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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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Greensburg woman arrested on multiple counts of battery

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — A Greensburg woman has been arrested after police say she hit a police officer while intoxicated.According to police Deborah Washburn, 53, is facing three counts of Battery on a Public Safety Official and public intoxication.Police say they were dispatched to a residence Washburn was trying to enter that she thought was a family member’s.When police arrived, they found Washburn screaming but unable to form words.Washburn was transported to the Decatur County Memorial Hospital where police say she became unruly and began swinging at staff.She struck a police officer and an EMT, as well as an employee of the hospital who was attempting to draw blood.last_img

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Area Girls Basketball Scores (11-30)

first_imgArea Girls Basketball ScoresThursday  (11-30)East Central  89     Harrison  26Milan  69     Seton Catholic  18North Decatur  52     Oldenburg  43Crothersville  50     South Decatur  37South Dearborn  65     Taylor  36Trinity Lutheran  82     Edinburgh  32C-Team BasketballGreensburg  35     Batesville  14last_img

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Tennis News Roger Federer Who? 20-time Grand Slam winner is stopped by security and refused entry

first_imgRoger Federer has won Australian Open six timesFederer has also won 20 Grand Slam titlesFederer will be gunning for record 21st title Melbourne: Maybe Roger Federer isn’t as famous as we thought. Turns out that even he must carry his tournament ID to get where he’s try to go at the Australian Open. Rules are rules, after all. So what if Federer is a six-time champion at Melbourne Park … the owner of 20 Grand Slam titles in all … a man who’s spent more weeks ranked No. 1 than any other … and one of the most recognizable athletes on the planet? A video showing Federer stopped by a security guard in a hallway outside a locker room at the Grand Slam tournament made the rounds on Twitter on Saturday, drawing a mix of amazement and amusement.In the clip, the guard is seen indicating to Federer that he was missing his Australian Open accreditation pass. Players, coaches, officials, members of the media and others are given lanyards with badges that have a name, a photo, tournament role and a bar code that can be scanned at security checkpoints.      Federer didn’t argue. He stood patiently, waiting until he was joined by members of his entourage. That’s when he was allowed to proceed and go through the door. Saturday was a practice day for Federer at Melbourne Park. He is scheduled to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round on Sunday. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights However, Federer had a visitor in Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper. Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, posted on his official Twitter handle photos on his meeting with Federer. Kohli was accompanied by his wife and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. Kohli wrote on his handle, “What a day at the Australian open. An amazing way to finish the Australian summer. Forever grateful.” The smile on Kohli said it all, he had met a sportsman who is a true legend in every sense of the word. Although he met Federer, he watched Novak Djokovic in action as the Serb defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 to enter the fourth round.Federer, who is the defending champion at the Australian Open, has already sealed a place in the last 16 of the competition with a win against American Taylor Fritz on Friday. Kohli on Friday led India to a 2-1 over Australia, their first against the hosts in a bilateral ODI series Down Under. India also became the first country to return from Australia without losing a single series, having won the Test series 2-1 and drawn the T20 Internationals 1-1.-With Agency Inputs-last_img read more

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Mitchell adjusts to team atmosphere as SU freshman

