RIGHT TO TRAVEL: Iloilo City gov’t can’t stop Badjaos from returning

first_imgEven the local government of Jolo maynot be able to restrict the movement of the Badjaos, said Alejano. The Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) of the citygovernment discovered as early as last year that Badjao mendicants would sendback to where they came from the money collected here via money remittancecenters. Theordinance provides that “those caught begging are liable to fines of P500,imprisonment of not more than a year or both fine and imprisonment.” Just recently, 87 mendicant Badjaoswere rounded up by the city government. They were lectured about the cityordinance on mendicancy. Should the Badjaos return to IloiloCity, they would again be rounded up for deportation, said Alejano. On Nov. 10, 2017 then mayor Jose Espinosa IIIordered the PSTMO to round up the roaming Badjaos and ship them back toMindanao. According to the PSTMO chief, they received information that someone orsome groups from where the Badjaos came from facilitated their travel to IloiloCity. PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu said the Badjao beggars here were from Zamboanga andJolo. For the impending deportation of theBadjaos next month, Alejano said the city government already sent communicationto Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan and the Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment there. Meanwhile,giving to beggars is punishable by a fine of P500 or community service. Anyperson, syndicate or group who utilize and exploit minors, disabled and infirmpersons in the mendicancy trade shall suffer a penalty of P2,000 in fine andimprisonment of not less than two months. “There is nothing we can do tocompletely stop them from returning. Even Manila, Cebu and Bacolod haveBadjaos,” he lamented. “Nobody can stop them from boarding aship and go somewhere else if they have the money to pay,” he added. Giving alms to street children andbeggars is not allowed in Iloilo City and such act is punishable under CityRegulation Ordinance 2002-400.center_img Because of the conflict between Muslimseparatists and government troops and the lack of livelihood opportunities,many Badjaos left Mindanao. ILOILO City – The city governmentwould be deporting to Jolo, Sulu all mendicant Badjaos next month via aPhilippine Air Force C-130 airplane. But this is just a temporary solution. Itmay not be able to stop them from returning to the city. “Filipinos man ina sila,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas’executive assistant Hector Alejano, citing freedom of movement guaranteed inthe Constitution. Mayor Jerry Treñas told Panay Newshe asked the National Bureau of Investigation and Iloilo City Police Office toconduct an investigation. The Badjaos, widely known as “sea gypsies”,are an ethnic group scattered along the coastal areas of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu,Basilan and some coastal municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur in the AutonomousRegion in Muslim Mindanao. “Tan-awon ta konmay counterparts ina sila diri sa syudadsang Iloilo,” said Conlu. “They also foundthe Ilonggos generous.” Next month is the first time the citygovernment would be facilitating the Badjaos’ return direct to their homeprovince. Previous deportation efforts were only up to Cagayan de Oro Citywhere there’s a seaport with ships going to Iloilo City. “Didto silanagapadala sang kwarta. Mga dalagku nga amount,” saidConlu. Are there persons or groups behind the proliferation of mendicant Badjaosin this city? Section 6, Article III (Bill ofRights) of the 1987 Philippine Constitution reads: “The liberty of abode and ofchanging the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impairedexcept upon lawful order of the court. Neither shall the right to travel beimpaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or publichealth, as may be provided by law.” BADJAOS IN THE CITY. These Badjao beggars have been rounded up by Iloilo City government personnel from the districts of Jaro and Mandurriao. They would be deported to Jolo, Sulu next month. The city government, however, admits it would be difficult to bar the Badjaos from returning to the city. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Kunmangayo-ngayo sila nagapamilit pa kag nagapamutong, kalaw-ay gid (They force people to give them alms, it’s disgusting),” saidEspinosa who admitted that regulating the entry of Badjao beggars to the citywould be difficult./PNlast_img read more

