7th Circuit Affirms Government Employees Must Resign After Elected To Office

first_img7th Circuit Court Affirms Government Employees Must Resign After Elected To OfficeScott Roberts for www.theindianalawyer.comThe 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an Indiana law that prevents people employed by the government to also hold elected office in the same municipality they are employed in. The law was challenged by a host of individuals who both serve on city and town councils and work for the same town as police officers, office managers and firefighters.Led by Matthew Claussen, the plaintiffs claimed the law violated their First Amendment rights as well as their rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Passed in 2012, Indiana Code 3-5-9-5 states” an individual is considered to have resigned as a government employee when the individual assumes an elected office of the unit that employs the individual.”The plaintiffs sued the state of Indiana and the Indiana State Board of Accounts in the Northern District of Indiana, and the state field a motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). The defendants amended their complaint before the ruling and substituted Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as defendant. The District Court granted the motion to dismiss.Circuit Court Judge Joel Flaum pointed out in his decision that the Indiana law falls within the bounds of settled U.S. Supreme Court precedent and noted that time and again the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of “resign-to-run” laws. While Indiana’s law does not force a candidate to resign if they want to run for elected office in the same municipality they are employed in, it does make them resign if they are elected.Plaintiffs argued the right to hold office is derived from the right to vote and is a fundamental right, and the law burdens voters by limiting the field of candidates from which they may choose. However, the 7th Circuit said the right to assume or hold office once elected is not a fundamental right and said “there is ‘no palpable distinction’ between a prohibition on running for office and a prohibition on holding office,” citing Krisher v. Sharpe 763 F. Supp. 1313, 1319 (E.D. Pa 1991).The law must balance an individual’s First Amendment rights with public interest, Flaum said, and in this case the public interest outweighs the First Amendment rights. Flaum wrote, “Indiana has a genuine and compelling interest in avoiding corruption and self?dealing and the appearance of such things,” and allowing civil servants to serve on a legislative body where they can set their own salary “provides an opportunity for self-dealing and gives the appearance of possible corruption.” There may also be laws that come up for vote that an elected official might have a particular interest in.Plaintiffs’ 14th Amendment claims also fail because the law passes a rational basis analysis test. They claimed government contractors and civil servants derive a financial benefit from the government employing them, but only the civil servants are subject to the law. However, Indiana subjects contractors to extensive disclosure requirements and the state does not have to address all manifestations of corruption at once.The case is Matthew D. Claussen, et al. v. Michael R. Pence, Governor of the State of Indiana, et al., 16-1003.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Peru Opens the First Military Base to Combat Narcotrafficking in VRAEM

first_imgBy Dialogo February 18, 2015 Colombian National Army scores victories against ELN, FARC Colombian National Army Soldiers dismantled a cocaine-producing laboratory operated by the National Liberation Army (ELN), and in another operation, seized a weapons cache belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Army News Agency announced February 16. The FARC and the ELN are the nation’s largest guerrilla organizations. Both illegal groups engage in narcotrafficking to finance their terrorist activities. The Army did not immediately disclose whether Soldiers captured any suspects during the operations. Colombian National Army scores victories against ELN, FARC In the Department of Norte de Santander, Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force seized about 200 gallons of coca syrup, 375 kilograms of chopped coca leaves – the main ingredient used to make cocaine – and 100 gallons of gasoline from a clandestine laboratory. And in the municipality of Rioblanco in the Department of Tolima, Troops with the Ground Combat No. 66 Unit of the Army’s Fifth Division found 300 ammunition cartridges for rifles belonging to the FARC’s Libardo Rojas Company. The FARC and the ELN are the nation’s largest guerrilla organizations. Both illegal groups engage in narcotrafficking to finance their terrorist activities. The Army did not immediately disclose whether Soldiers captured any suspects during the operations. About half of the cocaine produced illegally in Peru every year – about 450 tons in total – is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed internationally. The government plans to build 12 bases this year in the VRAEM, the country’s largest cocaine-producing region encompassing four areas: Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junín. Colombian National Army Soldiers dismantled a cocaine-producing laboratory operated by the National Liberation Army (ELN), and in another operation, seized a weapons cache belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Army News Agency announced February 16. “We have enough Soldiers and officers to achieve territorial control in this area, where narcotrafficking is allied with terrorism,” Defense Minister Peter Cateriano Bellido said during the base’s opening ceremony. About half of the cocaine produced illegally in Peru every year – about 450 tons in total – is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed internationally. The government plans to build 12 bases this year in the VRAEM, the country’s largest cocaine-producing region encompassing four areas: Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, and Junín. “We have enough Soldiers and officers to achieve territorial control in this area, where narcotrafficking is allied with terrorism,” Defense Minister Peter Cateriano Bellido said during the base’s opening ceremony. The Boca Anapati base has a heliport, which is important, since drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of all cocaine produced in the VRAEM by plane. It will also house Navy vessels that will patrol nearby waters. The Peruvian Armed Forces recently inaugurated the Boca Anapati base in the Province of Satipo in the Junín region to bolster the Military’s fight against narcotraffickers in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. The Peruvian Armed Forces recently inaugurated the Boca Anapati base in the Province of Satipo in the Junín region to bolster the Military’s fight against narcotraffickers in the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM) region. In the Department of Norte de Santander, Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force seized about 200 gallons of coca syrup, 375 kilograms of chopped coca leaves – the main ingredient used to make cocaine – and 100 gallons of gasoline from a clandestine laboratory. And in the municipality of Rioblanco in the Department of Tolima, Troops with the Ground Combat No. 66 Unit of the Army’s Fifth Division found 300 ammunition cartridges for rifles belonging to the FARC’s Libardo Rojas Company. The Boca Anapati base has a heliport, which is important, since drug traffickers transport about 90 percent of all cocaine produced in the VRAEM by plane. It will also house Navy vessels that will patrol nearby waters. last_img read more

