The Philippines: JCSCSG Transits Surigao Strait

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Surigao Back to overview,Home naval-today The Philippines: JCSCSG Transits Surigao Strait View post tag: Defense April 12, 2013 The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG) transited the Surigao Strait, a narrow passageway between the Mindanao and Leyte islands of the Philippines, April 10.Sailors took a brief pause during routine operations to pay tribute to the historical significance of the passage and to the Sailors who gave their lives in the defense of freedom during the battle in these waters during World War II.During the Battle of the Surigao Strait, from Oct. 23-26, 1944, the Japanese Imperial Navy, who then occupied the central Philippines, led an assault on U.S. ships supporting the Allied invasion of Leyte Gulf. U.S. Rear Adm. Jesse B. Oldendorf, commander of U.S. 7th Fleet, was tasked with stopping the Japanese attack. With the help of Allied forces, Oldendorf reduced the Japanese forces to half. The remaining Japanese battleship fleet retreated after seeing the burning wreckage of the defeated Imperial battleships.The Battle of Surigao Strait severely weakened the Japanese fleet, allowing the Allied forces to successfully defend the ground invasion of the Philippines, setting the stage for the invasion of Okinawa.Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) reflected on the significance of this battle by gathering on the flight deck, as it transited the historic strait.“I wrote a poem while transiting the strait called ‘Coming Home to the Philippines,’” said Machinist’s Mate Fireman Maria Cruzclaveria, from Zambales, Philippines. “It feels refreshing to see a piece of home even though it’s just the tip of the country where I grew up. The Straits reminds me of those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom I enjoy now.”The JCSCSG consisting of Stennis, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, guided missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, transited the Surigao Strait en route to U.S. waters after more than seven months deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR).[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 12, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Transits View post tag: Strait The Philippines: JCSCSG Transits Surigao Strait Share this article Training & Education View post tag: JCSCSGlast_img read more

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Post-Doc-Pharmacology and Therapeutics-Dr. Casadesus Laboratory (67465)

first_imgPost-doctoral position open in the Pharmacology and Therapeuticsdepartment at the University of Florida College of Medicine.Candidates must have a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. Neurosciences,cellular/molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, endocrinologyor related field. This is an extramurally funded position toinvestigate the mechanisms that underlay the impact of endocrinesignals on brain health. Particularly, how age- and/orlifestyle-related dysregulation in reproductive or metabolichormones trigger pathogenic mechanisms that lead to functional lossand neurodegenerative disease ( www.casadesuslab.com ). The candidate will integrate into avibrant laboratory that incorporates a broad range of techniquesincluding, behavioral phenotyping, in vivo and in vitrogene-editing, and systems neuroscience approaches (transcriptomics)to answer the above questions. Applicants for this position should have documented experiencein at least two of the areas listed below:Gene manipulation/editing (i.e. shRNA/siRNA preps,viral vector delivery of genetic materials and/or CRISPR/Cas9 geneediting).Cell culture/primary cultureGeneral biochemical techniques immunolabeling, western blot,PCR, ELISAs etc.Microscopy (confocal)/analysisPlease contact the PI for more information at the email belowor apply for the position at: https://facultyjobs.hr.ufl.edu/posting/81615 Gemma Casadesus Smith, PhDUniversity of FloridaEmail: [email protected] with in vivo techniques involving rodentmodelsBioinformatics/Transcriptomicscenter_img Application must include a CV, research description with short-termand long-term goals, and at least two letters of recommendationfrom immediate supervisors.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

