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PH formally ends US military pact

first_img Panelo said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has signed and sent the termination letter to the US Embassy last week, marking the start of the 180-day period from when the military pact will be scrapped. MANILA – The Philippines has formally terminated the two decades-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. The formal termination of the VFA came a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said that he thumbed down American President Donald Trump’s attempt to salvage the military agreement. “I’ll make it public. Si Trump and others are trying to save the Visiting Forces Agreement. Sabi ko ayaw ko. Napakabastos ng Amerikano. Talagang sobrang bastos,” Duterte said in a speech on Monday night. “The President directed the Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to tell Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin of the Foreign Affairs to send a notice of termination to the US government last night and the Executive Secretary sent the message to Secretary Teddy Boy Locsin and the latter signed the notice of termination… and sent to the US government today,” Panelo said in a media briefing on Tuesday. Panelo, meanwhile, said that the Philippines is not closing its doors on engaging military agreement with other countries but President Duterte is inclined not to rely on other nations for strengthening the military defense. “From what I read from the agreement, there’s no need for US to respond to the termination,” he added. “Effectivity of the VFA termination would be 180 days from the receipt of the notice by the US government.” Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says there is no need yet to place Visayas and Mindanao under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) unlike Luzon. Still, people there are always required to observe physical and social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. Ratified by the Philippine Senate in 1999, the VFA allowed US troops to train and advise the Philippine military in disaster response and anti-terrorist operations, but banned US forces from participating in combat operations./PN “One country has already offered to enter into another agreement. As the President said, it is about time that we rely on our own resources,” Panelo said. “Basta may mutual benefits, we are open… But the President said we will strengthen our own defenses and not rely on other countries.” President Duterte has earlier ordered the termination of VFA due to US senators demand the release from detention of opposition senator Leila De Lima; US Senate resolution condemning drug war; amendment to US budget barring entry of PH officials linked to De Lima’s arrest; and cancellation of Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa’s US visa.last_img read more

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NBA Draft

first_imgIt was amazing to most experts how the NBA draft unfolded this past month. Few thought that IU would have two of the first five draft picks. This did not surprise me as much as how far down some of those “sure bets” were dropped. Kentucky’s Noels was the big drop for most, but let’s face it, he has a serious injury. Who knows how well he will rehab? Those IU fans who do not like their present coach are wondering how he could have had two top five draft picks and not win it all. What might have been part of this reason is the fact that the Big Ten had quite a list of top-draft picks. What I found both interesting and strange was all the trades that were made. It seems teams want bodies they can trade for some known NBA player or a later draft pick. Whether that player is the best at the time seemed to have little significance in their picks. ‘Let’s just get a body to trade’ is their theory. Victor Oladipo should be able to play fairly quickly with his varied skills and speed. Cody Zeller will have to bulk up a lot and get used to being banged around by everyone before he will make his impact. As usual, the huge bodies of older foreign players made their splash in the draft. Seven footers who could shoot threes are always popular in the pros. I still think freshmen should not be drafted–or sophomores, for that matter. Now starts the trek of nineteen year olds with no money signing a huge contract and then ending up in the wrong “court”. No one seems to care as long as they can shoot or rebound a basketball.last_img read more

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Batesville To Honor Outgoing AD Saturday

first_imgMark Ferguson, athletic director at Batesville High School, will retire at the end of the school year.Batesville High School will honor Athletic Director Mark Ferguson who is retiring at the end of the school year.For nearly 20 years, Ferguson has led the athletic department that has grown to include more sports, and has also directed athletic programs at Batesville Middle School for the past several years.Among other duties, Ferguson has provided guidance for sports programs, determined schedules for games and practices including those that get rescheduled due to weather, and maintained a medical file on each student-athlete.His work has been recognized by former associates including Hall of Fame Coach Ron Raver.“I not only had the pleasure of working with Mark while I was still coaching, but have enjoyed working with him as a volunteer,” Raver explained.The high school will honor Ferguson on Saturday afternoon between the JV and Varsity basketball game vs. East Central. The JV game begins at 1 p.m.last_img read more

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Lady Twisters Volleyball Stats

first_imgOldenburg Academy Volleyball names Megan Hornberger Player of the Week for the week of 9/13. Mornberger, a senior defensive specialist, is tied for 1st in digs in Indiana (all classes) and ranks 36th in the nation in digs with 474. She tallied 139 digs in 7 matches for a 6.6 dig/set average.OA Volleyball StatsCourtesy of Twisters Coach Brian Patterson with Max Preps.last_img