Nasri out for eight weeks

first_imgManchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is facing around eight weeks on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered at Newcastle. The 26-year-old France international was carried from the field at St James’ Park on a stretcher with his left leg in a brace during Sunday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over the Magpies, with manager Manuel Pellegrini later revealing he had damaged his medial ligament. Nasri, who was due to undergo a scan on Monday, tweeted: “Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, I suppose its kind of good news that I will be out around 8 weeks.” Nasri was hurt in a 75th-minute challenge by compatriot Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, which earned the Newcastle man a yellow card. However, Pellegrini later claimed Yanga-Mbiwa should have bee sent off for the tackle. He said: “It’s very serious. It was a very unfair kick and the player of Newcastle, it was directly a red card. I don’t understand why he was not sent off.” Magpies boss Alan Pardew defended his player and wished Nasri a speedy recovery. He said: “He made a point in his mind that he didn’t want him to get away, and he was a bit rash in that challenge. He is not like that, though, and I hope Nasri is okay.” Nasri’s injury marred a good day for City on Tyneside as they left St James’ Park with a 2-0 victory which took them back to the top of the table. But full-back Pablo Zabaleta has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to relax after laying down a marker in the race for the title. City ground out a controversial victory at St James’ and in the process, extended their unbeaten run away from the Etihad Stadium to eight games, further evidence that they have addressed their failings in that department earlier in the campaign. Press Association However, Argentina international Zabaleta knows that will count for little if they do not maintain their standards in the weeks and months ahead. He told City TV: “That is so important for this team, to keep winning games and keep going, and also be a consistent team. “Sometimes people ask about when we play at home, that we are a different team, but today we showed again that even if you don’t play at your best, it’s important to win the game. “We are in good shape now and we need to keep working hard because there is still a long way to go to the end of the league. “Nobody is dropping points now, everybody is very close, it’s very tight at the top of the table. It was fantastic to come back today to the top of the league.” City’s sixth victory in those eight away fixtures proved to be hard-earned as they took an early lead and were then grateful to referee Mike Jones for ruling out a Cheick Tiote equaliser which might have turned a tight game. Edin Dzeko fired the visitors ahead with just eight minutes gone as he emphatically dispatched Aleksandar Kolarov’s inch-perfect cross past keeper Tim Krul. But the Magpies thought they were back in it when Ivory Coast international Tiote blasted an unstoppable 34th-minute half-volley past keeper Joe Hart, only for Jones to belatedly chalk it off after ruling that Yoan Gouffran had interfered with his sight-line from an offside position. The mood inside the stadium turned ugly as the home fans, and in particular Pardew, who became involved in a heated touchline exchange with opposite number Pellegrini, vented their fury on the official. However, City survived a concerted second-half fightback and as the home side pushed for a late equaliser, clinched victory with a second in stoppage time when Alvaro Negredo struck. Defender Martin Demichelis said: “I haven’t seen the replays, so I don’t know if it was on or offside. I understand the frustration, but people were maybe more focussed on the referee rather than us. “We had to focus, keep the intensity, and that’s what we did.” The fact that City managed to keep a clean sheet in such circumstances was a source of satisfaction for Zabaleta. He said: “We showed a great team spirit. Probably we didn’t play well with the ball, but sometimes, those games are about three points and today we did it, so we are really pleased with that.” last_img read more

