Senate panel recommends graft raps against Albayalde, 13 others

first_imgSenate Blue Ribbon Committee chairSen. Richard Gordon on Friday said Albayalde – former head of the Pampangapolice when the questionable operation took place – and other policemen are“guilty of malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasance.”         Albayalde was the chief of Pampangapolice when 13 police officers allegedly let suspected drug lord Johnson Leeflee in exchange for P50 million while most of the 200 kilos of shabuconfiscated during the operation were not declared and presumed to have beensold back to the drug market. Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Sen. Richard Gordon (right) says former Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde and 13 other policemen should be charged for violating the provisions of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for their alleged involvement in the reselling of confiscated illegal drugs. “If you ask me as a lawyer and not asa blue ribbon chair, it would warrant drug charges against Albayalde,” headded. Malfeasance is committing an act thatone had no legal right to perform. Misfeasance is the failure to exercise duecare and diligence in the performance of an official duty. Nonfeasance is therefusal to perform an act which an officer is obliged to perform.  center_img Albayalde denied allegations that hewas involved with the operation and that he intervened in the implementation ofa dismissal order on the 13 police officers involved./PN MANILA – A Senate panel recommendedthat former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde and13 other policemen should be charged for violating the provisions of theAnti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and for their alleged involvement in the resellingof confiscated illegal drugs.  “You have all the circumstantialconnection, pinabayaan ‘yung kaso. Atthe very least liable siya doon,dereliction of duty,” Gordon said.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic, Los Angeles Galaxy confirm MLS move

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Zlatan Ibrahimovic completed his move to Los Angeles Galaxy on Friday, aiming to conquer Major League Soccer in the final stop of his glittering career.The iconic 36-year-old striker announced his move in a typically enigmatic full-page advert in the Los Angeles Times, which read simply: “Dear Los Angeles – you’re welcome.”“Coming to play in the United States, it is only fitting for me to join the most successful team in Major League Soccer, the LA Galaxy,” Ibrahimovic said in a statement released later by the Galaxy.“I am excited to join a club with a winning legacy that has embodied soccer in Los Angeles for over 20 years.”Asked by the Los Angeles Times if he believed Los Angeles was big enough to accommodate his larger-than-life personality, he added: “If not, I’ll make it bigger.”The Swedish star’s move to MLS had been widely reported on Thursday after Premier League giants Manchester United confirmed the player had been given permission to leave the club with immediate effect.The Galaxy have not released details of Ibrahimovic’s contract but Sports Illustrated have reported that the forward has inked a two-year deal worth $3 million, a fraction of the reported $13.1 million annual salary he was earning in his final year at United.Dan Beckerman, chief executive of AEG, the Galaxy’s parent company, said Ibrahimovic was not motivated by dollar signs.#zLAtan pic.twitter.com/S73CpaNMaP— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) March 23, 2018“He’s made it clear he’s coming here to win championships,” Beckerman told the Times. “It’s not about the money. LA is a place for stars, and he’s going to be one of the brightest stars that’s ever played in this market.”It is not known when Ibrahimovic will play his first game for the Galaxy although reports suggested he could make his debut in next Saturday’s derby against Los Angeles FC.Ibrahimovic’s arrival in California comes after a serious knee injury last year disrupted the end of his stint with Manchester United, which he joined in 2016 from Paris Saint-Germain. The charismatic goalscorer had not played for United this season since featuring in a 2-2 draw against Burnley on December 26.Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals in 46 appearances during a remarkable first campaign in the Premier League before tearing knee ligaments in a Europa League game last April.The deal makes Ibrahimovic the latest in a long line of ageing stars who have been lured to America by the Galaxy following David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Keane and former England international Ashley Cole.Ibrahimovic’s transfer is almost certainly the final chapter of a career which has seen the 6ft 4in (1.95m) forward collect winners’ medals during spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and United.– ‘Washed up?’ –But whether or not Ibrahimovic is likely to enjoy a similarly successful spell in America remains an open question, however.While the technical level of the league is below that of leading leagues in Europe, MLS remains a physically demanding arena that is likely to ask questions of a player still working his way back from injury.“Is he the physical force who dominated the top levels of the game for well over a decade?” ESPN soccer writer Jeff Carlisle asked on Thursday.“Or is LA getting a washed-up 36-year-old forward who isn’t even a year removed from a devastating knee injury, and can no longer rely on his once-prodigious physical gifts?”Ibrahimovic, however, told the Times he is fit and ready to start.“I am ready to go now,” Ibrahimovic said. “First of all, I’m there to play football. I’m not there for something else. My first objective is to play football and do what I’m good at.”The Swede’s arrival in MLS comes at a time when clubs are increasingly turning away from the recent practice of signing veteran European stars already into their 30s.Several clubs have instead found success by looking to sign younger players from South America who view the league as a potential springboard for a move to Europe.Although the Galaxy are the most successful club in MLS history with a record five championships, their fortunes have dipped sharply in recent seasons.Last year, the club finished bottom of the Western Conference with only eight wins from 34 games. It was only the fourth time the club had failed to reach the playoffs, and the first time it finished with the league’s wooden spoon.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Two River Mayors Invite County and State To Discuss Bike Paths

