Barangay ‘kagawad’ robbed, shot to death

first_imgThe 45-year-old resident Edward DominicAlgara sustained gunshot wounds on the head and body, police said. The suspect then took the victim’smoney, the police added. Officers of the Pontivedra municipalpolice station conducted a manhunt operation against the suspect who fled afterthe shooting./PN BACOLOD City – A village councilman was shotto death in his store in Barangay Antipolo, Pontivedra, Negros Occidental.center_img Algara was rushed to the ValladolidDistrict hospital where the attending physician declared him as “dead onarrival.” According to police investigators,Algara was tending to his store when an unidentified suspect declared holdupand shot the victim twice around 11:15 a.m. on March 23.last_img


Ethan Michael Eckerle

first_imgIn lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to St. Michael School, the Works of Mercy or a Charity of choice.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ethan Eckerle. Those surviving who will cherish Ethan’s memory include his parents, Larry and Ruth Eckerle of Brookville; siblings, Felicia (Mark) Rauch and Landon (Amy) Eckerle, both of Brookville; one niece, Addyson Rauch, and one nephew, Lucas Eckerle.  He is also survived by aunts and uncles, Karen (Bruce) Machamer, Kenny (Carolyn) Eckerle, Tom (Brenda) Eckerle, Connie (Mark) Taylor, Mary Ann (Chris) Burke, John (Connie) Flaspohler, Tony (Marilyn) Flaspohler, Diane (Michael) Rathburn, Merita (Martin) Glaub, Donald (Debra) Flaspohler, and many cousins and friends.  Ethan was preceded in death by grandparents, Raymond and Lavinia Eckerle, and Cecil and Alvina Flaspohler.  Ethan Michael Eckerle, formerly of Brookville, was born on April 26, 1990, in Oxford, Ohio, the son of Larry and Ruth Flaspohler Eckerle.  He attended special education at Eastview Elementary, Brookville Middle School and Franklin County High School.  Ethan loved cheering on his siblings at ball games, being outdoors, singing Christmas carols and watching anything blow in the wind.  Many summers he also enjoyed attending Camp Riley.  On Sunday, September 4, 2016, at the age of 26, Ethan passed away at his residence in Scipio. center_img Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Rosary will be recited at 3:15.  A Mass of Christian burial is on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church.  Burial will be at the convenience of the family at a later date.last_img read more


Nets set ‘unlikely’ performance incentives in Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving deals to manage cap space

first_img Related News NBA free agency: Danny Green explains why he signed with Lakers ESPN’s report states Irving has a total of eight incentives he is “unlikely” to reach that become more difficult in each year of his contract. The Nets are asking Irving to play in 70 games, shoot 88.5 percent from the free throw line and make at least 2.8 3-pointers per game in the regular season, among other things. He has played more than 70 regular season games three times in his eight-year career, is a career 87.5 percent free throw shooter and has averaged 2.8 3-pointers per game once (2017-18).There are team incentives that would likely require Irving to help Brooklyn rise to the cream of the crop as a unit statistically — on both sides of the ball. It didn’t rank better than 15th in offensive or defensive rating in 2018-19, according to Brooklyn has structured the contracts of its two stars in an interesting way.The Nets signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to four-year, max deals this summer with player options in 2022-2023, but the duo will have to meet some specific requirements to get all their money, according to a report from ESPN. Brooklyn included approximately $1 million apiece for the two in yearly performance-based incentives in a likely attempt manipulate cap space favorably. These marks won’t be easy to reach.center_img On the other hand, Durant, who will likely miss most if not all of 2019-20 while recovering from a ruptured Achilles, has his own unique set of expectations. Durant receives his bonus if the Nets make the playoffs, win 43 or more games, he appears in 50 or more games or makes the All-Star team. While the two-time Finals MVP has had plenty of success in the past, it’s unclear how such a serious injury will affect his turnaround.Brooklyn was considered to have won 2019 free agency before the Clippers landed Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. But the Nets still have the opportunity to surge to the top of the Eastern Conference, and they’ll do everything they can to field a competitive roster in the meantime. Kawhi Leonard officially signs with Clippers, but reportedly opts for 3-year deallast_img read more


