SRA urged to stand ‘firm’ against sugar import liberalization

first_imgSancho added: “let us not allow thisanother form of injustice to take place if our economic managers will succeedin implementing this scheme with audacity in utter disregard of our economicfuture.”/PN “The unfolding of this disastrouseconomic event is being pushed by the food processors and industrial usershammering on the issue that domestic sugar prices are double than the worldprices,” he said. “Most of them are acting on the interests of the sugartraders who are profiting much from this lucrative business at the expense ofthe agrarian reform beneficiaries and small farmers.” “Department of Agriculture secretaryWilliam Dar and the members of the House of Representatives in Negros Occidentalshould heed our clarion call to action from protest rallies to a dialogue tohelp us avert the looming economic holocaust,” he said. He further said that it will be amatter of time before the sugar industry’s imminent collapse gleaned from thepronouncements and dogged determination of the country’s economic managers toimplement the sugar import liberalization policy. According to Sancho, DoF’s move hadsent shivers on the spines of sugar farmers and workers.center_img “The crucial role of the SRA in doinga balancing act would now come into play,” he stressed. Sancho made the call after theDepartment of Finance (DoF) formally proposed import liberalization for thesugar industry modeled on the opening up of the rice market. BACOLOD City – The Sugar RegulatoryAdministration (SRA) should be firmand consistent in the enforcement of its authority to protect the interest andwelfare of sugar farmers and workers, Sugar Watch Philippines secretary generalWennie Sancho said. last_img read more

Lawrenceburg students recognized in JAG program

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program, which helps high school students with barriers to success earn their diploma and learn valuable employability skills, recently hosted the 10th annual State Career Development Conference with more than 160 students competing in the state finals. Students from all over the state competed in 10 different categories that challenged their critical thinking skills, entrepreneurial savvy, public speaking and writing comprehension. More than 1,000 JAG Indiana students initially competed in the regional events before the field was narrowed to 160 with the capstone achievement being the Outstanding Senior recognition.The criteria for Outstanding Senior included academic performance, participation in JAG Career Association activities, success in and out of the JAG classroom and a demonstration of perseverance through personal and academic challenges. Sidney Shoaf of Pendleton Heights High School was named the 2018 JAG Indiana Outstanding Senior, followed by runner up, Iesha Young of Snider High School in Fort Wayne and Te’Airra Spencer of Calumet New Tech High School, who placed third. Honorable mention awards included Bailey LaFollette of Tippecanoe Valley High School, Kayla Edmondson of Logansport High School, Nicholas Crump of Jay County High School, Parker Timberman of Northview High School, Angie Evans of Bedford North Lawrence High School, Mariah Grider of Jennings County High School, Nathaniel Stokes of Jeffersonville High School, Ma’Nya Adams of Benjamin Bosse High School in Evansville, and Jailah Carter of North Central High School in Indianapolis.“It’s always gratifying to see Indiana’s youth accomplishing such outstanding tasks and demonstrating their skills and abilities,” said Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, who spoke at the event and currently is serving as the Chair of the JAG National Board. “The JAG Indiana program continues to inspire our state’s students, and today’s event was a great example of the bright future these students have.”Three awards also were presented to the school Career Association, which is a student-led service learning component of the JAG program, in the categories of marketing brochure which promotes the career association and recruits new members, service learning blog that showcased bullying prevention initiatives by the JAG Career Association, and a two-minute commercial to promote JAG Indiana to their peers.For a full list of winners from the competition, please click here.“The students competing at the JAG career development conference demonstrated the variety of skills and range of ability that will prepare them for success as they continue their education and pursue career opportunities,” said Fred Payne, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “I was pleased to see the efforts that all students put into this competition, and their performance was a clear indication of why JAG Indiana has become the nation’s largest and most successful program in the JAG national network.”Beginning with just 12 schools in 2006, JAG Indiana has grown to the largest affiliate in the national network with more than 137 programs statewide. Since its inception, more than 18,000 Hoosiers have participated in JAG with 95 percent of these students graduating from high school. JAG students receive career preparation and life skills training while in school and one year of adult mentoring after graduation to ensure their continued success. Many students choose to continue their education after high school. In fact, JAG students secured more than $26 million in scholarships for the class of 2017.last_img read more