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Boys Basketball

first_imgAre you aware that Indiana High Schools can now schedule and play two extra basketball games this coming season.  The last several years schools could play only 20 games.  These 20 games included tourneys played in the normal schedule–but not the state tourney games.Some people might question this extra playing time.  I, for one, like the idea.  When you spend as much time preparing for a season as athletes do today, they deserve the reward of playing extra games.  Since the high schools must finance their own athletic programs,  gate receipts play a big part in doing this.  The only two sports that attract enough spectators are football and basketball, and in most schools, basketball is the largest contributor.The extra two games will not put a major drain on the athletes even though they are not adding any more weeks to the regular season.  The schedules are being reorganized anyway because of Title IX which I have reported on several times already.  For most players, games are much less taxing on their bodies than practices.  Check your local school schedule for these added games.last_img read more

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U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Same-sex couples can now marry in Indiana following a surprise ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.The court declined to hear cases on same-sex marriage in five states, meaning gay couples can now wed in Indiana, Wisconsin, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Utah.The move means decisions by lower courts to strike down bans in those states stand.The justices have not made a decision on gay marriage nationwide.last_img

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Spring Break

first_imgWe are in the second week of Spring Break at most of our area schools.  It is a good thing I am retired, because Spring Break and I did not get along when I was coaching track.  I held practice every day over the break, and unless the students arranged ahead of time to be out of town, I expected them to be at practice.  I suppose I got by with this because it hasn’t been until the last 20 or 30 years that everybody seems to be going somewhere over Spring Break.If schools continue to insist on a 2-week break in the spring, then they need to schedule athletic contests accordingly.  You can’t expect a young athlete to come back after 2 weeks off and go right into spring contests.  This is how a lot of spring injuries occur.  Also, I am not one who believes the students need 2 weeks off.  Unless you go to a true year-round calendar, these breaks (in my opinion) are not sound.  Whatever happened to Good Friday and Easter Monday?last_img read more

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Bulldogs Middle School And Freshman Basketball Results

first_imgThe Batesville 7th grade boys lost Monday night to the Connersville Spartans by a score of 42 to 19.The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Eli Pierson with 7, Cole Werner with 5 and Ean Loichinger with 5. The 7th grade boys are now 3 and 2 on the season.They will play again Tuesday night at North Decatur.The boys 8th grade improved to 3-2 against a scrappy Connersville team by a final of 35-21.RJ Powell led all scorers with 10. Calvin Sherwood added 9. Trey Peters and Mason Barker scored 8 and 6 respectively with 2 threes a piece. Austin Cornn rounded out the scoring with 2points.We will be in action tonight against North Decatur. Make the short trip to Greensburg and support your middle school teams. Go Bulldogs!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.The Freshman boys basketball team bounced back from their opening loss by beating South Decatur 46-14.The Bulldogs were in control most of the game and got out to a great 18-0 start after the first quarter. We out rebounded South Decator 34-18, and also won the turnover battle 10-19.The Bulldogs were led by Charlie Dice who had 14 points, followed by Jacob Deutsch with 8.  Scores by quarter:  1st qtr: 18-0 Batesville.  2nd qtr: 30-5.  3rd qtr: 43-12.  Final: 46-14.The Bulldogs will face South Dearborn tomorrow at Batesville Primary School at 6pm.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Sean Boyce.last_img read more

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Happy New Year!

first_imgWelcome back to Huddle Up!  I hope your holiday break was great.  Now we get back to the routine of winter sports beginning tonight as the Ripley County Girls Tournament begins at Jac-Cen-Del High School.  The boys portion will begin tomorrow night at Batesville High School.  If you are free, this is the best ticket in the area for the rest of this week.  Get out and root for your favorite team.Coaches Corner will be resuming next Monday night.last_img

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Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg holding blood drive

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Ivy Tech in Lawrenceburg is partnering with the Hoxworth Blood Center to host a blood drive this winter.The blood drive will take place on February 9 from 10:00 AM to 12:15 PM and again from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM in room 514 of the Riverfront campus.Everyone is welcome to donate.Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 years old with parental consent, and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.They must present photo identification and should eat a good meal within four hours before giving and drink plenty of water or juice before and after donating.The donation process takes less than one hour.To schedule an appointment, visit: www.hoxworth.org/groups/ivytech or call Hoxworth at 800-830-1091.last_img

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