BCPO admits having ‘tough time’ solving drug-linked murders

first_imgPolice Colonel Henry Biñas BACOLOD City – Authorities here arehaving a hard time scouring evidences to pin down suspects in fatal shootings. It was only recently, when LieutenantColonel Jovie Espenido was assigned as concurrent head of the Drug Enforcement Unit and operations chief,that suspected drug personalities were abducted or left dead someplace else. On Dec. 3, 2019, Ontao Sacar, abusinessman, was snatched in a crowded shopping mall and found dead the nextday. The BCPO director attributed thesnail-pace investigation of these drug-related murders to the refusal of witnessesto cooperate with them. Two killers riding a motorcycle shotat Tan who was driving his sedan. One such case was that of PolicePatrolman Eric Alcosaba. The police officer, who had been absent withoutofficial leave, was shot to death on Feb. 15 by four unidentified gunmenalong Circumferential Road in Barangay Villamonte. The Alcosaba slay, however, showed ashift in the method of the assassins in drug-related killings. Earlier, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson ofNegros Occidental expressed concern over the recent shooting incidents inBacolod City. According to the governor, the recent murder of Police PatrolmanEric Alcosaba not only affects the city’s image but the entire province. Another victim, a man, was also found dead on Jan. 30, 2020 on the eve of Espenido’s deadline fororganized crime groups to talk to him. Several days later, on Dec. 15, 2019,businessman Robert “Kaishek” Tan was ambushed inside a subdivision in Villamonte village. “Investigating these crimes take time.It could take weeks, months, even years. But all I can say is we are trying ourbest and the BCPO is one of the best in crime solution efficiency,” Biñas said,adding the killing of drug suspects is not only a region-wide problem but alsoa national concern. Lacson pointed out Biñas should urgeinvestigators to step-up probes, pointing out there have been no conclusionsdrawn from the incidents that have occurred over the past few months. Biñas appealed to the public not to beafraid to testify if they witnessed a crime, adding solving a crime onlybecomes difficult if people do not cooperate. Police Colonel Henry Biñas,officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), conceded they wereencountering difficulty solving crimes involving persons with supposed links toillegal drugs. Additionally, he said BCPO and theNegros Occidental Police Provincial Office should do more in solving shootingincidents and identifying suspects. The governor added that the people ofthe province expect more than “the usual replies.”/PNlast_img read more

Deery Series champion, rookie of the year receive Robert & Sons Aluminum awards

first_imgNEWNAN, Ga. – The champion and the rookie of the year in the Deery Brothers Summer Series receive product awards again this season from Robert & Sons Aluminum.The Newnan, Ga., company gives 10 sheets of aluminum to both the top driver in overall point standings and to the top finishing first-year competitor in the 30th annual IMCA Late Model tour.Roberts and Sons product certificates will be presented during the national IMCA awards banquet in November.“Robert & Sons Aluminum is looking forward to another great year sponsoring the Deery Series. We have received a great response from the participating racers and are happy to be able to give something back to the racing community,” said Company Vice President Steve Hinely. “One of our goals is to provide the race teams with more color options for the race car bodies and trailers that they have had access to past and it is a plus to have Joe Brimeyer in the area bringing all of his years of experience with the racing teams.”“Last year we introduced black, white, and charcoal metallic, which have been very popular,” he continued, “and we will be adding quite a few more finishes in the coming months.”In addition to race car application, the second-year IMCA marketing partner distributes aluminum for commercial uses that range from trailers to signage and storefronts throughout the US, Can­ada and Latin America.More information is available by calling 800 206-8836 and at the www.rsaluminum.com website.“Although Robert & Sons Aluminum is located in Georgia, they have regional representation that makes their partnership with the Deery Brothers Summer Series a great deal,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “You’ll see those reps at many events on the eastern part of the schedule in 2016.”last_img read more

Ryan scores second Davenport checker

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (June 15) – Matt Ryan captured his second Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature of the season Friday at Davenport Speedway.Tim Simpson and Andy Nezworski each had a shot at the lead before Ryan grabbed the point on lap four. Ryan led the remaining laps for the win. Nezworski held on for second with Rob Toland third. Chuck Hanna and Tim Simpson completed the first five.Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified action saw Mitch Morris take his first feature win of the season. Morris took the lead after a lap four restart. Toland drove to a second place finish followed by Ja­son Pershy, Bob Dominacki, and Greg Durbin, in that order. Twenty-five Modifieds were on hand.Cautions slowed the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod main. When the race was called, Keith Blum was headed to victory lane with his second win of the season. Brandon Setser was scored second with Tony Olson third. Nick Groth took fourth with Tyler Soppe fifth.last_img read more

