As 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. “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.
Despite 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.
The 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. CMC