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Funding the future

first_img 3-D material changes shape as it prepares for next task How unhappy cities attract new residents Creatures of habit A new effort to image the sources of gravitational waves. The development of meta-materials with previously unexplored properties. Using computers to survey urban environments as a measure of economic evolution. Advancement of computer models to help understand how the brain interprets shape. Monitoring brain activity over weeks or months as animals learn complex behaviors.The ideas may sound like science fiction — but with support from the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research, they might one day be science fact.The Star Family Challenge, whose creation and funding were directed by James A. Star ’83, makes grants annually to high-risk, high-reward research efforts that might not receive funding through other programs.“I’m grateful to challenge chairman Doug Melton and his fellow prize committee members for the rigor and intellectual curiosity they have brought to the selection process,” James Star said. “This is the third year in which prizes have been awarded, and the quality of the winning projects remains extraordinary.”As part of the challenge, the five faculty members selected for the awards — Edo Berger, Katia Bertoldi, Edward Glaeser, Talia Konkle, and Bence Ölveczky — made short presentations to a standing-room-only crowd in the Faculty Room of University Hall.“The Star Family Challenge is remarkable in several aspects,” Dean of Science and Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics Jeremy Bloxham said. “First, it brings together faculty from different corners of Harvard. Each time I’ve been to this event, it’s been a treat to hear about areas of research that I don’t think about everyday.“This event is also noteworthy because it’s important today to have funding for people who are generating good ideas, rather than funding for people who are writing grant proposals that meet the particular description of the program they are applying to,” he continued. “This program gives us an opportunity to recognize people who are thinking outside the box and generating truly imaginative ideas, and gives them a boost in research funding so they can explore the full potential of what they’ve been working on.”Edo BergerFor Professor of Astronomy Edo Berger, that potential includes the chance to get a first-ever look at the cosmological events — like the collision of black holes — that create gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time.Researchers made headlines earlier this year with the first confirmed detection of such ripples, Berger said, but some information — particularly their exact location — can only be obtained by imaging their source using more traditional techniques.“The first gravitational waves were detected in September 2015 … but when the detectors reach their full sensitivity a few years from now, we will be able to detect these events about once per day,” Berger said. “If we have this new way of seeing the universe, why do we want to combine this with more traditional observations?“Gravitational wave data provides completely unique and new insights into black holes and neutron stars, but it doesn’t give us the complete picture,” he continued. “One key thing that’s missing is the precise location in the sky where this occurred. Without a precise position, we can’t get a measurement of the distance, so we don’t really know the full energy scale of the system. We don’t have an understanding of the material that is present in the system after the merger is completed. Does this merger cause an ejection of material or produce new jets of radiation? We don’t have the full context of this event.”With support from the challenge, Berger said, his plan is to rapidly image regions where gravitational waves are detected, and use computer algorithms to analyze the data in real time to sift through thousands of astronomical objects and identify the subjects of their search.Katia BertoldiThey’ve been hailed as the key to making science-fiction gadgets like cloaking devices a reality, but the development of new meta-materials — materials with properties not found in nature — has been limited by the challenge of controlling stress waves in solid materials.To overcome such challenges, designers of electrical systems have introduced an exciting new model for this kind of work by using topology — a concept that emerged from quantum physics — as an organizing framework. Researchers design foldable material that is versatile, tunable, self-actuated Motor cortex is critical to learn new skills, but may not be needed to perform them, study says The price is right Typically, he said, such experiments are done in a fragmented fashion — researchers develop a task for an animal, and record brain activity as it performs the task, often recording from different neurons on different days.“We build up little snapshots of what’s going on in the brain, but this process is fundamentally continuous,” Ölveczky said. “As a consequence of learning new skills, the circuits in the brain are reorganized. We want to be able to follow this process at the level of single neurons.”To do that, Ölveczky and colleagues plan to turn to another project supported by the Star Family Challenge — injectable electronic meshes developed by Charles Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.