Ida Mae Sawyer

first_imgIda Mae Sawyer, 94, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday April 2, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.She was born May 29, 1924 in Lawrenceburg, IN, daughter of the late Louis B. Schipper Sr.and Philomenia (Englert) Schipper.She worked as a LPN for St. Frances Hospital, retiring after over 32 years of service.She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Ladies Auxiliary VFW of Aurora.Ida is survived by her brother, Louis B. (Dot) Schipper Jr. of Aurora, IN; sister, Loretta Schipper of Englewood, FL; cousin, Judy Stubenrauch of Cincinnati, OH.and several other cousins.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, George E. Sawyer, and brother George Schipper.Friends will be received Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:00 am – 10:45 am at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, IN. 47001.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, at 11:00 am with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to PAWS or Aurora Life Squad. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Thomas C. Werner

first_imgBorn to Paul and Loretta Werner (née Schumacher) in Batesville, Indiana on September 28, 1948, Thomas Carl Werner was the seventh of nine children. He attended St. Louis School and Batesville High School and spent time “souping-up” his ‘55 Chevy with his friends and working at the gas station.  Following in the footsteps of his brothers, he joined the military and served on search and rescue missions with the Coast Guard in Hawaii.  Tom attended the University of Hawaii and graduated with a degree in business.  He worked his way through college as a taxi driver, which was evident in his driving style throughout his life.Tom began his career in accounting and finance at Coopers & Lybrand in Indianapolis, where he met his wife of 40 years, Janice Brames.  He served as president for Crime Control, Inc. in the 1980’s, and was proud of his work rebuilding value for its stakeholders by orchestrating the financial turnaround and successful sale of the company.  Until his recent retirement, he was a District Director for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  In this role he enjoyed traveling around the country visiting breweries and wineries.His greatest joy came from being at “The Farm” outside of Batesville, and sharing the beauty of nature with his wife, daughter Katie, and her husband Zach Grajewski.  Here, Tom spent his time gardening, reforesting the property, and creating a haven for wildlife.  He planted over 10,000 trees, and harvested countless gallons of blueberries, bushels of apples, buckets of corn and more, much of which was shared with neighbors and friends. He spent many Sunday afternoons fishing with his daughter and going on excursions around the lake with his wife.  Rarely was he seen without his best buddy, Jake the beagle, at his side.Tom enjoyed supporting fellow veterans as an active member of the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271 and served on the Honor Guard for many military funerals.  He and his seven brothers were proud veterans; in 2005, this band of brothers was honored at Batesville’s Memorial Day Ceremony, reminiscent of when they marched together in the 1967 Memorial Day Parade.After a quick and challenging illness, Tom passed away on January 10, 2020 at the age of 71.  He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son-in-law; sister, Mary Rennekamp of St. Leon, Indiana; and brothers, Paul (Joyce) Werner of Maineville, Ohio; Gerry (Michele) Werner of Batesville, Indiana; Keith (Patty) Werner of New Market, Maryland; and Doug (Carolyn) Werner of Miamisburg, Ohio.  He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ron, Bob, and Bill Werner.A visitation will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020, from 4-7 P.M., preceded by a rosary and prayers at 3:30, at the Weigel Funeral Home.  A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Louis Catholic Church on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 10:30 A.M., followed by burial in the church cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made towards mass offerings or to Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271; or, fittingly, plant a tree in memory of Tom.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola handed Barcelona return with Manchester City in Champions League

first_imgMANCHESTER City were drawn alongside Barcelona in the Champions League group stage, handing manager Pep Guardiola another return to Camp Nou.The European giants are joined by Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic in Group C.Guardiola will not have fond memories of his first homecoming, when his Bayern Munich side were comprehensively picked apart in the semi-finals in 2014-15.Leicester City’s reward for winning the Premier League is a favourable draw alongside Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen in Group G.Arsenal must emerge from a group containing Paris Saint-Germain, FC Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad, while north London rivals Tottenham were pitted against CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco.Defending champions Real Madrid face an intriguing double-header with Borussia Dortmund, plus ties against Sporting CP and Legia Warsaw.GROUP STAGE DRAWGroup AParis Saint-GermainArsenalFC BaselLudogorets RazgradGroup BBenficaNapoliDynamo KyivBesiktasGroup CBarcelonaManchester CityBorussia MonchengladbachCelticGroup DBayern MunichAtletico MadridPSV EindhovenFC RostovGroup ECSKA MoscowBayer LeverkusenTottenhamMonacoGroup FReal MadridBorussia DortmundSporting CPLegia WarsawGroup GLeicester CityPortoClub BruggeFC CopenhagenGroup HJuventusSevillaLyonDinamo Zagreblast_img read more