first_imgSHREWSBURY – Members of the Two River Council of Mayors continue to hope to sway the county’s seemingly tepid position on establishing designated bike lanes in the Two River area.The mayors who have reiterated their support for the proposal to have bike lanes on county roads, decided to extend an invitation for their planned July 16 meeting to Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and other members of the county Board of Chosen Freeholders, hoping to elicit some more support from the board. County officials have expressed reservations for the county’s participation in establishing formal lanes in the area.The mayors’ group plans to also invite state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) to the July meeting, hoping he may be able to facilitate a meeting of the minds between local and county government, it was decided at the June 11 meeting. O’Scanlon and state Senator Joseph Kyrillos (also R-13) “both have been a huge help,” and have supported in theory the proposal, said Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, who has been spearheading this initiative for approximately the last year.Several calls to Freeholder Arnone were not returned. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County spokeswoman, declined to respond given she has not yet heard directly from the mayors and did not attend the meeting.As an olive branch offering, Lucarelli also suggested each town consider paying a portion of the project, offsetting what would be the county’s cost if the project moves forward.The mayors who have reiterated their support for the proposal to have bike lanes on county roads, decided to extend an invitation for their planned July 16 meeting to Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone and other members of the county Board of Chosen Freeholders, hoping to elicit some more support from the board. County officials have expressed reservations for the county’s participation in establishing formal lanes in the area.The mayors’ group plans to also invite state Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) to the July meeting, hoping he may be able to facilitate a meeting of the minds between local and county government, it was decided at the June 11 meeting. O’Scanlon and state Senator Joseph Kyrillos (also R-13) “both have been a huge help,” and have supported in theory the proposal, said Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli, who has been spearheading this initiative for approximately the last year.Several calls to Freeholder Arnone were not returned. Laura Kirkpatrick, Monmouth County spokeswoman, declined to respond given she has not yet heard directly from the mayors and did not attend the meeting.As an olive branch offering, Lucarelli also suggested each town consider paying a portion of the project, offsetting what would be the county’s cost if the project moves forward.A number of the mayors expressed criticism of the freeholders’ April decision to place the heavy lifting and responsibility on local government to establish these routes, alleging it was an attempt on county government to kill off the proposal.“That’s what they’re hoping,” said West Long Branch Mayor Janet Tucci.“It’s just an outrage, it really is,” added Monmouth Beach Mayor Susan Howard.The freeholders, after a review by county engineer Joseph Ettore, voted in April to establish guidelines for such interconnecting bike lanes on county roads. If municipalities want to do it, each town would have to have its own engineer conduct the study, and pay for that, and the towns would have to be willing to pay for the striping and stenciling the roadways and putting up necessary signs. The towns’ plans would have to be submitted to the county for its approval, first, to ensure it meets state transportation requirements, along with other criteria.County officials have said, while it maybe a worthwhile project, they simply can’t afford to do it and there are issues of liability that have to be addressed.Ettore had told county officials it would cost approximately $15,000 per mile to under take the project. Lucarelli and Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl have disputed that price tag.Having each town responsible could jeopardize the continuity of the project, if all towns fail to participate, and would greatly increase the cost of the project, Lucarelli said, stressing this should be a county project.“The county really has to drive the bus,” on this, he said to the mayors.Ekdahl estimated it would cost about $25,000 per town to undertake the engineering study.If the county
the project and “if you do it right, it’ll be a nominal cost,” Lucarelli said.Lucarelli’s plan is to have designated bike lanes – about four-foot wide – along county roadways from Red Bank, east through the Fair Haven-Rumson peninsula. The lanes would continue through Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach, to Oceanport and loop back toward Red Bank. Lucarelli said this would create a safer and more welcoming environment for those who already cycle on the roadways for recreation and transportation encourage others to do it.His idea would be to stripe the roadways when the county undertakes repaving projects.This is the new paradigm across the U.S. and elsewhere in the world, working to get people out of their cars and on bikes or walking for health and environmental reasons, in the past said Lucarelli, who is a cycling enthusiast.The state Department of Transportation (DOT) has plans to repave state Highway 35 from Asbury Avenue, Ocean Township, to the Middletown border at the Coopers Bridge, with state transportation officials considering adding bike lanes, according to Lucarelli.Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long told the mayors’ group the DOT plans on adding bike lanes in Sea Bright along Ocean Avenue/Highway 36, from Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook to the Monmouth Beach border, when the road is repaved, following water main replacement work in the fall.According to the DOT, as part of a Route 36 resurfacing project, bike lanes will be installed in the Sea Bright area. The project is expected to begin next spring. It was originally planned for a spring 2015 start but a water main project in the area required NJDOT to wait until the ground settles.Lucarelli remains confident an accommodation can be reached between county and local officials.“We’ll work it out,” he said. He also encouraged the mayors to contact freeholders to voice support for the bike routes.The Two River Council of Mayors, an informal group of 13 area communities, has unanimously endorsed the bike lanes plan, said Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden, the current council chairman.John Burton can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