“We want to incorporate this technology into our setup with the hope of being able to record from hundreds of neurons continuously as an animal learns a task,” he said. “We will be able to monitor processes that occur on long time scales. What happens after brain injury? How do the neural circuits compensate for lost brain tissue? What happens in neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s? When we put all this together, I think it will be transformative for the way we think about neuroscience and the brain.” “One of the biggest challenges is measurement,” Glaeser added. Because many poor nations aren’t well-governed, very little — if any — work gets done to quantify economic activity infrastructure or even public health.But while it may be difficult to obtain traditional statistics from some regions, images are another story. The question, Glaeser said, is whether researchers could use computers to extract information — such as median income — from images of a particular city.Using street-level images from Boston and New York City, Glaeser and colleagues developed a machine-learning algorithm that examines images and predicts median income levels with high accuracy.Going forward, they plan a pilot study in Indonesia using several thousand images, and hope to expand the work to India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh over the next year.“We want to able to use images to let us measure median income levels,” Glaeser said. “But a whole lot of other things can also be measured — where sewers are open, poverty, and changes in urban development.”Star Family Challenge award recipient Assistant Professor of Psychology Talia Konkle explained her research during the ceremony. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerTalia KonkleIt may appear easy to recognize everyday objects, like a table, chair, or telephone, but in fact it’s one of the most complex processes in the brain — and one that scientists still don’t fully understand.“When we look at the world, our cognitive system is putting an organization on whatever we see — those are all cognitive constructs,” said Assistant Professor of Psychology Talia Konkle. “The question is, how does the visual system take in light and recognize those things? We can’t possibly have pre-existing representations for all the things we see in the world in our brain, so how do we organize all that?”While researchers understand that the visual cortex extracts information about edges from the images it receives, it’s still unclear how that information is processed into shapes, and then into recognizable objects.“How do you parameterize shape? What basis do you use that contains all possible shapes?” Konkle said. “We don’t know how that works.”In the hope of providing some of those answers, Konkle’s project would use insights from mathematics to develop a model based on curvature, and then rely on behavior and neuroimaging studies to test it.“There are two avenues where this can have an impact,” she said. “The first is just in providing a formal way to predict shape perception, which is a problem we’ve been looking at for a long time. The second is this will provide an immediate, multi-disciplinary tool that can be used in a wide variety of research.”Bence ÖlveczkyImagine trying to understand a film if you only watch one minute every half-hour and you begin to understand the challenge many neuroscientists face, said Bence Ölveczky, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences.While researchers have long been able to use electrodes to record the activity of neurons in the brain, over time electrodes can move slightly, making it all but impossible to record from the same neurons over longer times.“If you want to understand behavioral and mental processes that play themselves out over weeks and months — for instance, I’m interested in understanding motor-skill learning — the ability to record from the brain and see how the brain changes would be very important,” Ölveczky said. Related Taking that framework as inspiration, Katia Bertoldi, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences, and colleagues plan to design, fabricate and characterize new mechanical metamaterials that encode topological properties. If successful, this work could create new possibilities for impact and blast mitigation in engineering, or even pave the way for entirely new technologies.“The idea here is to use ideas from topology to design a system in which we can control the propagation of elastic waves in the material,” Bertoldi said. “That is very difficult to do now … it’s our hope that this will also allow us to explore other properties of mechanical metamaterials.”Edward GlaeserFor much of human history, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics Edward Glaeser said, being poor and being rural were virtually synonymous. These days, however, the rise of urbanization has created a new type of poverty that is notoriously difficult to gauge.“Cities are great pathways from poverty to prosperity,” he said. “But they also create challenges, because just as urban proximity can speed the flow of ideas and commerce, it can also speed the flow of various forms of contagion and lead to increased crime.­ Related Relatedlast_img read more