Wenger: No complacency at Arsenal

first_imgManager Arsene Wenger insists there can be no complacency from Arsenal if they are to secure a top-four finish despite Everton’s unexpected home defeat by Crystal Palace. “We never had and we never tried to influence the decision of Sky or any other company. “If you want to know more, you look at the teams who have been protected since the start of the season and the teams who had the biggest rest between games. “You will see and you come to your own conclusions. I don’t question the objectivity of the television companies, but sometimes their choices don’t look very rational.” Wenger added: “If you want an objective view, I haven’t made it – just make your analysis between Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City, Man United and all the other teams who play in the Champions League and you will come to your own conclusions.” Both Arsenal and Hull are set to receive 25,000 tickets for the FA Cup final, with the rest passed on by the Football Association to their ‘football family’ and Club Wembley members. Wenger feels the lack of a fair split between the two sides at the 80,000-seater national stadium could have an impact on the atmosphere. “One of the charms of the FA Cup final was always that the stadium was reality divided in two. It’s a shame that it doesn’t happen any more because that was always an absolutely fantastic atmosphere,” said the Arsenal manager, whose side were cheered on by some 50,000-plus Gunners fans in the semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Wigan last weekend. “I remember I have been at European Championship finals of the nations and World Cup finals and always there’s a little bit of a lack of atmosphere because it is so divided. I think the atmosphere will lose a little bit.” Arsenal will have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a two-match suspension at the KC Stadium, while Ozil may also travel up to east Yorkshire if he is deemed fit enough. The German playmaker has not featured since limping off at half-time in the Champions League second leg against Bayern Munich on March 11. Wenger is in no doubt the best is yet to come from the 25-year-old, who has struggled for consistent form after a positive start when joining from Real Madrid on deadline day for £42.5million. “He had a period where he was tired, because he was not used to playing through the season and he was a bit jaded,” said Wenger. “Mesut Ozil is a fantastic football player, and I would put him on the list to be player of the season next season.” The Gunners, who beat West Ham on Tuesday night, saw their hopes of Champions League qualification receive a boost after Roberto Martinez’s side saw their seven-match winning streak brought to an abrupt end by the Eagles, now safe in the Barclays Premier League for another season. Wenger, though, insists there is still plenty of work ahead for his side, who travel to FA Cup final opponents Hull on Easter Sunday where they could have record signing Mesut Ozil available again following a hamstring injury. “It is of course a big encouragement but there is a lot of work to do for us, and that’s what we want to continue to do,” said Wenger, whose side are a point ahead of the Toffees. “We have a big game at Hull, we just want to prepare as well as we can for it. “I think mentally we are in a better shape than a week ago, because we had two important wins, and that of course puts us in a better condition on the confidence front.” Arsenal’s trip to Hull was rescheduled following the decision by the Premier League to move Chelsea’s home game against Sunderland forward ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. The switch was berated by Gunners’ fans, many of whom had already made travel plans for the original date of Saturday. Wenger feels while the alteration “is not too disturbing” in terms of preparations, it leaves questions over just which fixtures can be changed, having seen Arsenal have to play at Manchester City on a Saturday lunchtime kick-off earlier this season soon after returning from a crunch Champions League game away to Napoli. He said: “We never got any help on that front. Never. “There is no written rule. When you speak to the Premier League, it is not the Premier League. It is the television companies who help, they decide who plays when and some clubs have maybe better introductions with television companies. Press Associationlast_img read more

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United only have themselves to blame