Real Madrid lift Spanish Super Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Real Madrid have won the Spanish Supercopa after beating city rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties. After a goalless 120 minutes, Sergio Ramos scored the decisive spot kick to seal a 4-1 win after Saul Niguez and Thomas Partey failed to find the target from 12 yards. It was a hotly contested first half, but neither team could find a breakthrough, although both teams came close with a handful of chances. One of the bigger chances came early in the second half when Luka Modric picked out Luka Jovic, whose shot almost found the bottom corner before going agonisingly wide. Later on, Alvaro Morata got in behind, but Thibaut Courtois was able to stop the shot one on one. Extra time saw much of the same until a red card for Federico Valverde caused tensions to boil over, with the referee showing a few more yellow cards for good measure.Tags: Atletico MadridReal Madridsaul NiguezSpanish Super CupThomas Parteylast_img read more

New deal for Lowton

first_img Press Association Lowton, 24, impressed in his first season at Villa after moving from Sheffield United and has earned himself a new extended contract. Lowton is the sixth player to agree a new contract this season, following fellow defenders Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker, midfielder Ashley Westwood, striker Andreas Weimann and goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Aston Villa’s right-back Matt Lowton has signed a new four-year deal until 2017.last_img

Cook’s double puts England in command

first_img(REUTERS) – ALASTAIR Cook struck a masterful, unbeaten double-century to drive England into a position of dominance on 491 for nine at the end of day three of the fourth Ashes Test yesterday.The former England captain strode off the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 244 not out, the highest ever score by a touring batsman at the venue, having pushed his side to a first-innings lead of 164 runs.Stuart Broad provided gallant support with a swashbuckling 56, sharing a 100-run ninth-wicket partnership that crushed the spirits of a demoralised attack and trampled on Australia’s hopes of whitewashing the series.The urn may be gone with England an irretrievable 3-0 down in the five-match series, but Joe Root’s team will savour the finest day of the campaign and are well-placed to grab a consolation win.Cook smashed a straight drive past bowler Jackson Bird for his 23rd four to raise his fifth double-century in 360 balls, triggering a standing ovation from the crowd of 61 839.It was not a chanceless innings however, with Australia captain Steve Smith dropping him on 66 on Wednesday and again on 153.The pitch was a batsman’s paradise and the Australian attack shorn of injured spearhead Mitchell Starc, but England’s most prolific run-scorer may remember few more gratifying innings in his 151 Tests.“Probably one of the more emotional (ones) … from where I’d been on this tour,” Cook, who was woefully out of form prior to Melbourne, told reporters of his 409-ball knock.“It meant a lot last night and then today I was quite proud that I managed to back it up after all the emotion came out yesterday. To get a real big one for the team was really important.”Cook, who resumed on 104 not out, capped a memorable day with a sumptuous cover drive for four off all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, lifting him past Brian Lara to sixth on the all-time Test runs list.Broad was brave in support, wearing a short-pitched battering before paying Australia’s pacemen back in a counter-attacking innings of eight fours and a six.He bookended his fifty with two fours off Pat Cummins before holing out with a miscued pull that was caught in the deep by a diving Usman Khawaja, with replays suggesting the fielder may have spilled the ball onto the turf as he rolled over.England resumed on 360-6 after tea, before Chris Woakes quickly fell for 26 after gloving a catch behind from a clumsy attempt at a pull shot and debutant Tom Curran added just four runs before edging Josh Hazlewood to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.Broad came to the wicket and was hit on the shoulder by a bouncer from paceman Hazlewood but the tail-ender weathered the barrage to slog England past 400.England’s batting had been brittle throughout the series, but for once the wickets fell slowly rather than in clumps.Cook and Root had built a 138-run partnership before the England captain fell for 61 in the morning, mistiming a pull shot straight to Nathan Lyon at deep square leg.Dawid Malan squandered his wicket for 14 when he failed to review an lbw decision despite edging the ball from Hazlewood.It was the second England wicket to fall lbw with a nick in the innings, with number three James Vince failing to review his dismissal on the second day.Off-spinner Lyon struck twice after lunch to reduce England to 307-6, with Jonny Bairstow (22) and Moeen Ali (20) both falling to poor shot selections.Having dismissed Moeen for the sixth time in the series, Lyon gave the all-rounder a generous verbal spray as he trudged off after driving in the air to Shaun Marsh at short cover.Cook and Woakes then steadied England with a vital 59-run partnership that pushed them past Australia’s first-innings 327 before Broad helped extend the lead out past three figures.Australia coach Darren Lehmann conceded the hosts’ whitewash bid was all but over.“We’ll have to get 450 in a day. How do you want us to do that? Slog?” he said.“From our point of view we’ll just be hopefully batting the day and reassessing what happens after tomorrow.”last_img read more