Young the Giant discusses new album, social issues

first_imgStudents gathered at Bovard Auditorium Tuesday to see members from rock band Young the Giant speak about their most recent album, Home of the Strange, as well as their opinions on current immigration issues. Sameer Gadhia, lead vocalist of rock band Young the Giant, said that the group hopes to create more conversation regarding social issues by creating music that touches on these topics. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe talk was organized by USC Speakers Committee, USC Service Student Assembly, USC International Student Assembly and USC Political Student Assembly. The event featured lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia, guitarist Jacob Tilley and bass guitarist Payam Doostzadeh of Young the Giant, and was moderated by USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni. Soni began the event by discussing current social issues, particularly racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and transphobia, which have been “grappled with very publicly over the last two years.”“From the persecution [of] undocumented immigrants and refugees to the increase in civil rights challenges for LGBTQ … it has been a very challenging time for all of us who aspire to live up to our ideals of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice,” Soni said.As the Dean of Religious Life, Soni said he has witnessed the impact these political issues have had on campus. According to Soni, government decisions have caused DACA students and staff to worry about their futures, and international students have been affected by the travel bans.“We need musicians … who are politically engaged, spiritually astute, socially active,” Soni said. “Musicians who are voices for peace, reconciliation and justice … So we are very fortunate to spend this evening with Young the Giant.” During the event, Young the Giant members discussed their 2016 song “Amerika.” Unlike previous songs, “Amerika” delves into political issues and addresses themes like displacement. Band members discussed this shift in terms of the types of music the group has produced over time.“We’ve been doing this for almost 10 years now, which is crazy,” Gadhia said. “And the first two albums, we were trying to establish ourselves. For this third record, we wanted to show a little more of who we were and pay homage to our parents because we wouldn’t have been here without them.” According to Gadhia, the group noticed the “undercurrent” of anger and division throughout the nation, which continued to grow following the 2016 presidential election. Gadhia said the group became more exposed to these social issues, and by creating music that touches on these topics, they hope to generate more conversation.“I don’t necessarily think we are a political band,” Gadhia said. “I think all art, even if it’s not conscious, can give a political or social snapshot of that time. So this record for us I guess it could be considered as a political record, but in a lot of ways we’re just talking about what we want to talk about.” Doostzadeh said that “Amerika” was inspired by Franz Kafka’s incomplete first novel, regarding the current discussion on immigration. According to Doostzadeh, the novel is about a German child who sneaks into America to pursue the American Dream. “And every time he feels like he’s feeling comfortable, there is this strange feeling where everything also feels like it’s falling beneath him,” Doostzadeh said. “[It’s this] idea of the ‘in between,’ the place that doesn’t exist between where your family came from, where you might have come from, where you are now and the different cultural expectations and ideas of the American Dream.” Tilley ended the conversation with closing remarks about how he ultimately finds the motivation to pursue his passions and his aspirations for the band.“We’re striving to be the band that we can be,” Tilley said. “We want to find passion projects and I think all of us are trying to find what the next 10 years look like in our careers and personal lives. What gives me hope is you guys. Sometimes I struggle to find it from within, but I just see you guys to find motivation.”last_img read more