Leafs look to keep unbeaten streak alive; host Bruins Saturday at NDCC Arena

first_imgFollowing a single-game weekend, the Nelson Leafs return to the fold with a pair of key Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division games.Nelson, locked in a three-way tie for second spot in the division with Beaver Valley and surprising Grand Forks, travel south of the 49th parallel to face the Braves.The Leafs, undefeated in September with five exhibition and three regular season wins, know all too well how difficult it is to win in the Lilac City as the Braves always put up a challenge regardless of the team’s success.Saturday, the Leafs return to the NDCC Arena to host the new-and-improved Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m.After opening the season with three consecutive wins the Bruins have cooled off after dropping a pair of games to defending KIJHL champ Castlegar and Beaver Valley. The Bruins enter the weekend sporting two of the top three scoring leaders in the KIJHL.Jackson Purvis leads the league with 13 points in five games.Former Leaf Connor Gross is tied for second with three players with 11 points.Purvis and Gross combined have almost half of the Bruins offensive points.Nelson counters with the Jamie Vlanich-Travis Wellman connection.The two snipers have 14 of Nelson’s 44 points.LEAF NOTES: The players have been busy off the ice of late. Three days this week some of the players helped out in the soup kitchen while others were challenged go a floor hockey game at Trafalgar.last_img read more

Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa World Series patches in place, Dodgers prepare for Astros Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Prospective number one pick Christian Standhardinger did not attend the combine due to his commitments with his ABL team Hong Kong.The Fil-German big man, though, posted on his Twitter account that he will be in attendance for the PBA Draft. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion San Miguel coach Leo Austria. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria kept his lips sealed on the reported trade involving his team and Kia.Sources told INQUIRER.net on Sunday that the Picanto have traded the rights to the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 PBA Draft to the Beermen in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC READ: Kia trades top pick to San MiguelA revised version of the deal also surfaced with the Beermen sending Ronald Tubid, Yancy de Ocampo, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, McCarthy, a future pick, and cash considerations to the Picanto for the top selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe trade has reportedly been submitted but the Office of the Commissioner has yet to give its approval.Austria carefully watched PBA aspirants during the Draft Combine despite San Miguel not owning any pick in this year’s draft. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea linked as Lyon coach Genesio leaves Fekir out of Cup squad