Quadri, Adekuoroye Dominate 2017 Nigerian Sports Award

first_imgNigerian Table Tennis star, Aruna Quadri and female wrestling sensation, Odunayo Adekuoroye, both emerged the sports man and woman of the year in the Nigerian Sports Awards 2017.​The duo emerged the star of the night at a grand ceremony of the 6th edition of the NSA which held at the Banquet Hall of Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos and was well attended by sport personalities including ex-internationals, administrators, media personnel and other dignitaries in Nigeria.Super Eagles winger and Chelsea FC stalwart, Victor Moses, emerged Footballer of the Year in the male category beating off competition from Stephen Odey and Anthony Okpotu, while star player of the Super Falcons and Dalian Quanjian FC of China, Asisat Oshoala picked up the award for the best female footballer of the year. She beats off competition from Ebi Onome and Rashedat Ajibade. The award is coming shortly after Oshoala similarly won the Golden Boot award in the Chinese women league. D’Tigress Star, Evelyn Akhator was crowned the Ball Sport Person of the year, after her performances at the FIBA Championship 2017 which steered her team to glory while D’Tigress were also rewarded by winning the team of the year.The organisers admitted it was a tough call to make between Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos State) and Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom, for the Best Sport Governor of the Year award as both of them have contributed immensely to the growth of sports in their respective states. They were both crowned as joint winner of that sports governor of the year category.Vice President, Africa Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Waheed Enitan Oshodi and a President of the Nigerian Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, were both rewarded for their stewardship with the Sports Administrator of the Year award.Sixteen-year-old golfer, Georgia Oboh, picked up the Discovery of the Year award while Hannah Babalola was crowned the Special Sports Person of the year.Adekuoroye emerged wrestler of the year which makes her the only athlete to pick up two awards in the event, while her long-time coach Akoh Purity picked up the Coach of the year.In the Journalism category, Toni Berekedemo of Brilla FM emerged sports journalist of the year for radio; Promise Efoghe of Television Continental (TVC) for TV sports journalist of the year, the Photo Journalist of the year award went to Olusegun Aderinto, while Olalekan Okusan of The Nation newspaper won the award for the best sport journalist print for the second year running having won it last year.Also Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, President, Amaju Pinnick and Veteran Sports Broadcaster Fabio Olanipekun were presented award for special recognition and lifetime achievement.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

ESM wrestlers roll to season-opening win over F-M

first_imgIt continued at 126 pounds with Cody Ostrander’s second-period pin over Kyle Sykes, while Ayden Johnston needed just 95 seconds to pin 132-pound opponent Allen Hamilton and Alex Leo (138 pounds) finished off Aidan Nugent in 61 seconds.Only at 160 pounds did F-M get on the board, Alex Dauksza shutting out Nick Modlewski 8-0, but that followed the Spartans’ Michael O’Brien (152 pounds) getting a 16-6 win over Abdullah Abouelamayem.A close 170-pound bout had ESM’s Ali Abdulla holding off Sawyer Dereszynski 8-6. And it ended with quick pins from Braedon Bersani (220 pounds) over Greyson Fesko in 68 seconds and Conor Todd (285 pounds) over Nick Testani in 23 seconds. Two days before Thanksgiving, the Section III wrestling season got underway with a neighborhood battle that proved lopsided.East Syracuse Minoa earned five consecutive pins early in last Tuesday’s meet against visiting Fayetteville-Manlius, and the Spartans only dropped one of the nine contested bouts in defeating the Hornets 61-4.They got going at 113 pounds with ESM’s Davis Palmer pinning Abdulrahman Abouelamayem early in the second period. Right after, at 120 pounds, Kaylee Defalco got a second-period fall over Malik Barr. Forfeits also went to Dylan Johnston (145 pounds) and Andrew Crone (195 pounds) as ESM has matches this week with Oswego and Chittenango before going to Saturday’s duals hosted by Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA. F-M is hosting Whitesboro Thursday before going to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Andersen Tournament two days later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: ESMF-Mwrestlinglast_img read more