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U.S. Forces to Stay Near Haiti Through Hurricane Season

first_imgBy Dialogo May 04, 2010 The American military’s role in Haiti will decrease substantially after May, but the United States will maintain a scaled-down presence in the area through hurricane season, a top military commander said. Some 500 soldiers will begin a five-month exercise in Haiti starting in June, and the USS Iwo Jima will be available to provide aid should disaster again strike the island nation, Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser told reporters. About 1,000 U.S. troops will operate in and around Haiti through May, after which some 500 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard will deploy to Haiti for an exercise focused on helping to rebuild a country recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck in January. Haiti has been the focus of expansive international relief efforts in the wake of what is considered one of the greatest humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas. A crippling Jan. 12 earthquake killed an estimated 250,000 people and displaced more than a million inhabitants. At the height of the U.S. military effort there, some 22,000 forces were deployed in or around Haiti, including 7,000 land-based troops, with the remainder operating aboard 58 aircraft and 15 nearby vessels. Fraser said this response represented an ad hoc effort, not the result of contingency planning crafted before the earthquake — the first to strike Haiti since 1860. “We did not have a plan on [the] shelf,” he said. But from June through November — regarded as the Atlantic hurricane season — the USS Iwo Jima, a large-deck amphibious ship, will provide medical support at locales around the Caribbean – venturing no farther than a two-day sail from Haiti. “We’ve started that practice of having a large ship in the region to be able to respond to a concern in hurricane season during that time period,” Fraser said, “allowing us to be able to respond accordingly.” As the number of U.S. forces in Haiti reduces in June, Southcom will transition to a more “traditional role” in its support to Haiti, Fraser said. The Louisiana National Guard exercise, known as “New Horizons,” will entail a $2 million series of projects to construct or rebuild Haitian schools and other infrastructure and to help Haitians prepare for possible future natural disasters, officials said.last_img read more

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East Meadow Armed Robbery ‘Likely’ Related to Crime Spree, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An armed robbery in East Meadow early Wednesday morning is “likely” related to a string of similar crimes that have occurred in Nassau County over the last two months, including one case in which a clerk was murdered, Nassau County police said.Dep. Insp. Kenneth Lack, the police department’s chief spokesman, said detectives are investigating the robbery at a Sunoco gas station on Hempstead Turnpike at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, which he said is likely related to nine similar incidents since Dec. 20. The same suspect is believed to be responsible for the slaying of a 58-year-old gas station attendant in Jericho on Jan. 28.In the latest incident, police said a male entered the gas station at 2475 Hempstead Turnpike and approached two employees, demanding cash while threatening the pair with a black handgun. The suspect fled on foot after obtaining an unknown amount of cash, police said. No customers were inside the gas station at the time of the robbery, police said.A description of the suspect was not provided. But the suspect in the string of armed robberies has been described as a black man between 5-feet, 11-inches and 6-feet tall, with a thin build, wearing all black Nike clothing, a black mask, black gloves, black Nike sneakers with red laces and armed with either a black or a silver revolver.“This subject has demonstrated that he is very violent, or can be very violent,” acting police commissioner Thomas Krumpter said during a press conference last week. The investigation, he added, “is one of the highest priorities of this department at this time.”Two days prior to the press conference, the same suspect robbed a Shell gas station in Jericho on Feb. 8.Police have yet to say if anything was taken during the homicide in Jericho.Aside from cash, the assailant has also robbed several businesses for cigarettes. All but two of armed robberies believed to be linked occurred at gas stations. The suspect twice robbed a Hicksville 7-Eleven store in the span of five days.The string of crimes has sparked a massive manhunt. Krumpter said last week that both the robbery and homicide squads, plus the Major Case Bureau and Bureau of Special Operations are investigating the incidents.last_img read more

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Everything the Cast Has Said About HBO Max Special