500 PEOPLE ATTEND ANTI-AUSTERITY RALLY

first_imgMORE THAN 500 people attended a rally in Letterkenny today in protest at cuts in last week’s budget.“The introduction of a tax on the family home with cuts in child benefit will cause hardship to many,” said Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay spokesperson Francis McCafferty.“These are huge burdens that many simply will not be able to bear while the cut in the Household Benefit package reeks of the most scrooge-like meanness: a tiny saving from the most disadvantaged in our society.”“We won’t accept this. We did not pay the Household Charge and we will not pay Property Tax. This is the most effective weapon we have against this assault on our living standards.” TD Thomas Pringle also addressed the rally.He said people needed to stand up to the Government over the cuts.500 PEOPLE ATTEND ANTI-AUSTERITY RALLY was last modified: December 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:500 PEOPLE ATTEND ANTI-AUSTERITY RALLYlast_img read more

Game of the week

first_imgANTELOPE VALLEY (5-2) at LANCASTER (6-2), 7 p.m. Key stat: 3. Ways Antelope Valley WR/DB D’Andre Goodwin has scored touchdowns this season. He has scored on a run, a reception and an interception return. He leads the Antelopes with four interceptions. Outlook: Antelope Valley (3-0 Golden) can clinch the Golden League title with a victory. Lancaster must win to keep its title hopes alive and keep its playoff hopes strong after an upset loss to Highland last week. Recent history is on Lancaster’s side. The Eagles (2-1) have beaten A.V. the past two meetings, 26-21 in 2003 and 10-3 last season. Antelope Valley RB Andre Crenshaw will play after missing two games with a calf injury. Lancaster is led by senior RBs Tony Jackson and Josh Gaines. Key stat: 5. Number of players who scored touchdowns in Littlerock’s 50-3 rout of Knight. Luthur Dillon, who leads the Lobos with five touchdowns, scored three. Outlook: Quartz Hill (1-2) nearly upset first-place Antelope Valley last week. The Rebels were driving for what could have been the winning touchdown in the closing minutes, but A.V. DB D’Andre Goodwin ended the threat with an end-zone interception. Littlerock (1-3) has shown offensive potential the past three weeks, scoring 81 points against Palmdale, Antelope Valley and Knight. Before that, Littlerock had reached the end zone once in three games. ROSAMOND (5-2) at FRAZIER MOUNTAIN of Lebec (1-6), 7 p.m. Outlook: Rosamond (2-0 HDC) is No. 4 in Southern Section Div. XII and has outscored opponents by 98 points during a four-game winning streak. The Roadrunners are coming off a big 34-0 High Desert League victory over Mojave, which they hadn’t beaten since they last won a league championship, in 1999. Rosamond can’t look past Frazier Mountain (0-2) toward next week’s game against Bishop, which figures to decide the league title. dtpost!VASQUEZ (6-1) at SANTA CLARA of Oxnard (1-6), 7:30 p.m. Outlook: Freelance Vasquez looks to get back on track after last week’s 28-0 loss to Boron. Injuries to several players contributed to the Mustangs’ first setback, and they dropped from third to sixth in the Southern Section Div. XII rankings. Vasquez figures to put up big numbers against Santa Clara, which it thrashed 50-0 last season. MONTCLAIR PREP of Panorama City (0-6) vs. PARACLETE (1-6), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Antelope Valley College Outlook: Times have changed since these teams met in the 2000 and 2001 Div. XII championship games, with Paraclete winning its fifth and sixth consecutive section titles. The Spirits find themselves trying to end their longest losing streak in years against a team seeking its first victory.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week PALMDALE (2-5) at HIGHLAND (3-4) 7 p.m. Key stat: 5. Palmdale fumbles in last week’s 58-14 loss to Oaks Christian of Westlake Village. The Falcons lost only one of them, but they might not be so lucky against Highland’s opportunistic defense. Outlook: Highland (2-1) is coming off its biggest win of the year, a 28-27 victory over Lancaster in which it had 227 yards rushing and 277 total yards. Three players run the ball for the Bulldogs. Last week, Conrad Henry gained 92 yards, Nick Anderson had 67 and Micah Littlejohn added 61. Palmdale (2-1) is coming off a demoralizing loss to Div. XI power Oaks Christian that was televised by Fox Sports Net. QUARTZ HILL (4-3) at LITTLEROCK (3-5), 7 p.m. last_img read more