University adds policy for minors

first_imgThe university recently updated its policies to protect minors on campus from abuse and created a series of awareness programs, The Office of Equity and Diversity announced to all students via email Tuesday.The new policies collectively formalize procedures on how to react to and prevent child abuse. They detail the reporting process for allegations of child abuse or neglect, as well as the involvement of federal Child Services and law enforcement.The university also expanded its criminal background check policy so that those who have been convicted of a crime involving a minor are subject to further scrutiny.“The university is firmly committed to protecting the safety and well-being of minors in its care and on our campuses, such as patients, volunteer subjects of research, sports camp attendees and the children in our daycare and community outreach programs,” Senior Vice President of Administration Todd Dickey said in a statement.The new “Protecting Minors on Campus” policy says those under the age of 18 must not be left alone on campus, resident students may not babysit minors (including relatives) in their rooms, minors may not accompany students to class, minors must be monitored if they go to work with their parent or guardian and employees should not take sick children with them to work, rather administrators should be lenient in excusing missed days caused by sick children.Previously, all USC employees were informed that they must report suspicions of child abuse or neglect during their mandatory sexual harassment seminars, which occurred every two years in compliance with state law. The new policy is meant to make those practices official university procedure, according to Dickey.“Our most recent efforts reflect this commitment by aiming to clarify several policies and practices; many of which were already in place but had not been formalized,” Dickey said. “We believe this will lead to even greater protections for minors across both campuses.”The Office of Equity and Diversity also urged members of the USC community to watch a series of new educational videos related to protecting minors on campus.“As members of the Trojan Family, it is our responsibility to work together to promote a campus that is safe and secure for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors of any age,” the Office of Equity and Diversity said.last_img read more

No. 1 USC upends Long Beach State in straight sets

first_imgLate in the third and final set, senior setter Riley McKibbin soared into the air to challenge a ball directly above the net. Hovering in mid-air, McKibbin and a Long Beach State player palmed opposite sides of the ball, until the much shorter Trojan won the joust, sending the ball and the player to the floor.Emerging victorious with a smirk, the captain’s scrappy effort punctuated a dominating Trojan net display from the outset, as the No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team (2-0, 2-0) dismantled visiting No. 11 Long Beach State (2-3, 1-1) in straight sets, 25-16, 25-17, 25-17.Quite simply, the 49ers backcourt-based offense, while a topic of pre-game preparation because of its uniqueness, was ill-suited to counter an explosive, upfront hitting attack. Senior opposite Murphy Troy, sophomore opposite hitter Madison McKibbin and junior opposite hitter Tony Ciarelli combined for 28 kills, which were almost always uncontestable save for the occasional miraculous sprawling effort or unforced error.“We’re a big, mature team, with a lot of upperclassmen,” said head coach Bill Ferguson. “We’ve been paying attention to the little details that go along with executing these kills, especially our footwork and balance.”Amid the dazzling barrage of spikes, easy to ignore is Riley McKibbon and freshman libero Henry Cassiday’s instrumental setting and passing work. Murphy Troy—the game’s indisputable star with 12 kills, 9 digs, and 5 blocks—eagerly lent credit to the offense’s facilitators.“I think we competed really well,” Troy said. “It was a big game, and we showed up. The great passing made it a lot easier for the setters to give us easy hits.”Aside from an early 1-0 deficit in the first set, the Trojans never trailed during the match and never struggled for any prolonged stretches, thus never offering the 49ers any glimmer of hope to mount a comeback.Improving the blocking was a focal point of practice during the week, and the Trojans quickly demonstrated a better scheme, rattling of three consecutive blocks in the first set to shift momentum quickly and to jump out to a 5-1 lead.“I really like the way we blocked,” Ferguson said. “The guys were really tough upfront. With that said, it was a much different style of team we faced tonight; it was a much faster tempo. [Junior middle blocker Steven] Shandrick did really well and, of course, Murphy was phenomenal.”While the Trojans held the advantage in virtually all statistical categories, including hit percentage (.444 to just .091), blocks (11.0 to 4.0), digs (31 to 18) and aces (3 to 1); perhaps the most glaring difference between the two teams was apparent in an intangible sense.At many points, the 49ers, with sunken shoulders and hanging heads, appeared resigned to the reality that this was not their match. Conversely, the Trojans exuded the confident—bordering on brazen—swagger of a championship-caliber team. Whether it was Murphy Troy emphatically pounding his chest after another titanic kill or the Trojan reserves doing push-ups when they missed a kill during their warm-ups in between sets, the 49ers never approached the stratosphere of the Trojans’ intensity.The Trojans will take to the road for their next five matches, beginning Wednesday against No. 7 UC Irvine at 6 p.m.last_img read more

