YOUNG & DANGEROUS | Army: Half of NPA-Panay rebels underage

first_imgThere are an estimated 100 fighters inNPA-Panay’s southern and central fronts, said Batara. Montaño stressed that children, as“zones of peace”, should be protected and should not be, at any cost, exposedto the culture of violence. Batara also urged parents to bevigilant and protective of their children. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR)in Western Visayas said the recruitment of individuals below 18 years old forarmed struggle violates international and domestic laws. In July, a rebel who surrendered, KaAguila from Calinog, Iloilo, told the Army he was 15 years old when he wasrecruited to the NPA. His role was agaw armas (seizing firearms) from policemen. “That is why the recruitment of youthto be used as spies, couriers and guides of both the Armed Forces of the Philippineand the CPP-NPA is prohibited by law,” said Montaño. He urged students not to be fooled. “Broken promises led some of them tosurrender,” he revealed. According to Batara, the NPA recruitsyoungsters mostly in schools and far-flung barangays.center_img ILOILO City – Half or perhaps evenmajority of New People’s Army (NPA) cadres in Panay Island are below the legalage of 18, according to the Philippine Army. These underage fighters were luredinto joining the NPA by false promises, said Lieutenant Colonel Joel BenedictBatara, commander of the 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB). In July, the 3rd Infantry Division ofthe Philippine Army discovered that NPA-Panay’s Eastern Front recruitedchildren aged 10 to 14. He decided to surrender due toconstant hunger and the failed promise of their leaders of a monthly salary ofP5,000. The International Humanitarian Law(IHL) states that youngsters 15 years old and up can join the armed movementbut Republic Act (RA) 7610 provides “stronger deterrence and special protectionagainst child abuse, exploitation, and discrimination” and disallows personsbelow 18 to join the armed movement. RA 7610 stipulates that “childrenshall not be an object of attack and shall be entitled to special respect. Theyshall be protected from any form of threat, assault, torture or other cruel,inhuman or degrading treatment.” Although the CHR Region 6 has notreceived any formal report on the recruitment of minors in the armed conflict,Christopher Montaño, information officer of CHR-6, said: “In the GenevaConvention and our domestic laws, recruiting minors in the armed conflict is aviolation because children should never be involved in armed conflictsituations.” “Mostly they recruit minors aged 10 to14. This is alarming because these minors are supposed to be attending school.The rebels are ruining their future,” said Lieutenant Hazel Durotan,Civil-Military Operations (CMO) officer of the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion. (With a report from the Philippine NewsAgency/PN)last_img read more

O’Brien trio take Debutante test

first_imgAidan O’Brien saddles three in an attempt to win the Breast Cancer Research Debutante Stakes at the Curragh for the 10th time. His first success in the Group Two came way back in 1994 when Christy Roche partnered Glounthaune Garden to victory, with the likes of Rumplestiltskin, Lillie Langtry and Tapestry subsequently joining the roll of honour. One of O’Brien’s runners, Minding, is a daughter of Lillie Langtry and she has made quite an impact in two starts to date. She was beaten on her debut by Dermot Weld’s Tanaza, who is favourite across the boards for the 1000 Guineas after impressing in the Silver Flash Stakes, before winning a Leopardstown maiden by five and a half lengths “Minding had a little break after that and is just ready to run,” said O’Brien. “She’s a nice filly and probably will come forward for the run.” Ballydoyle made a pleasing debut when not as ked many serious questions in May before claiming second place in the Chesham at Royal Ascot. Another daughter of Galileo, she made no mistake last time out in a Newmarket maiden but this will be a tougher test. “We were delighted with Ballydoyle at Newmarket and she seems to come out of that well,” said O’Brien. The third runner for the stable is Alice Springs, a debut winner but no match for Tanaza in the Silver Flash last time. Jim Bolger saddles two, the Kevin Manning-ridden Turret Rocks, third in the Silver Flash after making a winning debut, and debut winner Leafy Shade with Ronan Whelan aboard. David Wachman’s Most Beautiful has progressed with each run, winning a Group Three at the Curragh last time out. Joe Murphy’s Only Mine, second to Most Beautiful at the Curragh before winning a maiden, and Eddie Lynam’s Miss Elizabeth complete the field. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ranked teams meet as No. 24 Michigan State hosts No. 18 Iowa