first_img The Dutchman saw his side race 2-0 ahead and after being pegged back, go 3-2 up with just 11 minutes remaining before unlikely hero Paul Dummett rescued a point for the Magpies on an eventful evening at St James’ Park. Van Gaal, whose side have now slipped to sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table after a run of just one victory in eight attempts, said: “I am very disappointed, but we have to blame ourselves because we could have finished this match much earlier. There were big chances for (Jesse) Lingard and (Marouane) Fellaini and we didn’t do that. I have said that also to my players. Louis van Gaal insisted Manchester United had only themselves to blame after twice squandering leads to draw 3-3 at struggling Newcastle. He said: “We were talking about ‘Boring, boring United’ and Newcastle having questionable character – I think both teams showed that that’s not true. We said it might be a 0-0 and it’s ended up a 3-3. “Manchester United are a quality team and they keep the ball and they control it once they’re in front. You don’t realise what a monumental effort that is, to come back from 2-0 and 3-2, and to perform as we did.” It proved to be a good day for McClaren, who revealed his delight at the acquisition of Shelvey in particular. He said: “When I came in in the summer and we were looking at quality players and young players and English players, we tried to get Jonjo Shelvey then. “It wasn’t to be, but I am delighted to get him now. He’s 23, he’s English, he’s in the England team and I think he’s got more to come, and certainly will add quality and character to this team.” “The referee makes a decision on a penalty that maybe has a big question mark over it, but we could have finished the game by ourselves much earlier. “There was the deflected shot from Dummett to equalise, but okay, that is happening and that is luck for Newcastle United. But you have to force the luck and finish the chances when you get them when they are so big.” Rooney’s ninth-minute penalty got United on their way and they looked to be coasting when Jesse Lingard made it 2-0, although Georginio Wijnaldum gave the Magpies hope three minutes before the break. Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled from the spot with 67 minutes gone, but Rooney looked to have won it with a fine 79th-minute strike until defender Dummett lashed home a last-gasp equaliser with the help of a deflection off Chris Smalling. Referee Mike Dean gave two penalties on the night – one to Manchester United for handball against Chancel Mbemba and the other to Newcastle for Smalling’s tussle with Mitrovic – both of them contested by the respective managers, and might have given at least one more. Van Gaal added: “In my opinion, there is no discussion about the penalties. I have seen the video and you see Mbemba is putting his hand to the ball and that was why Fellaini could not head the ball. He did it with purpose and consciously, so that is a penalty. “The heavyweight wrestling between Mitrovic and Smalling, you can clearly see that he [Mitrovic] is pushing the head of Smalling to the ground. Then it is about heavyweight champions and who is the heavyweight champion at the end of it, and that was Smalling in his eyes. I cannot understand that.” Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, who said he “couldn’t believe” the penalty awarded against Mbemba, was delighted with the way his players, watched by new signings Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet, fought for their point. Press Associationlast_img read more

Hancock County athletes claim indoor track wins at UMaine

first_imgORONO — Local athletes were among the many first-place finishers Saturday in the latest day of Eastern Maine Indoor Track League action at the University of Maine.In the first of the day’s two meets, the George Stevens Academy girls finished second behind Hermon. The Eagles won the 4-by-200 and 4-by-800 relays as a team, and Grace Broughton (55-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash) provided the team with two individual wins.For Bucksport, Addie Morrison beat out 16 competitors to win the girls’ 400-meter dash. The sophomore’s winning time was 1 minute, 4.66 seconds.Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and Sumner competed in the second meet of the day, and the Trojans enjoyed a particularly strong showing with a total of 38 personal records. MDI won the 4-by-800 relay on the girls’ side, and Marilyn Sawyer (girls’ 55- and 200-meter dashes), Katelyn Osborne (girls’ 400-meter dash) and Elijah Denning (boys’ pole vault) added individual wins.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth placed third as a team behind Hampden Academy and Bangor on the boys’ side. In the high jump, junior Nate Mason cleared a height of 5 feet, 10 inches to come away with first place for the Eagles in the high jump.The teams will be back at UMaine for the final regular season meet Saturday, Feb. 2. Ellsworth, MDI, GSA and Sumner will compete in the first meet at 10 a.m., and Bucksport will compete in the second meet at 2 p.m.last_img read more

Babar Azam wants to be compared with Pakistan former batting greats not Kohli

first_imgWORCESTERSHIRE: Pakistan white-ball skipper Babar Azam on Thursday said that he wants to be compared with former batting greats of his own nation rather than India skipper Virat Kohli. The two modern-day greats are time and again pitted against each other, by fans and critics alike, for their impeccable playing styles and incredible consistency. Azam, however, stated that he doesn’t want to be compared with Kohli but with some of the top-class batsmen that have donned the jersey of Pakistan in the past. “I don’t want to be compared with Virat Kohli. It would be better if people compare me with one of the Pakistani legends like Javed Miandad, Mohammad Yousuf or Younis Khan,” Azam said during a teleconference as per Cricket Pakistan. Azam and his Pakistan teammates have already touched down in England for their much-anticipated series in August which includes three Tests and as many T20Is. IANS Also Watch: AASU Protests against Land Policy 2020 at Various places in Assamlast_img read more