Tallawahs set for hurt if Jamaica feels they disrespected Gayle

first_imgBy Lance WhittakerTHE Tallawahs management this week rejected Chris Gayle’s attack on them over his exit from the CPL franchise but the Jamaica-based entity is doomed to failure if the fans don’t buy their story.Gayle labelled Assistant Coach Ramnaresh Sarwan a “snake”, “vindictive” and “despicable” as he ripped into retired Guyana and West Indies batsman and the “politics” he said triggered his departure from the Tallawahs.On the ropes after Gayle’s verbal blows, the Tallawahs issued a terse press release that was too tame to be taken seriously, then stiff jabs by Andre Russell and Sarwan’s Gayle rebuttal 24 hours later hurled the issue into more confusion.The Tallawahs top brass says omitting Gayle from the Tallawahs 2020 CPL roster was made purely on business and cricketing reasoning but the “business” reasoning seems seriously flawed.Sabina Park attendance is critical to the franchise’s commercial success and we’ve already seen how unattractive a Gayle-less Tallawahs is to Jamaican fans. Not to mention the possibility of a calculated match boycott in solidarity over any perceived disrespect of a local star, as we’ve seen before in Caribbean cricket.In April 1992, Barbadians pointedly shunned the historic one-off Test at Kensington Oval against South Africa because an anticipated debut was not given to local boy Anderson Cummins, who at that time enjoyed probably a mere 5% of the immense popularity Chris Gayle commands in Jamaica.Gayle was visibly hurt in his YouTube outburst as he lashed the Tallawahs and Sarwan.It was, to me, an unprofessional display by a giant in modern-day cricket but the new age of communicating with fans probably made it easy for him to go that route. His rant though, not only badly tainted his ex-West Indies teammate Sarwan but also soiled Chris Gayle and cricket’s image.The Jamaica Tallawahs were – based on Gayle’s account – hugely at fault for not communicating with him honestly that they weren’t interested in retaining him for the 2020 season and absolutely nothing in the Tallawahs’ press release refuted Gayle’s charge that CEO Jeff Miller and Owner Krish Persaud failed to inform him that he was not in their plans for the upcoming season.Gayle, now 40 years old, felt betrayed by an organization that gave him their word and went back on it. Gayle made only a passing mention of this, but it’s also instructive that Miller chose to speak directly with Gayle instead of the standard route of going through his agent.It is very easy for me to deduce that the Tallawahs’ request – according to Gayle – to take not one or two but three pay cuts, may have been a strategy to frustrate him away from the franchise since they were not brave enough to confront the big-hitting superstar-about releasing him from the deal.I understood fully the Tallawahs being “disappointed” over the way Gayle went public and I agree with their position to “much rather have had these discussions in private” but that is under normal circumstances and clearly Gayle did not consider the circumstances normal. He felt he was dealing with a group that he could no longer trust.Did this Jamaican franchise ever consider that Gayle would have needed time to pursue other options if he knew he wasn’t with them? It was on deadline day that Gayle said he was called, not by the Tallawahs, but by a CPL official who did not see his name on the list!Because of Gayle’s monumental record as a T20 batting star and crowd puller, the St Lucia Zouks snapped him up immediately. Gayle could have been left out-of-contract for the 2020 season because of the Tallawahs’ non-communication.I am not interested at this point in addressing Gayle’s scathing and toxic references to his “former” friend Sarwan, nor the rebuttal coming from the 39-year-old Guyanese that he had no part in “the decision or the decision-making process” in not retaining Gayle. A lot was said in the narrative from both men and at this stage, it’s one man’s word against the other. Both very wounded by actions of the other. Cricket lost in that exchange.I became aware very early in my career as a broadcast journalist that while fans worship sporting heroes because of the unbridled joy they generate, these successful men and women on the field of play are human beings like us.They have imperfections, character weaknesses and limitations that adoring fans will hastily gloss over in standing behind them in times of controversy.The Jamaica Tallawahs may have been in a position regarding Gayle as some Big Bash and IPL franchises had reached, where his stocks had declined over time, so Gayle being at a crossroad in franchise T20 cricket is not new. He had not been a part of Australia’s Big Bash since 2016 and his IPL standing had been shaken ahead of the 2018 season.Gayle’s career had been highlighted by some tremendous seasons with Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore, including 2012 when he topped the IPL’s batting charts with 733 runs at an awesome 61.80 average and 2013 when he averaged 59.0. But after two moderate seasons, 2016 and 2017, when he averaged a mere 22.7 and 22.2, RCB were no longer interested and he almost went unsold ahead of the 2018 IPL campaign.The King’s XI Punjab bought him and he showed in 2019 he still had shots to fire with a 40.83 average.As a privately owned franchise, The Jamaica Tallawahs has to make its own decisions. Under Chris Gayle’s leadership last year, the team played very poorly and finished last with eight defeats in their 10 games. He averaged a moderate 24.30 and his 243-run tally was No.2 on the Tallawahs batting list behind the New Zealander Glen Phillips (374).By Gayle’s own admission, there was turmoil in the camp as referenced in his caustic YouTube address admitting that he “flipped” in a “very heated meeting” ahead of the last CPL game that “almost got physical”, clear signs there of a dysfunctional team setting.The scale of the clash with Gayle suggesting players were “making fun of the Universe Boss” and mocking him “in front of the younger players” could be interpreted as team damage that’s irreparable.So, If the Jamaica Tallawahs managers believe that going forward without Gayle is a step toward rebuilding, it is their right, but it should have been done professionally, certainly more skillfully given what Gayle represents to Jamaican cricket fans.The current world leader in T20 cricket Andre Russell has also jumped in, accusing the Tallawahs of poor communication while angrily announcing he is quitting the franchise after the upcoming season scheduled to start in August.The CPL has been sold to the Caribbean public as an event with huge economic benefits potentially to the territories, but the truth is that team owners have been struggling over the years and the Tallawahs are heading for even tougher times.This is not to suggest that the Tallawahs franchise cannot flourish without Gayle because he would have to go at some point, but Gayle’s absence has negatively affected CPL attendance at Sabina Park in the past and that effect would be escalated if the fan perception is that the T20 batting Phenom was disrespected by the Tallawahs owners and management.last_img read more