first_img Associated Press Ranked teams meet as No. 24 Michigan State hosts No. 18 Iowa February 24, 2020 SUPER SENIORS: Iowa’s Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Ryan Kriener have combined to account for 59 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 64 percent of all Hawkeyes points over the last five games.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Garza has had his hand in 50 percent of all Iowa field goals over the last three games. The junior big man has 34 field goals and five assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Michigan State is 0-6 this year when it scores 66 points or fewer and 18-3 when it scores at least 67.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Spartans are 9-0 when at least four of their players score 10 or more points and 9-9 when any fewer than that achieve double-figures. The Hawkeyes are 17-0 when they hold opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.1 percent or worse, and 2-8 when opponents exceed that percentage.STINGY STATE: Michigan State has held opposing teams to 37.5 percent shooting from the field this year, the lowest percentage among all Division I teams.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 18 Iowa (19-8, 10-6) vs. No. 24 Michigan State (18-9, 10-6)Jack Breslin Student Events Center, East Lansing, Michigan; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two ranked teams battle as No. 18 Iowa visits No. 24 Michigan State in a late season showdown. Iowa has six wins and three losses against ranked opponents this season, while Michigan State has won three of its six games against ranked teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Boys hoops Warriors fall to Henninger, beat ESM in overtime

first_img Tags: boys basketballC-NSliverpool Having lost 59-52 to Henninger in January, the Warriors found itself down 22-7 after one period and saw that deficit grow even further the rest of the half.Only when it was down 42-21 at halftime did things start to turn around, Liverpool chipping away at that deficit the rest of the night led by Romeo Clarke, who had 23 points, and Jacob Works, who had 22 points.Even with that, plus 14 points from Kyle Caves, Henninger held on, led by Zakair Williams’ 20 points as Tong Mading (17 points), Ty’slim Griswold (12 points) and Rasheed Bailey (10 points) also hit double figures. Due to its strong record in the SCAC Metro division, the Liverpool boys basketball team was assured a Section III Class AA playoff berth regardless of how the rest of the regular season went.Still, the Warriors, having endured both sides of intensely dramatic games throughout the winter, wanted some post-season momentum and had three chances on the road to get it.At Henninger last Tuesday, Liverpool suffered through a brutal start and, though it nearly caught up late, it still lost a 72-69 decision to the Black Knights.center_img Then, in a non-league game Friday night, Liverpool visited Class A contender East Syracuse Minoa, and it proved an exciting contest, the Warriors needing to go to overtime to get past the Spartans 68-65.Works had 10 points in the first quarter, and Liverpool led 29-24 at halftime, only to have ESM roar back and, with Devin Mascato-Buffaloe’s 3-pointer, inch in front 42-41 just before the third quarter ended.They went back and forth the rest of regulation. Even with Clarke and Caves both hitting clutch baskets in the last minute, ESM, down 58-56, tied it again with a basket in the waning seconds.Keeping its poise, the Warriors outscored the Spartans 10-7 in the four-minute OT. Free throws by Clarke, who finished with 22 points, and Works, who had 20 points, helped seal it, Jacob Young adding 10 points.As for Cicero-North Syracuse, its rough season would conclude last week, including a game last Monday against Corcoran where the Cougars got to the century mark defeating the Northstars 103-89.The pace was torrid from the outset, and C-NS only trailed by three, 26-23, before Corcoran proceeded to outscore them 56-28 over the course of the second and third periods.Somehow, the Northstars lost despite having seven players score in double figures, led by Luke Paragon, who had 16 points as Kevin Felasco had 14 points.Brayden McLean and Joe Penizotto each got 13 points, followed by 12 points from Grant Sennett, 11 points from Tavores Flournory and 10 points from Brian Bonin.Corcoran topped that by having De’Jour Reaves more than double any C-NS player by pouring in 38 points, while D.J. Haynes dazzled, too, getting 28 points.Just 24 hours later, C-NS attemped to end West Genesee’s 10-game win streak, and had reason to think it could happen, given that it only lost to the Wildcats 64-61 in January.But the rematch was all in WG’s favor, an 87-53 decision where all 13 Wildcats players that saw action got on the scoreboard, led by Adam Dudzinski, who had 18 points.Paragon had 14 points and five rebounds, while Felasco earned 12 points. Bonin had nine points and six rebounds, followed closely by Flournory, who had seven points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Focus switches to Arizona State at Wednesday’s practice