Swaziland to wipe out malaria

first_imgThe female Anopheles minimus mosquitofeeding on human blood. (Image:Centres for Disease Control & Prevention) A mosquito net treated with insecticide.The nets can withstand occasional washing.(Image: Syngenta AG) A child holds a mosquito net, given tohim during a Red Cross vaccination drivein Togo. (Image: Red Cross) The Olyset net factory in Arusha, Tanzania,opened in February 2008 and has createdthousands of new jobs.(Image: Roll Back Malaria partnership)Janine ErasmusHealth experts predict that Swaziland will soon be the second country in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to eradicate malaria, following the example set by Mauritius. The country will be certified malaria-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) if no cases occur for three consecutive years, and will be issued with a certificate of elimination by the WHO.One of the scourges of the temperate areas of Africa and other global regions, malaria kills a child under the age of five every 30 seconds, and more than a million people worldwide succumb annually to the disease – which is both preventable and curable. Most of the victims, 90% of them, are in sub-Saharan Africa, and pregnant women are especially vulnerable.Every year, says the WHO, more than 500-million people become severely ill with malaria, again the majority of them in Africa, although certain parts of Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe are also affected.In South Africa, malaria occurs in low-lying areas of Mpumalanga and the Northern Province as well as the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal. About 10% of South Africans live in malaria risk areas.Reversing the spread of malariaIn 2007 five people died of malaria in Swaziland. The country is one of six SADC member countries named in the organisation’s strategic plan against malaria in the region. In terms of the strategic plan these countries, which include Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland, have the potential to be free of malaria by 2015. This is the target set by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals against world poverty, one of which is the complete halt of malaria’s spread and its reversal, along with HIV, tuberculosis, and other major diseases.After a resurgence of malaria in Mauritius following a calm period, the country has been declared malaria-free by the World Health Organisation as the last reported case appeared in 1997. Mauritius has thus achieved one of its Millennium Development Goals.The eradication of malaria in the SADC region is important for many economic sectors, especially tourism, because visitors from non-malarial areas are particularly vulnerable to the disease, having had no exposure to it. Therefore fear of contracting malaria curtails tourism as well as the establishment by foreign companies of local offices.The SADC Malaria Strategic Plan was launched in Zimbabwe in 2001 and lays out a comprehensive and co-ordinated programme to eradicate malaria in the region. The plan aims to reduce malaria deaths by half by the end of 2010 and calls for concerted action from community right up to regional level. The development of a regional epidemic forecasting system in collaboration with national meteorological services is also in progress.SADC is assisted in this goal by such bodies as the Southern African Malaria Elimination Support Team, the WHO, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the Southern African Regional Network of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, which was established in November 2007 in Zimbabwe.Another strategy, the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative, has been lauded internationally and has been described as possibly the best anti-malaria programme in the world. The initiative is a regional collaboration between Swaziland, Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal province. It was launched in 1999 by Swaziland’s King Mswati III, former South African president Thabo Mbeki and the late president Joachim Chissano of Mozambique.The Lubombo anti-malaria programme has had many beneficial effects, among them a significant decrease in malaria outbreaks, a corresponding increase in malaria control capacity, positive spin-offs for tourism, and the creation of a regional malaria monitoring system.A global effortSwaziland is one of a number of countries to receive grants from the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and has managed to cut the number of reported cases from 45 000 in 2000 to less than 10 000 in 2007 through its malaria elimination programme.The WHO says that from 2004 to 2006 Africa had a larger increase in funding than any other region, mostly through investments from the Global Fund as well as from bilateral and multilateral organisations, and national governments.In September 2008 the Global Fund announced that it has requested approval from its board of directors for an additional R17-billion ($1.62-billion) over the next two years for its malaria programmes. If granted, says the Global Fund, by 2010 it will be able to give a bed net to every single person at risk. In addition to the 59-million bed nets the organisation has already distributed, the new