Animosity between Mayweather and McGregor Grows

first_imgFloyd Mayweather was on the attack on Thursday, branding Conor McGregor a quitter as the four-stop tour hyping their cross-combat superfight hit New York.“Eejit” and “Circus Clown” were the tamest epithets the former welterweight king, who retired from boxing with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, threw at McGregor, one of the biggest stars of mixed martial arts.“[He] didn’t quit once, didn’t quit twice, quit three times!” said Mayweather. “Real fighters never give up.” Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram McGregor, a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has been submitted three times in his mixed martial arts career.The two men are set to face each other in a boxing ring in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be the richest fight in history.Thursday’s show at the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, drew a pro-McGregor crowd of more than 13,000.It was the third such production in three days, with one more scheduled for London on Friday aimed at pumping up interest in the bout – although both men seemed to be running short of inventive invective even if the animosity between them is actually growing.McGregor eschewed his sharp-tailored suits for a bare chest and white fur overcoat – which he swept from his shoulders as he took the stage to offer a flexed-arm pose that inflamed the crowd.The Irishman then paced impatiently as Mayweather, draped in an Irish flag, made his way to the stage and they took their positions for the ritual face off from opposite sides of the podium.last_img read more

Freshmen Pinder, Russell shine in victory over Eagles

first_img Published on October 21, 2012 at 11:58 pm Contact Jasmine: jlwatk01@syr.edu Gillian Pinder and Emma Russell stole the show. The Syracuse freshmen scored all four goals in Syracuse’s 4-2 win over Boston College on Sunday.Pinder and Russell both had one goal in each half.Pinder, who started in place of Leonie Geyer, had a career day racking up a career-high six points on two goals and two assists — both to Russell. It was the first time an Orange player registered a six-point game since Kelsey Millman achieved it in the season opener Aug. 24.“Gillian was very crucial in the win, stepping up when we needed her to,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said.Pinder started strong, scoring within the first three minutes of the game. She said Bradley stresses for the Orange to attack aggressively early in games so it’s in control of the game in the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer first goal came off a pass from Lauren Brooks at the top of the circle to the left side where she bulleted the ball into the back of the goal.Russell then got into the action as she and Pinder started a two-on-one break toward the opposing goal. Pinder passed Russell the ball perfectly on the left side, and she forcefully shot it into the back of the goal.Bradley said the freshmen have been consistent all season, and they have mastered the skill of balancing their personalities on and off the field.“They bring a lot of spirit to the team,” Bradley said. “They know how to have fun, but also when it is time to get serious.”Russell was pleased with her individual performance, but said the win was a team effort.“I think the whole team played really well together and our attack was good,” Russell said.In the second half, the Eagles started quickly and scored two goals within minutes of each other.But another goal from Pinder put an end to Boston College’s attack and created some separation for Syracuse.“We had to keep playing and make sure we stayed aggressive,” Pinder said.Once time was running out and the deficit was getting larger, Boston College put its trust in the backfield and pulled the goalkeeper in an effort to be more aggressive and swarm the Orange’s goal with attacks.“I think we were a bit panicky at the start and the forwards were stretching a lot,” Russell said. “But after a few minutes, we started to calm down out there a little.”But the Eagles just couldn’t score against SU’s staunch defense.Bradley said the freshmen and the rest of the team rushed when Boston College added an extra attacker.“I was just frustrated with some of the decisions that we made,” Bradley said. “And I think when you have an open goal, the mentality is to go score, score, score and they forget that there’s an extra player up in the front end.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Vucevic no longer good but now elite

