‘Confiscating unlit cigarettes is theft’

first_imgAs law enforcers, policemen should notbe ignorant of laws, he stressed. A policeman can be sued for theft ifhe seizes a person’s unlighted cigarettes, said Duron. It would be tantamount to theft, saidCouncilor Romel Duron. “The taking of another person’spersonal property without the consent of the owner is plain and simple theft,”said Duron. “Or the police must first secure asearch warrant from the court. Kon walacourt order, indi mo gid mabuksan ang compartment,”he added./PN ILOILO City – Policemen have beenwarned against confiscating people’s unlighted cigarettes. According to Duron, a lawyer, merepossession of cigarettes is not a violation of the city’s antismoking ordinancethat prohibits smoking in public places and conveyances.center_img “The law recognizes only the ‘plainview doctrine’. Opening of trunks should be voluntary on the part of the carowner. If he agrees, ti buksan mo. Pero kon indi, you will be violating ila rights regarding searches,” Duronexplained. As to the request of the ICPO that thecity council pass an ordinance allowing policemen to open the trunks of privatevehicles at checkpoints, Duron said such has legal implications. Cigarettes are not even consideredcontrabands, he added. “Angginabawal smoking. Once masindihan kag mag-emit nasang smoke, that is a violation. Konwala masindihan, there is no violation yet,” said Duron. The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO)announced it would be strictly enforcing the antismoking ordinance during theDinagyang Festival, the highlight of which is the crowd-drawing ati tribes competition on Sunday, Jan.26. It plans to confiscate even unlighted cigarettes.last_img read more

Women’s water polo finds success but cannot close

first_imgDespite winning each of their first 10 matches, USC women’s water polo lost for the first time this season. Falling 9-3 to No. 1 Stanford in the championship match of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, the Women of Troy found a disappointing end to what was an otherwise strong showing for the squad.Sophomore driver Kelsey McIntosh has scored 14 goals in the 2018 season, the third most on the Trojans’ squad. Daily Trojan file photo.“By the end, recovery played a huge role,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “We were definitely worn out.”To start out the tournament, action was business as usual for USC. After dismantling No. 18 San Jose State by a 17-1 margin on Friday, the Trojans were off and running. Against the Spartans, nine different players found the back of the net, six managed to score twice, and two (drivers freshman Paige Hauschild and sophomore Denise Mammolito) notched hat tricks. As a team, USC opened up the match with a massive 16-0 run only conceding a late goal in the final seven minutes of play.On Saturday, USC faced a tough pair of opponents standing between them and a shot at winning a third consecutive Barbara Kalbus title. In the first match of the day, the Trojans took down No. 6 Arizona State 8-6 in a hard fought, back-and-forth affair. Taking a 5-5 tie into the fourth period, USC stepped up when it mattered most, striking three more times to secure the victory before the Sun Devils could find any footing. Senior utility player Annika Jensen became the third Trojan to pick up a hat trick over the course of two games while Hauschild netted her fourth and fifth goals of the tournament.Moving on to the semi-finals, No. 2 Cal. represented the toughest test the Women of Troy had faced thus far in the 2018 season. Early in the match, the Golden Bears were proving just why they are such a difficult squad to overcome. California came out firing, pinning down USC 3-1 within the first few minutes of the game. The Trojan defense tightened up in the second period and by halftime, the score was knotted up 3-3.Continuing momentum off a strong end to the half, junior goaltender Amanda Longan dominated the final half of play. In a career-best performance of 18 saves, Longan repelled shot after shot from the dangerous Cal team. Her performance completely shut down Cal for yet another period in the third, allowing USC to take a 5-3 lead into the fourth off goals from senior drivers Brianna Daboub and Jensen. Despite conceding their 2-goal lead, USC found a late spark as Jensen completed her second consecutive hat trick with a clutch score that came with just 18 seconds left in regulation time. “[Jensen] stepped up and that’s what you do as a senior,” Vavic said. “I’m excited to see what she can do.”All that remained for USC to secure a third-straight title was a championship match against No. 1 Stanford. As it turned out, the Trojans’ long stretch of success would finally come to an end. After turning in a number of dominant offensive performances throughout the early season and the first few matches of the tournament, the goal scoring faltered Sunday against Stanford as the Women of Troy fell 9-3 to the Cardinal.Despite failures to convert on key chances early in the match, USC was down only 3-2 in the second period. At this point, the floodgates opened and Stanford managed to score four consecutive goals until a last-minute score from Trojan freshman driver Verica Bakoc closed the Trojans’ deficit to 7-3 heading into the half. While this margin is certainly within striking range, USC was unable to close the gap as the Cardinal completely shut down the Trojans’ attack for the remainder of the game to take home the title.Looking ahead, the squad will have a few weeks off before taking on No. 7 UC Irvine on March 7.last_img read more