funding would allow for an additional 100 million nets to be distributed.Swaziland is channelling the latest Global Fund grant through its governmental National Malaria Control Programme, and will now be able to implement rapid diagnostic tests to eliminate delays in getting blood samples to testing facilities and patients to treatment. A rapid diagnostic test provides a diagnosis in minutes and can be used in the field.The funding will also provide for more efficient monitoring of malaria patients and the provision of better health care services in hospitals and clinics and at home, as well as the distribution of more insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets in high-malaria areas. In 2007 every home received one net for children under the age of five and one net per pregnant woman. It is the goal of the programme to supply every person in a home with their own net.Finally, the grant will enable Swaziland to introduce the advanced anti-malarial artesunate combination therapy, which kills malaria parasites quickly. The treatment is more expensive than the current chloroquine regime but recent clinical trials have shown that it is up to 90% more effective, bringing about recovery after three days, especially for the chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum.Slow but sure progressMalaria has a crippling effect on emerging economies as the high child mortality rate affects the labour force, which in poor countries is often comprised of youngsters. And the depletion of Africa’s future human resource capital will have a far-reaching effect in years to come. Other socio-economic effects include loss of productivity because of illness and potential brain damage, days lost in education, and loss of investment and tourism.According to the Abuja Declaration on Roll Back Malaria in Africa, the total economic impact of malaria costs Africa $12-billion every year. The Abuja Declaration was signed by African heads of state in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2000. It presents a concerted strategy to tackle the problem of malaria across Africa by establishing targets for the number of people having access to treatment and protective measures or, in the case of pregnant women, receiving intermittent preventive treatment.The eradication of the disease is also a priority of bodies such as the World Health Organisation. Key methods of control include use of insecticide-impregnated nets; indoor spraying to kill the insects; and prompt treatment of infections.According to the WHO’s annual world malaria report, released in September 2008, the global burden of malaria is still very heavy but the organisation found that access to malaria control interventions, particularly mosquito nets in Africa, increased sharply between 2004 and 2006, the period covered in the report.The WHO reports that in the 18 African countries where relevant information was available for 2006, the percentage of children protected by insecticide-treated nets increased from 3% in 2001 to 23% in 2006. Procurement and distribution of antimalarial medication also increased tremendously up to 2006.Preventable and curableMalaria is transmitted by infected female Anopheles mosquitoes and is caused by any one of four species of the Plasmodium parasite. Once in the human body the parasites congregate and multiply in the liver and then move out into the blood, infecting and destroying red blood cells and waiting for the next mosquito to come along.Symptoms usually include fever, shivering, headache, and vomiting, and appear between 10 and 15 days after the mosquito bite. If left untreated, malaria can be fatal because groups of infected blood cells clump together and cause blockages in blood vessels, disrupting the blood supply to the brain and other vital organs. Blood cells are also ruptured when parasites break out of them, causing severe anaemia.There are a number of preventive and control methods available. These include personal measures, such as preventing mosquitoes from entering the house or hiding indoors. Protection of humans from being bitten, whether through clothing, mosquito repellents or coils, or nets, especially treated nets, is all-important.Early diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent parasites from multiplying in the blood and leading to a wider spread of the disease and more death. Compliance with treatment is crucial.Control of the mosquitoes themselves is an important part of any malaria control strategy, and involves the prevention of egg-laying and development of eggs into adults, as well as elimination of adult mosquitoes and protection against bites.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected] storiesHealthcare in South AfricaAdventurer spreads his nets wide Research into tropical diseasesAlive & Kicking up a stormUseful linksMalaria in Southern AfricaWorld Health Organisation – malariaThe Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and MalariaRoll Back Malaria partnershipSouthern African Development CommunityMapping malaria risk in AfricaSwaziland’s health statisticsSouth African Department of Health – statisticsLubombo Spatial Development InitiativeMalaria No MoreVoices for a Malaria-Free FutureSouthern Africa malaria controllast_img read more