first_imgFour years ago, a skinny basketball player from Montenegro decided to take his talents to the United States.After playing three years of high-school basketball in Europe, Nikola Vucevic traveled to the States, hoping to make his way to the NBA and enjoy the same success his parents had when they starred on the hardwood.His dad, Borislav, played professionally for 24 years and was a member of the Yugoslavian national team while his mother, Ljiljana, played professional basketball in Bosnia.In other words, Vucevic had natural talent. In 2007, he was voted the best young player in Montenegro.After coming to the United States, he did not disappoint in his lone year at Stoneridge Prep, averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds and attracting the attention of several colleges.Ultimately, of course, he chose USC.The 2008-09 season that Vucevic arrived on campus, however, USC’s squad was already loaded with talent.DeMar DeRozan had the campus buzzing about his potential, while Taj Gibson, Dwight Lewis and Daniel Hackett all held solid roles on the team.And before his USC career even began, Vucevic was forced to miss the first eight games of the season while he confirmed his amateur status with the NCAA.Once cleared, his minutes were sparse playing behind Gibson, Keith Wilkinson and Leonard Washington.But that offseason, DeRozan and Gibson declared for the NBA draft, Hackett went to play basketball professionally overseas, Wilkinson graduated and Washington transferred schools.Amid all the change, Vucevic was thrust into a starting role. He responded in a big way, becoming a consistent low-post presence on the offensive and defensive end.Then, the university self-imposed sanctions on the basketball team midway through the season.Despite all the turmoil, Vucevic was a source of reliability and consistency the entire year. He started all 30 games for USC, while finishing second on the team in scoring (10.7) and first in rebounding (9.4).He was recognized for his strong play, and was named the Pac-10’s Most Improved Player last season.Vucevic’s breakout season might have been a surprise to many who didn’t know him, but it was this type of skill that Montenegro under-20 coach Dejan Radonjic knew he had. “He’s a great guy, an excellent talent,” Radonjic said in an interview with Chris Hein who covers FIBA basketball. “I think he will be a big star.”Now in his third year at USC, Vucevic has gone from a relative unknown to No. 1 option.And he a greater source of points and rebounds, leading the team in both categories.He certainly made his case to be the Pac-10 Player of the Year, ranking third in scoring (17.5 points) and leading the conference in rebounding (10.3).Vucevic has also registered 18 double-doubles on the season, and is a big reason why the Trojans’ record is what it is.Because of his recent stellar play, he was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in his USC career.The fans have taken notice, too.With the possibility of Vucevic leaving after this year, fans and students chanted “One more year, one more year” during last week’s final home game of the season against Arizona State.Although it’s only been three years since Vucevic became a Trojan, it’s been a sight to see him develop into the player he is today.The skinny basketball player from Montenegro was once overshadowed by his teammates, but is now making a name for himself.The player known as “Kid Euro” is no longer a kid anymore.He’s growing up before our very eyes.“In the Zone” runs Thursdays.  To comment on this article visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Trevor at trevor.wong@usc.edu.last_img read more