first_imgChelsea linked as Lyon coach Genesio leaves Fekir out of Cup squadby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon coach Bruno Genesio has sparked transfer talk after leaving Nabil Fekir out of his squad this weekend.The Mirror says Lyon have left skipper Fekir out of their squad for their French Cup clash this weekend.The French playmaker stayed with Lyon in the summer after his proposed move to Liverpool fell through.Fekir looked set to stay until the end of the season at least, although he has just 18 months remaining on his contract. But just days into the January transfer window, he has been suspiciously omitted from the squad for the clash with fifth-tier Bourges Foot.Fekir has also attracted interest from Chelsea in recent months with Liverpool’s interest in the playmaker seemingly ending in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The SEC Is Reportedly Lifting Its Ban On Satellite Camps Too

first_imgSEC logoCould the SEC be added to its 14-team total?Update No. 2: SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has released a statement on the matter. Statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey on satellite camps. pic.twitter.com/25DEq2mGdh— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 28, 2016Update No. 1 : The ACC often votes in line with the SEC, and it is also following suit in lifting its own satellite camp ban, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson. Decision today means the ACC has changed its league rule to match the NCAA rule: Satellite camps are now allowed. Go forth and camp …— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) April 28, 2016Earlier: The conference in most opposition to satellite camps has been the SEC, with much of these camps being held in their territory. With the NCAA reversing its stance on the camps, announcing today that the ban has been lifted, the SEC is now changing its mind on them, too. According to Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee, the SEC’s ban on satellite camps will be lifted on May 29.  Confirmed that, without a national ban, the SEC’s ban on satellite camps will be lifted on May 29.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) April 28, 2016Hugh Freeze isn’t going to be happy. The Ole Miss coach doesn’t like them because they take him away from his family in the offseason.  Hugh Freeze responds to Jim Harbaugh’s comments on refusing to “work harder” and not being a “kindred spirit” pic.twitter.com/zgmuxCdWLu— Andrew Doughty (@Adoughty88) April 13, 2016Will we get to see an SEC team hold a satellite camp in Columbus or Ann Arbor? That’d be fun.last_img read more

9 killed in landslides in Ukhand and JK death toll in Kerala

first_imgNew Delhi: Heavy showers lashed Uttarakhand and Jammu leaving nine people dead in landslides, while rescue and relief operations continued in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat on Monday with the death toll climbing to 173 in the four flood-hit states. Rains subsided in many parts of the flood-hit states where over 12 lakh people have been affected and the water level has started receding in the deluge-ravaged areas, officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The death toll in Kerala increased to 76 on Monday, while in Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra 97 people have lost their lives so far due to the monsoon fury, as per official data. Nearly 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods in Gujarat’s Kutch district were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF), while in Karnataka and Maharashtra works were started to repair roads damaged by landslides and heavy rains. In the hill state of Uttarakhand, which is being lashed by heavy rains, six persons, including a woman and her nine-month-old daughter, were buried alive in landslides in three different villages in Chamoli district. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Erosion caused by swirling waters of the flooded Chuflagad River also washed away two buildings on its banks. The state emergency operation centre in Dehradun said the debris of landslides fell on three houses in Banjabgad, Aligaon and Lankhi villages in the district’s Ghat area trapping occupants. The six people suffocated to death, the centre said. In Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a family died after they came under a boulder during a landslide in Resai district. Two others were also injured in the incident that took place on Sunday evening in Laar village in the district’s Mahore belt. In states hit by floods, several roads were cleared on Monday, allowing partial movement of traffic, with priority being given to trucks carrying essential goods. The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway-4, that was closed near Kolhapur in Maharashtra for last six days, was partially opened for traffic on Monday after the flood waters receded and thousands of stranded trucks carrying essential commodities were allowed to move. Traffic movement was also allowed between Kolhapur and Belgaum in Karnataka. Precaution is being maintained in the deluge-hit states as most rivers are in a spate and water is being released from reservoirs. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday visited flood affected areas in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala, including worst-hit Puthumala and assured all help to those hit by the calamity to rebuild their lives. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the IAF, state disaster response forces and local administration are providing relief and conducting rescue operations in states hit by monsoon fury. In the national capital, it was a humid Monday morning with the minimum temperature settling at 28 degrees Celsius, a notch above the season’s average. Humidity was recorded at 84 per cent at 8.30 am. The Safdarjung observatory recorded 0.2 mm rainfall till 8.30 am while Lodhi Road received 0.8 mm rainfall.last_img read more