first_imgRedshirt sophomore defensive lineman Christian Rector departed practice on Wednesday with a hand injury. Photo by Matt Karatsu | Daily TrojanThe football team took to the practice field on Wednesday for the second time since a disappointing 49-14 loss to Notre Dame last week. The Trojans can still win the Pac-12 South, but will have to perform better going forward, starting with this week’s road matchup with Arizona State.Preparing for the Sun DevilsHelton said that Wednesday’s practice focused on the team’s third-down game plan, specifically keying in on Arizona State wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who leads the team with 51 receptions for 627 yards and three touchdowns this season.The focus extended to the other side of the ball, too. “Coach Bennett on third down is doing a really nice job everywhere, from cover-zero pressures to drop-eight,” Helton said of ASU’s defensive coordinator Phil Bennett. “He’s mixed it up really well, especially over the last two weeks, and they’ve created a lot of havoc.” The Sun Devils have come into their own over the last two weeks. After allowing an average of 36.4 points through their first five games, they have given up just 17 points total against No. 12 Washington and Utah. Arizona State held the Utes to 110 rushing yards and forced Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley to throw four interceptions last week. The Sun Devils look to repeat the feat against a Trojan offense that has struggled with turnovers all season.On offense, Arizona State is led by the running back tandem of Kalen Ballage and Demario Richard, who have combined for 687 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns this season, including 168 yards and a score last week.“Both backs run hard, [and] they’re both big,” junior linebacker Cam Smith said. “Their running game works well for them.”InjuriesRedshirt sophomore defensive lineman Christian Rector left Wednesday’s practice with a hand injury. Head coach Clay Helton wouldn’t say if it was serious, but did admit he was concerned.“Whenever you have to leave the field it’s not good,” Helton said. If Rector is unavailable on Saturday, sophomore linebackers Jordan Iosefa, Connor Murphy and Oluwole Betiku Jr. could take turns in his spot.Helton also said he hopes to have redshirt senior wide receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. back tomorrow.“He felt a lot better today,” Helton said of Mitchell, who has been dealing with a shoulder injury. “We’ll see where it’s at tomorrow. I am planning on him making the trip.” Helton also said the team was preparing sophomore Michael Pittman Jr. to fill in for Mitchell if needed.Freshman long snapper Damon Johnson is out of concussion protocol and has returned to practice. Helton said Johnson was fully cleared for this week’s game. In addition, junior offensive tackle Chuma Edoga did not practice Wednesday as he dealt with an illness.Finally, freshman tight end Josh Falo was held out with a foot injury. He will be evaluated over the coming days. After logging limited practice time yesterday, junior outside linebacker Porter Gustin was not wearing pads on Wednesday.“Being able to put full weight on [his injured toe] and run is the first step,” Helton said. “Hopefully we’ll get some change of direction over the coming days and see where he’s at by the end of the week.”last_img read more