first_imgThe reunion will include all six cast members, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc, as well as Kauffman, 63, and cocreator David Krane. This will be the first time the entire cast is back together on screen since the show wrapped. The special is still set to film on Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank, the same stage the sitcom was filmed for 10 years.“Guess you could call this ‘The One Where They Get Back Together,’” HBO Max’s chief content officer Kevin Reilly said in a statement in February. “I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation.”The show, which consisted of 236 episodes between its 1994 premiere and 2004 finale, has become one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The comedy was nominated for 62 Primetime Emmy Awards (four wins), 10 Golden Globe Awards (one win), 14 Screen Actors Guild Awards (two wins) and 11 People’s Choice Awards (11 wins).- Advertisement – They were on a break — but it will soon be over. The highly anticipated Friends reunion special, which was originally set to be released in May when HBO Max debuted, has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the cast seems to be just as excited about stepping onto the stage together as the fans are.“We are hoping to be able to shoot in August if all is well and there is no early second wave and the studio is open,” cocreator Marta Kauffman told The Wrap in June. However, in August, the streamer delayed the production again, pushing filming back to the fall at the earliest.- Advertisement – Although many details about the special have yet to be announced, the cast has spoken out about it many times since the news broke. Scroll through the gallery below to see everything they’ve said about the upcoming special.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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What you can buy for Brisbane’s median home price right now

first_imgThis three-bedroom house at 3 Seabrook St, Kedron, is for sale.BEST MEDIAN UNIT PRICE BUY IN BRISBANE’S NORTH 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 car$395,000 28 Orana Street, Carina This two-bedroom unit at 705/15 Playfield St, Chermside, is for sale.BEST MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE BUY IN BRISBANE’S SOUTH 3 Seabrook Street, Kedron This two-bedroom cottage at 28 Orana St, Carina, is for sale.BEST MEDIAN UNIT PRICE BUY IN BRISBANE’S SOUTH This two-bedroom unit at 705/15 Playfield St, Chermside, is for sale for close to Brisbane’s median unit price.“There are options to improve these abodes with a little renovation work too, so that’san attractive equity-add for those handy with a hammer.”When it comes to units, the valuer suggests looking for resales of modernapartments with two bedrooms and two bathrooms — especially investors hoping to jag good tenants. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroomOffers over $500,000 This three-bedroom house at 3 Seabrook St, Kedron, is for sale for close to Brisbane’s median house price.North of the river, the report recommends checking out houses in Chermside, Nundah, Kedron and Stafford Heights, where original-condition, post-war homes through to 1980s-era dwellings are available for around the median house price.“This is a pretty handy investment and owner-occupier zone, as there’s terrific potentialif you can be positioned close to transport options and essential services,” the report said.center_img This unit at 18/51 Daniells St, Carina, is for sale for close to Brisbane’s median unit price.On the south side of town, Holland Park, Annerley, Carina and Carina Heights have the best buys in Brisbane’s median price range.“You will need to find a little more cash to open up your options — a touch north of $550,000 would be handy — but the established market is open to you,” the report said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThis two-bedroom cottage at 28 Orana St, Carina, is for sale for close to Brisbane’s median house price.BEST MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE BUY IN BRISBANE’S NORTH 705/15 Playfield St, Chermside 18/51 Daniells St, Carina 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1 car$499,000 Herron Todd White has revealed what you can get for Brisbane’s median home price. Image: AAP/Darren England.AFFORDABILITY and choice are the reasons Brisbane’s housing market offers some of the best opportunities for investment in the country right now, according to a leading property valuer.Herron Todd White has released a national study on what each capital city’s median home price will buy and investors are spoiled for choice in the Queensland capital, with an average price for houses of $550,000 and $380,000 for units.Those looking to sell their high-priced Sydney units and spend a portion of the profits in Brisbane would be wise to look in the city’s middle ring suburbs, according to HTW. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 car Offers over $365,000 A unit in this complex at 51 Daniells St, Carina, is for sale.last_img read more