Conservatives want to renew and deepen relationship with Aboriginal peoples

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The Conservative government unveiled its priorities Friday with a Speech from the Throne that pledged to “renew and deepen” Canada’s relationship with First Nations by removing the “barriers to social and economic participation that many Aboriginal Canadians face.”The speech, read by Gov. Gen. David Johnston, laid out the agenda for the recently elected Conservative majority government which largely focused on the economy and getting the country’s book back in the black.In a section of the speech titled, “Here for communities and industries,” the government said it wanted to better integrate Aboriginal people into the Canadian economic and social mainstream.“Canada’s Aboriginal peoples are central to Canada’s history, and our government has made it a priority to renew and deepen our relationship,” said Johnston. “The contribution of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples will be important to our future prosperity. Concerted action is needed to address the barriers to social and economic participation that many Aboriginal Canadian’s face.”The government pledged to “promote access to clean water” and use more clean energy technology in Aboriginal and northern communities.The government also promised to build on the work of the blue-ribbon panel announced by the Conservatives in their previous incarnation as a minority government tasked with studying ways to improve on-reserve elementary and secondary education.The government also said it planned to improve and expand adult basic education in the territories.“Our government will engage with partners to make concrete, positive changes to give First Nations children a better education so they can realize their dreams,” said Johnston.New investments are also planned for First Nations Land Management, a legislative-based program created to allow First Nations to develop codes and laws to govern and manage reserve lands.The government is also planning to introduce legislation on matrimonial real property rights to govern the handling of on-reserve assets following a divorce or death.“Our government will also introduce legislation to ensure that people living on reserve have the same matrimonial real property rights and protections as other Canadians,” Johnston said.The government also said it would complete the complete the last leg of the Dempster Highway, finally linking Inuvik, NT., to Tuktoyaktuk, NT.“Thereby realizing (former prime minister)John Diefenbaker’s vision,” said Johnston.The North would also continue to be a “cornerstone” of the government’s agenda, said Johnston.“The strongest expression of our sovereignty comes through presence and actions, not words,” he said. “Our government will continue to exercise leadership in the stewardship of northern lands and waters.”There are also plans to create an urban national park in the Rouge Valley of eastern Toronto.“In this, the 100th anniversary year of our national parks system, our government will create significant new protected areas,” said Johnston. “It will work with provincial, regional, municipal, Aboriginal and community stakeholders toward establishing an urban national park.”The speech made no mention of any plans for a meeting between Harper and First Nations leaders.Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo has been calling for a meeting.The event, held in the Senate Red Chamber, was momentarily upstaged by Senate page Brigette Marcelle, 21, who stepped onto the chamber floor with a red, “Stop Harper” sign for a few seconds before she was escorted away.“Harper’s agenda is disastrous for this country and for my generation,” said a statement from Marcelle sent to APTN National News. “We have to stop him from wasting billions on fighter jets, military bases and corporate tax cuts while cutting social programs and destroying the climate.”She has been fired.last_img read more

Halfway River First Nation BC sign partnership deal work on new conservancy

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government and Halfway River First Nation have agreed to work together to recommend that a 6,000-hectare conservancy known as Tsaa Nuna be established in an area of cultural significance to the community.The agreement also calls for the two governments to collaborate on land and wildlife stewardship in the First Nation’s territory.A news release says there will be joint planning in a portion of Tsaa Nuna and the two sides will seek to agree on development of natural gas resources. Halfway River is to receive a share of annual resource revenue. The First Nation is to receive one-time funding of $5.8 million for health, education, language and culture, community infrastructure, economic development, human resources and environmental stewardship programs.The Halfway River First Nation is located about 100 kilometres northwest of Fort St. John and has about 280 members.last_img read more