first_imgNicole Mitchell really started to notice the difference when she went home to California for Thanksgiving break.She missed her friends and mentors from Syracuse. She didn’t have her teammates by her side, pushing her in workouts and competing against her in practice. No one was there shouting, “Let’s go, Nicole” to finish a last set. It was a return to her old tennis life. For Mitchell, being a part of a team is new and one reason she came to college.While attending Sonoma (California) Academy, Mitchell didn’t play for a team or enter tournaments as a part of a doubles tandem. At Syracuse, she’s adjusting to playing on a team, learning to maximize her size advantage and working to improve with a doubles partner instead of solely by herself. As the Orange’s lone freshman, Mitchell swept her five singles matches in the fall and is 2-1 in her singles matches in the spring season.Mitchell has always been dominant on her own, but now she has to integrate it with a team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’d see friends at tournaments and stuff, but all training was alone all the time,” Mitchell said. “Now, practicing with the team is a lot better.”In high school, Mitchell traveled globally in pursuit of tennis competition and tougher tournaments. Russia, Ukraine, Spain and Austria were just a few stops. She decided she wanted to keep traveling, so she focused on East Coast schools and Syracuse’s program emerged. She now shows up to Manley Field House every day with an unpredictable challenge that she hasn’t had in the past. She has a head coach in Younes Limam who assigns game situations, drills or workouts to her right when she gets to practice, with no advance notice what a practice will consist of.Despite the change, she’s meshed into the team so well some even forget she’s a freshman. “I tell her all the time, ‘I consider you like a sophomore,’” said Mitchell’s doubles partner, sophomore Olivia Messineo. “So for a freshman, she has done phenomenal. She came in ready to work.”Mitchell usually uses her 5-foot-11 frame to bully opponents. But Limam sees a few minor changes to complement her size that could make her even more dominant.“We’re focusing a lot on improving her serve because it can be a great weapon,” he said. “Also, using her backhand down the line and just being a little more aggressive overall.”A tendency to hang back from the net and hit big smashes with her power has led to a little bit of timidity in Mitchell’s game as far as playing up on the net, but she’s working to improve it, starting in the doubles arena.Still adjusting to playing doubles, Mitchell and Messineo are 0-2 with a “DNF” against South Florida, though they were trailing after the match was stopped because USF had already clinched the point.“(Doubles are) a pretty big difference because you have to be at the net,” Mitchell said. “But you’re a team. You have a partner and you lean on each other and push each other throughout the match.”Though Mitchell has practiced all her life to play individually on the tennis court, she’ll now know the experience of playing for a team. When she falls behind in a match, she’ll have something she’s never had before: A teammate may encourage her on, a voice familiar from practice. “Let’s go, Nicole.”“It’s never easy to come in as a freshman, especially a part of being on a team because tennis is such an individual sport,” Limam said. “She’s definitely a team player.” Comments Published on January 28, 2015 at 12:04 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Transformation directives see Rank confident of beating year expectations

first_imgShare Issuing a corporate filing, the governance of LSE-listed gambling group Rank Plc has this morning disclosed that ‘further positive trading’ will see the company deliver underlying operating profits ahead of market expectations.Updating investors, Rank governance underlines significant progress in its ‘corporate transformation programme’ which has underpinned growth within its Digital, Grosvenor and International units.Based on current trading trends, Rank governance maintains that it will deliver corporate underlying operating profits in the range of £105-115 million, tracking above the market consensus of £93-103 million for the year ending 30 June 2020.Since December 2018, Rank governance has operated its transformation programme, overseen by Group Chief Executive John O’Reilly, with executive Jim Marsh leading the scheme directive as ‘Chief Transformation Officer’.Publishing its 2019 annual accounts, Rank governance disclosed that the transformation directives had delivered £11 million in group-wide cost reductions during the second half of 2018/2019, which should transfer to an expected £9.3 million in savings during current year trading.Rank governance is scheduled to announce its interim results for the six months ended 31 December 2019 on 30 January 2020. Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Rank lowers profit guidance as Mecca venues begin reopening  July 3, 2020 Submit Rank outlines plans to reopen Grosvenor venues July 22, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Tammie

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Tammie! She is a gorgeous, German Shepherd/Husky mix who loves people, car rides, treats, and being part of the action. Tammie is very sweet, weighs 50 pounds, and at 1 1/2 years of age should be mostly grown. It is so cute how one of her ears stands up and one flops down, and her golden eyes are very soulful. Tammie would do best with an active family that will cater to her energetic personality, has a fenced yard, and plenty of love to give!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Tammie in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email thedoghouse3091@hotmail.com or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