Frank Howard takes on larger role as Syracuse’s main point guard

first_imgFrank Howard unfurled the wrap from his knee, tossed the block of ice in the garbage can to his right and continued fixing his stare on the locker room carpet at Madison Square Garden. The sophomore point guard had just chalked up his worst offensive showing of the season, a paltry 0-for-9 shooting night in which all three of his points came from the foul line.Syracuse lost, 52-50, to a damaged Connecticut team. Howard, who played 27 minutes, 11 more than fellow point guard John Gillon, struggled to orchestrate an offense that might’ve been even worse than its second-year floor general.For a player coming off his second career double-double, including 10 points and a career-high 13 assists just two days prior in a win against North Florida, this reality check brought Howard back down to Earth.“I just think it’s a one-time thing,” Howard said. “I don’t think I’ll ever … I won’t say ever, but hopefully I won’t have this performance for the rest of the year.”The sophomore has assumed a role larger than what he undertook last year. Howard displaced Kaleb Joseph as Michael Gbinije’s backup in the latter part of the season but still didn’t have the freedom SU head coach Jim Boeheim has granted him this year. His vast improvement has surfaced on occasion this season, and for both Howard’s sake and Syracuse’s (5-3), a noon matchup with Boston University (4-5) at the Carrier Dome on Saturday will provide a suitable opportunity for the point guard to get back on track.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ll learn from it,” Howard said of his Monday letdown, “just gotta take it on the chin.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorFor a point guard who has been asked to penetrate more, he’s done a sufficient job of doing so since Syracuse’s loss to South Carolina. A vast chunk of his 13 assists last Saturday came from drive-and-kick scenarios where he freed up space for perimeter shooters, namely Andrew White.But against the Huskies, Howard opted to attack the rim to create for himself on most drives rather than find a teammate. He attempted a season-high nine shots (six from two-point range) and logged his first game all season without a made field goal, largely in part to UConn’s starting frontcourt of 6-foot-11 Steve Enoch and 7-foot Amida Brimah.“They were big guys and I didn’t get into ‘em, just kind of tried to get over top of ‘em and that’s never going to work so you know, just gotta watch that,” Howard said. “Going in there, there was a few of those that were definitely my fault, could’ve got to the line more.”Instead, Howard got to the line only twice, and left much to be desired from his head coach.The Huskies varied their defensive setup, from zone, to man, to a full-court press. Though Howard committed only two turnovers, he couldn’t fully expose the UConn pressure for any easy buckets aside from a dump-off to Dajuan Coleman to beat the first-half buzzer.“We kind of switched it up, played a little full-court pressure to retreat back to the zone. And then we just played solid defense down the stretch,” UConn head coach Kevin Ollie said. “We went back to our bread and butter in man-to-man defense.”Point guard production has rested largely on Howard’s shoulders with Gillon taking only 11 shots and scoring 13 points in the last four games, including none in the last two.It’s a burden Howard crumbled under in SU’s most recent offensive dud, but one he’ll be hoping to shoulder with ease again like he has against Syracuse’s inferior opponents thus far.“We just made some bad decisions from the point guard spot,” Boeheim said. “We gotta play better there.” Comments Published on December 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more