United States Urges Official Declaration of Guyana Elections

first_imgThe Washington-based hemispheric body noted that “the Chief Elections Officer of Guyana, in direct opposition to the instructions of the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission, has submitted a final report which includes data compiled prior to the national recount; data which had already been deemed to be questionable. WASHINGTON – The United States on Monday called for the release of the official results of the disputed March 2 regional and general elections in Guyana. “There can be no justification for this action. As intimated in our statement of July 10, this confirms that the Chief Elections Officer is acting in bad faith and contrary to the interest of democracy in Guyana,” it added. Acting Assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affair, Michael Kozak, has endorsed a statement issued last weekend by the Organisation of American States (OAS) which noted that the only democratic solution for Guyana is respect for the results of the national recount. One of the three opposition nominated members on the seven-member GECOM, Sase Gunraj, told reporters that the report did not reflect the results of the national recount that ended on June 9 with the PPP/C claiming that it had won the polls by more than 15,000 votes. “We stand with @OAS_official in calling for respect of the results of the national recount in #Guyana. The peoples of the Americas have a right to democracy and their governments have an obligation to promote and defend it,” Kozak said in a message of the social network, Twitter. The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is likely to meet on Monday to discuss a report submitted by the Chief Elections Officer (CEO) Keith Lowebfield that gave the ruling coalition, A partnership for National Unity (APNU) victory in the elections. The OAS, which had sent an observer tam to monitor the elections and the recount, said that respect for the results of the national recount is Guyana’s “only democratic solution”. As a result, he has assigned coalition, 32 seats in the 65 member Parliament, 31 to the PPP/C and one seat to three of the smaller opposition parties. Lowenfield who last Saturday, had earlier missed the deadline for submitting the report given to him by GECOM chairman, retired justice Claudette Singh, in his new report, put the valid votes as 475,118, giving the coalition 236, 777 and the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) 229, 330. CMClast_img read more