Upperchurch and Loughmore do battle in Mid Football Final

first_imgReigning county champions Loughmore Castleiney do battle with Upperchurch Drombane in the Mid Senior Football Final this evening.It’s Upperchurch’s second mid final in as many weeks – they were defeated by Thurles Sarsfields in the hurling decider last weekend.Mid Tipp Chair Joe Kennedy says Upperchurch were unlucky against the Sars, but will relish the challenge against Loughmore. The game gets underway in Littleton at half 5 this evening.Staying with the Mid division, and Holycross and Moycarkey Borris do battle in the minor hurling final at 3 in Templemore.While the minor final in the South will be contested by St Mary’s and Moyle Rovers in Cahir at 5.30 this evening.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale’s July 4th Celebration to Feature Fireworks Around the City

first_imgComcast Channel 78, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 Residents are encouraged to enjoy the fireworks shows beginning at 9:00 p.m. from their backyards, front porches, patios, balconies or virtually on: FLTV at www.fortlauderdale.gov/fltv YouTube at www.youtube.com/CityofFortLauderdale Photo Courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach. Photo is from previous 4th on Flagler. This year’s fireworks will not be launched from near Flagler Drive but, instead, from two different undisclosed north and south locations to reach as many people as possible.center_img This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the annual Fort Lauderdale’s Independence Day Celebration won’t feature a massive fireworks show but instead will have four small fireworks show around the city. The shows will take place at: Holiday Park, U.S. 1 and Sunrise Boulevard (18-minute show); City Hall, Andrews Avenue and NE 1 Street (18-minute show); Carter Park, Sunrise Boulevard and NW 16 Avenue (18-minute show); and the Beach Community Center, A1A and Oakland Park Boulevard (10-minute close proximity show). The shows will not be open to spectators and no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed access to the areas where the shows are located.last_img read more

ARC agrees deal with TSG Global Wagering Solutions

first_img Related Articles Intralot appoints Byron Boothe as US CEO June 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) has agreed a significant distribution deal for North American thoroughbred and greyhound racing with TSG Global Wagering Solutions (“GWS”).The deal commences from April 2018, under an exclusive arrangement, which sees ARC take GWS horseracing and greyhound content for distribution for fixed-odds betting in independent betting shops in the UK and across the international market.GWS provides fixed-odds and co-mingling from over 40 thoroughbred race tracks from North America, with on average more than 60 thoroughbred horseraces available every day.  The dozen greyhound tracks under GWS include leading stadia Daytona Beach and Palm Beach and will provide over 60 greyhound races a day.Following the deal with GWS, ARC now offers an extensive range of sporting content with horseracing and greyhound racing from across 4 continents, including:UK greyhound racing from established and well-known proven BAGS tracks;Australian horseracing and greyhound racing content;South African horseracing content;US horseracing and greyhound racing content; andUK horseracing, in partnership with At The Races, from the end of 2018.ARC’s Group Corporate Development Director, Kevin Robertson, commented: “ARC is delighted to announce this deal with GWS which sees us significantly expand our range of products available for UK and international betting shop customers. Furthermore, our continued distribution into Australia, following a successful trial, will be expanding to three BAGS greyhound meetings per day. “This clearly shows we are the world leaders in the betting shop market having the most extensive and best quality horseracing and greyhound racing. This ensures both sports can maintain their popularity with punters around the world.” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Last week of brush pickups for city residents only

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – As a reminder to everyone in town, this is the last week for brush pickup.The city will collect bagged lawn materials until Thursday, November 29 for Alpena residents only.Place bags on the curb no more than two days before pickup. Materials won’t get picked–up if they are placed on the curb after 6 am.For additional information, contact the Public Works Service Center located at 1001 Long Lake Avenue in Alpena.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local kids will ‘Shop with a Cop’ this holiday seasonNext First Ever Jingle Bell Run a Major Successlast_img read more