Trump Threatens to Classify Antifa as Terrorist Group

first_imgPresident Trump is calling for Antifa to be a designated an “organization of domestic terror.”He posted on Twitter, just before the left-wing anti-fascist demonstrators were expected to counter-protest a gathering of far-right and extremist groups in Portland, Oregon on Saturday: Last week, authorities in Portland warned residents to stay home as far-right groups were planning a weekend rally to put an “end to domestic terrorism,” with a focus on Antifa extremist groups. The officials feared that the rally would attract both right-wing extremists and Antifa counter-demonstrators, resulting in violence.However, the far-right group “Proud Boys” claimed success on Saturday evening, while promising to hold monthly protests in Portland. Rose City Antifa, which is Portland’s anti-fascist activist organization, countered with a demonstration of its own.Portland Police Lieutenant Tina Jones says that 1,200 people representing both sides took part in the nine hours of protests and counter-protests, and at least 13 arrests were made. Six people also suffered minor injuries.last_img read more


Promising RB Batch looking to bounce back

first_imgCOMING BACK—Baron Batch takes a drink between drills, June 13. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Then again, take on arguably the baddest guy in football—and hold your own—as Batch did during one memorable collision with linebacker James Harrison early in training camp and perceptions are bound to change.One bad step silenced the buzz. Batch knew something was wrong the second his left knee buckled while making a cut during practice. The MRI revealed a torn ACL, ending his rookie season before it even began.Leaning back at his locker following practice this week, the 24-year-old ran his fingers over the two-inch scar on his knee then glanced down at the even longer one on his surgically repaired ankle and just kind of smiled when asked if he ever considered doing something else with his life.“I love to be able to overcome things,” Batch said. “The ankle when I was in college. The knee. It’s cool to be able to get through stuff like that and just keep going.”Even if he’s not certain about the destination. Batch is part of a crowded running back picture that includes injured starter Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman and fifth-round draft pick Chris Rainey, who in some ways is a slightly smaller, slightly faster version of Batch.He tries not to think about the numbers game and how the next four months will play out. At the moment, he’s simply thankful for the opportunity to play again.“Obviously the guys we have on the roster are the guys we have on the roster,” he said. “I feel like I’ve just got to go in and earn a spot and prove my worth.”Batch was well on his way at the time of his injury. He wasted little time turning heads, going helmet-to-helmet with Harrison during a “back on backers” pass protection drill. The goal is for the running back to keep a blitzing linebacker from reaching the quarterback. The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Batch did more than that, lowering his head and smashing into the perennial All-Pro. The sound reverberated across the practice field. Even better, Harrison didn’t get to the quarterback.The play earned an excited whoop from coach Mike Tomlin, though Batch afterward dismissed it as just one play.Maybe, but it’s the kind of play that can fuel a comeback.Following a sometimes grueling rehab, Batch is hoping to pick up where he left off last summer. He took another step in the process this week when running backs coach Kirby Wilson let Batch practice without the blue jersey he wore during organized training activities, the one that says basically “keep off.”“It’s been a process,” Batch said. “It still is a process. I’ve had my ups and downs but it’s nice to be back on the field.”And in a way, Batch returns with an even better opportunity to make the team. Former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is gone, replaced by former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley, who is a bit more user-friendly with his running backs in the passing game.The Chiefs had a running back finish with at least 40 receptions in each of Haley’s two-plus seasons at the helm. At Arizona—where he served as offensive coordinator in 2007-08—the Cardinals had at least one running back top 30 receptions each season.A positive development for Batch, who caught 143 passes in the Red Raiders’ trigger-happy offense.“I’m the type of player I think if you ask me to do anything, I can do it regardless of whether it’s catching a pass, picking up a blitz or running the ball outside or between the tackles,” he said. “At Texas Tech, I caught a lot of balls and that’s definitely something I’m comfortable doing.” by Will GravesAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP)—Baron Batch was having one of those camps. The kind where unheralded rookies turn skepticism into belief.In the span of 10 days last summer, the former Texas Tech running back evolved from little-known seventh-round pick into “that guy.”last_img read more