Senior giving 49ers a big lift

first_imgCan a gymnasium’s or arena’s location make that much difference in coach Larry Reynolds’ team’s performance? Apparently, it has a lot to do with the opponents’ mindsets in front of their home crowds and the mindsets of the 49ers in buildings other than the Walter Pyramid. “It was like we almost had no `sense of urgency’ until we were down (by 25 points) at Irvine,” said Houston, averaging 10.6 points and 4.5 assists per game, before a practice in the Walter Pyramid last week. “We can’t allow that to happen again. Hopefully, we’ve learned our lesson.” The 5-foot-10 graduate of San Gorgonio High is operating with his own “sense of urgency” these days, on and off the court. He’s enrolled in the four classes he needs this semester to finish up his coursework and pick up his bachelor’s degree in communications in late May. “It took me a while (at Long Beach) to find out what I wanted to do,” he said, the day after the spring semester had started last week. “But then I took a couple of communications classes, liked them, and decided I wanted to major in it. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do (for a career) but it will give me a lot of options. It’s given me the skills that can help me in almost any kind of business or profession I get into. And it definitely prepares you to speak and communicate in crowds or in front of groups and not be very nervous.” And there is the urgent on-court business on hand, not only for Houston but each of the other six Long Beach seniors: This is their final opportunity to play in an NCAA Tournament. “Long Beach State vs. …” hasn’t popped up on the television screen during a CBS NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Show since 1995, when Utah was the “vs.,” Seth Greenberg was the 49ers’ coach and UCLA ultimately was the national champion. “Going through our whole (college) careers without being a part of it (the NCAA Tournament)? That would be kind of messed up,” he said. “We got close last year (losing in the Big West Tournament final to Pacific) and this year I think we can do it.” Houston started 26 of the 57 games he played in during his first two seasons, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 assists per game as a freshman and 6.7 and 3.3, respectively, as a sophomore. But there was no talk of a trip to the NCAA Tournament by February of those seasons, which ended with 6-21 and 10-20 records. “It was tough,” he said, “because I came here wanting to be a part of something that would turn things around (right away) and obviously that didn’t happen. Like most of the guys who were here, I had never been in a losing program.” He looks back on the seasons with a heavy dose of perspective, though. “I’d take back the record, but not the experience,” he said. “You learn so much through the adversity.” Statistically (he led the 49ers in steals and assists, shot .460 from the field and was fifth in scoring at 8.6 ppg) he turned in his best performance last season, when Long Beach won seven games in a row before losing in the conference final to finish 18-12. But, immediately following the season, when, with the addition of guards Aaron Nixon and Kejuan Johnson, he started only 12 times and averaged 22 minutes per game, he wasn’t sure he wanted to play as a senior at Long Beach. And he said as much to Reynolds. “I can’t complain, because we had some good guards on the team,” he said, measuring his words carefully. “But I wanted to make sure that me, the coach and the rest of the team were on the same page. Yeah, I was considering it (leaving). But I loved the school, too, and I knew we were going to be good. It took some time and I had to consult with my parents and they gave me some good advice. And I think I made a good decision (to stay), just as I think I made a good decision when I came here (originally).” Houston has been exceptional during conference play, averaging 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and only 2.0 turnovers per game. “He’s playing at a very, very high level for us and doing a great job of distributing the ball and getting everyone involved,” Reynolds said. Was there much of a concern Houston wouldn’t be in uniform this season? “You don’t begrudge guys who want to play more; you want that,” Reynolds added. “That’s natural for guys who are very competitive and have a good deal of talent. “He wasn’t happy and he expressed that. But I didn’t think, at any point, that he wouldn’t be with us (this season).” 49ERS NOTES: The 49ers beat Cal Poly, 77-70, on Jan. 6. Since that trip to the Walter Pyramid, coach Kevin Bromley’s team has won five of six games to improve to 3-4 in conference and 11-9 overall. … Six-five Derek Stockalper, a first-team all-Big West selection last season, leads the Mustangs in scoring (12.9 points) and rebounds (6.8 per game). … In the absence of Kejuan Johnson and Mark Dawson during the 49ers’ games with Cal State Northridge and Pacific last week, freshman guard Tim Island (10 points and four rebounds in 26 minutes) and junior post Travon Free (10 points, while hitting all five shots, and five rebounds in 21) gave the team a big boost off the bench. Frank Burlison can be reached at frank.burlison@presstelegram.com or (562) 499-1320. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During six Big West Conference games in the Walter Pyramid this season, the Long Beach State 49ers are 6-0 and have outscored opponents, 90.5 to 70.2 points per game. In two conference games on the road, they’re 0-2 and have been outscored, 89.0 to 83.5. So, what gives? center_img The 49ers, atop the Big West standings, at 6-2, and 15-6 overall, can’t do much about the former. But they hope to do something about the latter, beginning tonight, when they take on Cal Poly in a 7 o’clock game in the Mustangs’ Mott Gymnasium. “We’re going to have to step it up, that’s for sure,” senior guard Kevin Houston conceded. “We know teams are going to get after us hard, in their houses, so we have to be more intense right from the beginning.” The 49ers found themselves in big first-half holes – with, of course the host Cal State Northridge Matadors and UC Irvine Anteaters doing a lot of the digging – while falling behind by 17 and 25 points, respectively, before rallying to nearly pull the games out. last_img