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When Temps Drop, A Refuge For the Homeless

first_imgBy Christina Johnson |RED BANK – For homeless people living under bridges, in cars, or in the woods, a wintery nor’easter or freezing cold snap can be deadly.But now, thanks to the efforts of several community leaders, the homeless will find a safe haven in a “hope and comfort” warming center next door to Pilgrim Baptist Church on Shrewsbury Avenue.“We here in Red Bank are setting the standard of responding to human need in a special way,” said Rev. Terrence K. Porter of Pilgrim Baptist Church at the ribbon cutting Thursday, speaking before a crowd of local benevolent organizations and religious leaders in the church basement. Among them was Jon Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea, Middletown residents whose foundation provided the financial resources to make the vision a reality at Pilgrim Baptist’s facilities, a partnership also supported by Lunch Break and numerous others.According to Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell, there are about a dozen homeless individuals living in Red Bank. That’s more than its neighbors, but much less than in some other Monmouth towns. Overall, there are 325 homeless in Monmouth, as recorded by the annual Point in Time survey conducted by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development in January.When snow or rain falls in freezing weather, or when wind chill temperatures are headed to 20 degrees or below, Code Blue alerts are issued by the county Office of Emergency Management to remind officials to look out for the most vulnerable in their communities. There have been several in recent years, said McConnell.“There was nothing we could do. We could try to help people and get them someplace, but there was no “someplace” to go. It ended up being the lobby of the police station or our emergency room waiting room. It just wasn’t anything appropriate.”Recently, the state and county asked municipalities to come up with an action plan for Code Blue, without offering any funding. The innovative warming center initiative that has emerged in Red Bank is the only one in the area and may be used by other local towns with smaller or occasional needs.When a Code Blue is announced, the warming center schedule will kick in as follows: From Sunday through Tuesday, individuals are invited to check in at the Pilgrim Baptist Church at 172 Shrewsbury Ave., in the building associated with the warming center. The check in takes place between 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, the check in location will be at the JBJ Soul Kitchen facility, at 207 Monmouth St., where a free hot meal will be provided until 8 p.m.Because the overnight warming center is only open to men at this time, women will be offered transportation to a facility in Asbury Park.The men will be transported from Monmouth Street to the Shrewsbury Avenue warming center by First Baptist and United Methodist churches of Red Bank. There they can find hygiene packages, take a shower in one of the two shower areas, or change out of wet clothing. “What’s unique, we’re also providing a washer and dryer,” said Porter, crediting “Sister Bongiovi” with the idea. If they want to discard wet clothing, Lunch Break of Red Bank will provide new or gently used clothing.About 7 a.m. the next day, hot beverages and a morning snack will be offered before the warming center must close at 8 a.m., lest it fall under the description of a shelter, which it is not authorized to be.At that time, the guests will be transported to Lunch Break, where they can have a hot breakfast, as well as a hot lunch. And stay long enough to be transported back to either Soul Kitchen or the warming center again. “We tried to bridge the gaps, so there was really no gaps where someone could be exposed to the inclement weather,” said Porter.Mayor Pasquale Menna praised those who created the program, saying they were “inaugurating the heart of Red Bank.”“All of us know there is a need. I see it every day from my own regular office, looking at the bridge at wintertime, overlooking the parking lot by the Oyster Point Hotel,” he told the crowd. But while it is not realistic to think all problems can be solved everywhere, Red Bank can be proud of its citizens who have done their best to create this “welcomed first step” in the diverse community, he added.In recognition of the creative solution and leadership in creating a Code Blue warming shelter, the Monmouth County Freeholder Board will provide Pilgrim Baptist Church with a $6,500 grant annually for the next three years for providing overnight space to at-risk individuals.The event concluded with an invitation to tour the modest but cozy warming center, as fat snowflakes fell on a day that would later turn to rain, and result in an unforgettable freezing, treacherous and slushy mess in the streets of Red Bank and around the state.When it opens at the next Code Blue, the center will surely be a welcome refuge for people without means.“We are hoping the warming center is another shining example of what can happen when people work together,” said Bon Jovi. “In the beginning of this holiday season, let us remember what matters most. We all have a lot to be thankful for and the good Lord gave us this opportunity to be here, together, to make our community, and then ultimately this state, this place we call home, just a little bit better.”This article was first published in the Nov. 22-27, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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No. 5 McNeese Edges No. 4 UIW In Wednesday’s Night Cap