Pipeline Protest, Clinging Jellyfish, Fish Kill Monitoring

first_img“Now that Gov. Cuomo (of New York) has stated his clear oppositionto this project, it’s now time for a resident of this town and a resident ofMonmouth County to stand up and deny the needed permits for this pipeline,” saidMiddletown Mayor Tony Perry, urging Murphy to reject the project. This essentially choked off the bunker fishes’ oxygen, leading tothe large fish kill, he said. “You had a drop-off of about 30 degrees in the area temperaturethe next day – so what happened then is the algae started to die off,”Heddendorf said. “What happens when those algae die off, the decomposers thatare decomposing then take up all the oxygen in the water leading to very lowdissolved oxygen levels.” People of all ages came out to make signs, sign petitions and listen to local officials and organizers speak against NESE at the rally sponsored by Clean Ocean Action. An interactive map showing the location of reported clinging jellyfish observations can be found at the state DEP’s website, The activists, who came from the local area and also New York,fear the installation of the William Transco NESE pipeline extension andcompressor could disrupt the ecology of the Raritan Bay and impact coastalcommunities. “A lot of these families depend on the recreation, as well as someof the industries that go on in the bay,” Cliff Moore, an economic developmentconsultant in the Bayshore towns of Highlands and Keansburg. “The pipelinewould disturb that.” That news was met with some relief by residents gathered at therecent Rally for the Navesink meeting at Bingham Hall. Fish kills can be caused by pollutants, natural causes orenvironmental factors. The DEP’s buoys can detect dissolved oxygen levels,salinity, chlorophyll, temperature and chlorophyll-a. The data will allow theDEP to act sooner if changedlevels in the water are coming from a natural cause like an algae bloom or froman unnatural pollutant which needs to be mitigated, like pesticides, detergentand biotoxins. But stay on guard, Heggendorf advised. This is around the time thedime-sized jellyfish that cling to eel grass make themselves known to humanswith their terribly painful sting. Residents fear the pipeline will negatively affect futuregenerations. Lisa Cordova of Middletown, standing with her daughter Luna andtwo friends, Madison and Scarlett Schreibman, said Murphy must “oppose thispipeline permanently.” She added, “The future of our children rests on it.” In addition to calling and tagging Murphy on social media,protestors signed a banner, petitions and wrote him letters, hoping he will denythe needed permits for this project. RUMSON – Clinging jellyfish have not been seen in the Navesink River since 2016, according to Bill Heddendorf of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The economic toll the pipeline could potentially have on Bayshorecommunities is also a concern.center_img Eight buoys identifiable by a solar panel and orange light will beplaced in the Navesink River in coming days. The buoys are part of an effort bythe DEP to understand the cause of fish kills, like the one in March at RedBank’s Marine Park. CLINGING JELLYFISH Over in Barnegat Bay and Point Pleasant, clinging jellies have shown up, concerning locals and swimmers. Finding the tiny clinging jellyfish in their sea grass habitat can be hard, so the NJDEP has considered obtaining a genome sequencer to help identify where they are gathered. This would allow them to do an environmental DNA analysis simply by analyzing collected water, and, as an additional benefit, determine their species. MIDDLETOWN – More than 60 people concerned about plans to build a controversial pipeline in Raritan Bay gathered at Bayshore Waterfront Park May 31 to send Gov. Phil Murphy a message: Say “No” to NESE. In between speeches, Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean OceanAction, asked the protestors to call the governor’s office and urge him to sayno to NESE. She asked them to tag Murphy on social media and use the #saynotonesehashtag. BUOYS TO HELP PREDICT FISH KILLS The buoys will allow the DEP to see oxygen levels in real time,before a fish kill occurs, and will be placed in the river in very early springnext year. Heggendorf said the DEP determined the cause of March’s large bunkerfish kill at Marine Park was unusually warm weather which caused a rapid bloom of algae inan area with a large number of bunker fish. Clinging jellyfish can be either of the Mediterranean or Chinesespecies, Heggendorf said. Both species of the clinging jellyfish have beenfound in different parts of New Jersey, but the kind found in the ShrewsburyRiver were of Mediterranean decent and the ones found south in Barnegat Bay andthe south bank of the Metedeconk River in Point Pleasant were of Chinesedescent. By Karyssa D’Agostino Heddendorf explained the buoys cost around $100,000 each and about the same to maintain yearly. The funding comes mostly from the state with some funding coming from the federal Environmental Protection Agency. “A near 32,000-horse-powered fracking gas compressing station isgoing to pollute Central Jersey even more with benzene, formaldehyde, methane,cancer causing chemicals – in an area that already has an ‘F’ grade by theAmerican Lung Association and air quality and ground zero level ozone,” saidJunior Romero of NJ Food and Water Watch. And as of May 30, they’ve not been detected in the ShrewsburyRiver, where they were found more frequently in recent years. last_img read more


Krause basketball camp at Selkirk CANCELLED

first_img“We just received news that (Director of Men’s Basketball at Gonzaga University) Jerry Krause will not be able to attend the upcoming camp at Selkirk College,” Kingdon said.Krause, who instructed last season during a camp at L.V. Rogers in Nelson and has been a professional basketball scout and general manager for such franchises as the Baltimore Bullets and the Chicago Bulls, was the head instructor for the two-day camp set for later this month at the Castlegar campus gymnasium.Kingdom hopes to have Krause reschedule for prior to the high school and elementary basketball seasons.For more information on Kootenay Basketball contact Vivian Kingdon at [email protected] Kootenay Basketball skipper Viv Kingdon has some bad news for youth hoopsters.last_img read more


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