After Effects Video Tutorial: Looping Expression

first_imgLooping animations in After Effects is incredibly easy with the loopOut expression.If you’ve ever had to create a repetitive movement in After Effects than you’ve probably gone through the painstaking process of copying and pasting keyframes so that they line up perfectly. This technique works but it certainly isn’t ideal. As with most techniques in After Effects, loops can be created much easier using a simple expression: loopOut()The loopOut() expression works by taking all of the keyframes in your currently selected layer and creating an automatic loop. Once the last keyframe is played the animation will automatically begin again. In short, your keyframes will loop forever.With the loopOut() expression you also have the option to use two modifiers: cycle and pingpong. Cycle is the loopOut() expression’s default. It simply loops the keyframes indefinitely. The pingpong modifier on the other hand will play the loop then backtrack to the beginning of the loop and on and on it goes. You can use the pingpong modifier by using loopOut(‘pingpong’) instead of loopOut().Cycle:loopOut()Ping-Pong:loopOut(“pingpong”)In the following video tutorial by RiverCityGraphix you’ll learn how to use the loopOut() expression in After Effects. It is a very easy concept to understand and once you get it down you’ll likely find yourself using it all the time.This video was created and shared by RiverCityGraphix on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Have any tips for using the loopOut() expression?Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Versatile Scottie Thompson aiming to be ‘more aggressive’ on offense

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thompson added that he aims to be a more potent offensive player, especially he was never known as a scorer in his professional career.He put up nine points on 4-of-11 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out just a couple of assists.“I tried being more aggressive on offense earlier in the game, I’m trying, but so far it hasn’t been that good,” said Thompson. “I hope that through the course of the season I’ll improve as a player so I can better help the team.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Clinical Angelique Kerber powers into Australian Open 2nd round Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson drives against TNT forward Kelly Williams during their game in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Scottie Thompson’s path to superstardom was solidified when he was named the Finals MVP in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup after an already impressive first two seasons with Barangay Ginebra.The Gin Kings’ young point guard then, further upped his trajectory when he was awarded as the league’s Most Improved Player for the 2017-18 PBA season in the Leo Awards Sunday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Thompson, 25, averaged an all-around game with 9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals the prior season and those numbers were a bump from his averages of 8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals from 2016-17.With a couple of individual trophies under his belt, Thompson is on a sure path to becoming one of the best players of his generation, but the soft-spoken floor general isn’t taking things in a rush.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“First of all there’s added pressure to play well but I’m also more motivated because my focus right now is this conference,” said Thompson in Filipino after Ginebra’s 90-79 win over TNT in the season-opener.“Whatever happens I’ll just take it a step at a time and I’ll improve on the areas that I have to work on. I’m not in a rush right now.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more

Wetsuweten strike tentative deal with RCMP allowing access to prevent raid

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. — Hereditary leaders of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have reached a tentative deal with RCMP, quelling some fears of escalation following a raid on a nearby checkpoint earlier this week.The chiefs say members will abide by a court injunction granting the Coastal GasLink pipeline company access to a bridge that had been blocked, if RCMP agree not to raid the nearby Unist’ot’en healing camp.They plan to meet with RCMP again Thursday to discuss details such as retaining a gate that residents and supporters of the camp say is vital to their safety.Chief Na’Moks told residents, supporters and media gathered at the camp Wednesday that the decision has nothing to do with the pipeline company and everything to do with ensuring the safety of residents at the camp.On Monday, 14 people were arrested after the Mounties took apart a different gate that blocked access to an area where Coastal GasLink wants to build a natural gas pipeline.TransCanada Corp., which announced plans to change its name to TC Energy on Wednesday, says it has signed agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the path, including the Wet’suwet’en.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Jags Rookie Blackmon Arrested For DUI — Again

Justin BlackmonJacksonville Jaguars first-round draft pick receiver Justin Blackmon is expected to appear in front of a judge today after he was arrested and charged with an aggravated DUI this weekend in Oklahoma, his second such charge in two years.A Stillwater police officer tried to pull Blackmon over for driving 60 mph in a 35 mph zone as well as driving left of center, according to CBS. Blackmon drove around for blocks before stopping in a gas station parking lot, where he admitted to officers that he had been drinking.Blackmon then agreed to take a Breathalyzer test and blew a .24, which is three times the legal limit of .08, and under Oklahoma law grounds to be charged with an aggravated DUI. He was released from jail on $1,000 bond.This is the second time Blackmon has been arrested for driving under the influence in the past two years. Blackmon was previously charged with a misdemeanor DUI after being caught speeding on a suburban Dallas highway.The Jacksonville Jaguars said the team is aware of the report. read more