first_imgAnderson went on to retire seven straight until Taylor Smith got the best of Anderson in a 12-pitch at-bat with Smith, the 2019 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, drawing a walk with two outs. However, Reid Bourque avenged the free pass by holding down a tag as Smith slid through the bag at second on a stolen base attempt.BSB: Deep sac fly by Maxwell, scoring Fisbeck. @McNeeseBaseball takes its first lead of the night, 2-1 over @UIWBaseball. Top 6th in @SugarLandtxgov. ?? https://t.co/31i3ykFMXj ???? @espn apps #GeauxPokes #TheWord pic.twitter.com/SyWWKaCBef— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2019 McNeese starter Aidan Anderson earned the win after tossing all nine frames, allowing just one run on five hits. The senior from Beaumont, Texas, finished with a season-high 132 pitches and faced the minimum over his final 6.1 innings.BSB: Anderson completes his 8th inning of work for @McNeeseBaseball. 1 run, 5 hits, 4 strike outs, 1 walk. Cowboys lead 2-1 over @UIWBaseball. McNeese coming to bat, top 9th. ?? https://t.co/31i3ykFMXj ???? @espn apps #GeauxPokes #TheWord pic.twitter.com/t0V7XYIZDX— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 23, 2019 The Cardinals struck first in the home-half of the second as Eddy Gonzalez led off the inning with a single, advanced to third on a Lee Thomas double and scored on a Shea Gutierrez sac fly to right. McNeese answered with a sac fly of their own after Reid Bourque roped a fly ball to deep right, allowing Julian Gonzales to trot down the third-base line and make it 1-1. Box Score | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – Small ball was the name of the game in No. 5 McNeese’s 2-1 win over No. 4 Incarnate Word on Wednesday night at Constellation Field as all three runs were scored by virtue of a sac fly. After Anderson retired the side in order in the ensuing half inning, the first two batters of the top of the sixth reached and advanced on a sac bunt to put a pair in scoring position for Jake Dickerson, who drew a bases-loaded walk. On the next at-bat, Carson Maxwell registered the third sac fly of the ballgame to give the Cowboys the lead. McNeese will face No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the night cap on Thursday, and UIW will take on regular-season champions and No. 1 seed Sam Houston State at Noon CT tomorrow. Despite having the winning run on his book, Cardinals’ reliever Luke Taggart did his part to keep UIW in the contest, striking out seven over his five innings of work, including striking out the side in the top of the eighth.last_img read more

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Azkals near semis berth

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? BACOLOD CITY—The latest in the long line of talents hailing from the country’s football hotbed, Barotac Nuevo, delivered a goal that could prove crucial to the Philippines’ hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the AFF Suzuki Cup.On a rainy Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium, Jovin Bedic came off the bench to rifle home the equalizer as the Azkals salvaged a 1-1 draw with Thailand to stay on track for a place in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Bedic’s deflected effort in the 82nd minute cancelled out an earlier strike from Supachai Jaided as the Philippines remained level with Thailand with seven points in Group B. Another point against Indonesia in Jakarta on Sunday will be enough for the Philippines to reach the next round.The Azkals came into the match looking to end a 46-year winless spell against the Thais. And although they did not walk away with the maximum points, the battling performance was enough to impress coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissIn truth, the Azkals could have gotten more from the match had they been more clinical on goal as Phil Younghusband and Patrick Reichelt missed good chances in the first half.“First of all I think we played very well 90 minutes,” said Eriksson. “We were the better team out there. A draw is okay but we could have won the game. I think we did very well against a good team.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Eriksson believes this type of performance should put the Azkals in the semifinals.“If we play like this we should qualify for the semifinals,” said Eriksson. “I think this is a very good performance for us.”Meanwhile, team manager Dan Palami said the coaching staff would also be using the Suzuki Cup as a test for players who want to make the Asian Cup squad.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cignal hopes to bounce back vs Smart Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

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