Sterling Named EPL Player of the Month of November

first_imgRaheem Sterling (left) and Leroy Sane celebrating a victory in the EPL this season Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been named November’s Premier League player of the month.The 24-year-old scored three goals and set up three more in City’s three league matches.It is the second time the Blues forward has won the award, the previous occasion coming in August 2016, just over a year after he joined the club. Sterling was allegedly the victim of racist abuse in his side’s defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police are investigating the allegations after social media users posted a video of an incident during the first half of the match, when the England international was shouted at as he collected the ball from behind the goal.Sterling responded the following day, saying he “had to laugh” when he heard the alleged racist remarks during the game because he expects “no better”.On Monday, Chelsea announced they had suspended four fans while the investigation takes place.A club statement said evidence of racist behaviour will result in “severe sanctions, including bans”.Two of Sterling’s City team-mates, Leroy Sane and David Silva, were also in contention for the Premier League award.West Ham’s Felipe Anderson, Lucas Digne of Everton, Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson and Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko were also in the running.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Sports Minister: Cape Coast Stadium to be ready on January 31

first_imgMinister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Ahmed Mustapha has revealed that the newly constructed Cape Coast Stadium will be ready on January 31 2016The construction which started in October 2012, was being handled by Chinese firm IPPR International Engineering Corporation after the Ghanaian and Chinese governments signed an MOU for a US$30-million grant.The Central Regional Director of the National Sports Stadium, Kweku Abedu Wilson, had already revealed to Asempa Sports that the 15,000-capacity stadium will have a natural grass football turf, two outdoor basketball courts, tennis and table tennis arena, outdoor volleyball and handball court, a boxing training gym, three parking lots, eight runway tracks, a press conference hall and a media room”.He again revealed that the new edifice  will have a medical room, an audience emergency room, two referee rooms, three management rooms, three facility storages, two security rooms, two VIP lobby halls, four athletic lounges, 22 guest rooms with LED electronic display, audio amplification system and a number of track and field sports devices.In an exclusive interview with Asempa Sports, Dr. Mustapha disclosed that the contractor will hand over the facilities to the ministry and National Sports Authority on the last day of next month. “From January 31, the contractor will finally hand over the facilities to us to pave way for the handing over and taking over ceremony,” he told Asempa Sports “And after that, a particular date will be set by Government for the opening ceremony to officially announce that the facilities are ready for use.”“What amused me is that not only football facility is there but some sporting disciplines will have their facilities to train with.”Now, those involved in sporting activities in Central Region can boast of the Robert Mensah Stadium and the newly constructed one.The two most rivalled clubs in Cape Coast, Ebusua Dwarfs and Venom Vipers are expected to move from Robert Mensah to adopt the newly constructed one as their home grounds when next season kicks-off. In the midst of all this, one question lingers: “Will the stadium be named after late former Ghana president John Evans Atta Mills as it was rumored some months ago?”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Corey Seager day-to-day with hamstring strain

first_img“We talked about the short view, but the long view,” Roberts said. “With Corey, to put him in harms way, to potentially have him miss more than he needs to would be irresponsible. We’re definitely mindful of that.”Seager exited during the bottom of the second inning Friday night, leaving with a trainer for the clubhouse almost immediately after he scored from second base on a single by Justin Turner.He told reporters afterward that his hamstring “tightened up” earlier in the inning when he stepped out of the batter’s box after lining a double to right field. The pain persisted when he rounded third base.Seager was not expected to undergo baseball activities Saturday, scheduled for undergo treatment. Roberts said he retained the option to use Seager strictly as a pinch hitter Saturday if needed.Utilityman Kike’ Hernandez filled in at short. In his young career, Seager has been durable, appearing in 73 of the Dodgers’ first 75 games this season and 157 of their 162 games as a rookie a year ago. He has yet to appear on the DL since debuting in the majors in late 2015.Asked of the possibility of losing Seager for longer than expected should his strained hamstring heal slowly, Roberts said, “It would be a huge void. You’re playing a premium defensive position, and you lose your shortstop, and arguably your best hitter, it’s a big blow.”Seager began Saturday hitting .298 with 12 home run and 39 RBI.Maeda to make spot startKenta Maeda has not retaken a spot in the Dodgers’ five-man starting rotation, but he will start Tuesday against the Angels, affording the other starters an extra day’s rest.“It’s a good thing for all of them,” Roberts said.The Dodgers are in a stretch of 20 games, from June 13-July 2, without a day off.Maeda, who has been the odd-man-out in the rotation, last started June 18 in Cincinnati, where he allowed one run, three hits and one walk, striking out five batters, in five innings against the Reds.In 13 appearances this season, including 11 starts, Maeda has a 4.62 ERA.Roberts said it also presented Maeda with something of an audition.“We talk about keeping guys current, relevant,” Roberts said, adding, “I expect Kenta to do what he’s been doing, attack guys with his mix and get guys out.”After a tough start to the season, where he allowed 19 runs in 29 innings in April, the right-hander from Japan has proven more capable in recent weeks. So far this month, he has surrendered four runs in 14 innings. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> For now, Corey Seager will avoid a trip to the disabled list.An MRI of Seager’s right hamstring on Saturday revealed he had suffered only a grade I strain, a positive development for the Dodgers’ star shortstop who was pulled from a 6-1 victory over Colorado the previous day after experiencing tightness.Manager Dave Roberts estimated Saturday that Seager might miss 3-4 days, a timetable that would allow him to return to the lineup at some point next week.Roberts noted the club would remain cautious before ushering his return, aware of the risk of Seager re-aggravating his hamstring.last_img read more

Axne legislation addresses ‘surprise’ medical bill charges

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Congressman Cindy Axne is sponsoring legislation to address some of the unwelcome surprises on medical bills.“The Update Act will require insurance companies to regularly update their directories to prevent patients from unknowingly receiving out-of-network care,” Axne says.The bill makes it clear insurance companies are responsible for updating the lists that show which doctors, clinics and other health care providers are “in network” — and therefore covered by an insurance policy.“I’m hearing story after story about folks who believe that a provider is ‘in-network’ because it is displayed on the insurance company’s website as well as folks who have called in and asked specifically if a provider is in-network,” Axne says. “Later, they get a bill because that provider isn’t ‘in-network’ and they’re held responsible for it.”The two political parties have been quarreling about health care policy for years and Axne expects large reform packages to emerge in the coming months. But Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, says this specific proposal is one that has bipartisan support and could be enacted quickly.“If we can take pieces out that we know have agreement and we can move that forward and actually make a difference, then we should take every opportunity to do that,” Axne says.A recent Stanford University study found four out of 10 patients wound up being surprised with an out-of-network charge on a medical bill. Axne says another study found 10 percent of providers listed in insurance company directories were either no longer in the company’s network — or had never been included at all.Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is co-sponsoring a bill in the U.S. senate to crack down on surprising billing and Grassley, a Republican, is predicting “something’s going to pass” to address the issue.last_img read more

Westport Winery Receives Five Medals at Northwest Wine Summit

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryThe Westport Winery is located just one hour west towards the sea and is the westernmost winery in the state.Westport Winery just received five medals at the Northwest Wine Summit held in Hood River, Oregon in 2013.Dawn Patrol, the winery’s raspberry Riesling, brought home a gold medal. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits Jimmy Doolittle VFW Post 3057 in Westport, Washington.Going Coastal, Little Wild, and Mermaid all earned silver medals. Going Coastal is a sparkling Gewurztraminer that benefits the YMCA of Grays Harbor. Little Wild is a blackberry Riesling benefiting the Grays Harbor and Pacific County Master Gardeners. Mermaid is the winery’s varietal Merlot benefiting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Grays Harbor.True Blue, the winery’s fortified blueberry dessert wine was awarded a bronze medal. This wine benefits North Beach PAWS of Ocean Shores, Washington.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.last_img read more