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UWI to launch Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas

first_imgEducationNewsRegionalTertiary UWI to launch Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas by: – June 21, 2012 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of the West Indies (UWI) will unveil the Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas on Monday. The Atlas, which arose from the need for reliable data to enhance decision-making to reduce the serious economic and social impacts caused by natural hazards in the region, is being branded as a paradigm shift in the development of comprehensive risk management strategies in the Caribbean. According to vice chancellor, Professor Nigel Harris, UWI is very honoured to be at the forefront of this initiative. “The UWI has once again raised the bar for Caribbean integration. Under the management of the Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD) and the technical expertise of the Seismic Research Centre in St Augustine, and the Mona GeoInformatix Institute, the Caribbean can now benefit from cutting edge technology, providing up-to-date and verified data available for the analysis and management of natural hazards in the region,” commented Harris.“As the UWI continues to connect the Caribbean, this analytical tool is proof of the structured manner in which the UWI is positioning itself as a premier applied learning institution to be the repository of knowledge to inform policy and planning for growth and development, locally and internationally,” Harris concluded.This Atlas, the major output of the disaster vulnerability and risk assessment mapping for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, is funded by the World Bank to the amount of US$510,000 through its Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.“Additionally, the regional risk atlas contains spatial data on risk from floods and earthquakes for three Caribbean countries namely: Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada. Another significant feature of the Atlas, is that it will be available free of cost to most users,” said Dr David Smith, co-ordinator of the ISD and principal investigator for the Caribbean Disaster Risk Atlas Project.Scores of persons from across the Caribbean from the highest levels of the University, risk managers, GIS specialists and planners as well as government officials and the diplomatic community will witness the demonstration of the Atlas publicly for the first time.The launch of the disaster atlas precedes training on June 27 and 28 in Ocho Rios for experts in the sector. A symposium culminates these activities and will include the presentation of technical papers arising from the two-year investigations that occurred in Jamaica, Grenada and Barbados. Caribbean News Now Share Share 13 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

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P.7-M ‘Dinagyang shabu’ seized

The shabu was intended for disposalthis Dinagyang Festival, according to Police Lieutenant Jersey Besas, chief ofthe Police Regional Office 6’s Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (RDEU) thatbusted suspects Isagani Basbaño, 47, of Barangay San Lucas, Barotac Viejo,Iloilo and Sheila Mae Alvarez, 33, of Barangay Boulevard, Molo, Iloilo City. Besas said it took his men over a weekof planning to get the suspects to agree to a drug transaction – sell P35,000worth of shabu. ILOILO City – Methamphetaminehydrochloride (shabu) worth P765,000 was seized from two drug suspects in Purok5, Barangay San Vicente, Leganes, Iloilo yesterday. “Imagine kung hindi natin sila nakuha andhindi na-recover ang shabu na para talaga sa Dinagyang, marami pa ang mabibiktima,” said Besas. He believed the confiscated shabu wasfrom the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila. Basbaño and Alvarez were taken to theLeganes police station after their arrest. For drug traffickers, the DinagyangFestival is a lucrative event. A few days before last year’s festival, nearly amillion pesos worth of shabu was seized from a couple from Cebu. The Dinagyang Festival highlight is onSunday, Jan. 26 – the crowd-drawing atitribes competition. But a lot of events are scheduled in the days leading tothe highlight and these also attract huge crowds that may include drug users. “It was difficult. They onlyentertained persons known to them. But our asset eventually managed to gettheir confidence,” said Besas. Leganes is 10 kilometers north ofIloilo City. The buy-bust was carried out at around12:10 a.m. at a construction site in Purok 5, Barangay San Vicente, Leganes. The man and woman were caught inBarangay Rizal Estanzuela, City Proper. They entered Iloilo via a roll on, rolloff ship from Cebu. According to the RDEU, the confiscatedshabu was intended for the Dinagyang, citing text messages found in thesuspects’ mobile phones./PN read more

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Pastor accused of trying to setup a threesome with underage girls

first_imgOfficials are currently investigating a Kentucky pastor who reportedly attempted to setup a threesome with two under-aged girls who worked at his local pizza shop.26-year-old Bobby J. Blackburn was arrested last week after one of the girls showed authorities the text messages sent by him.According to the report, Blackburn who is the pastor at Elevate Church in Prestonsburg, Kentucky had contact with the girls through his pizza shop, Giovanni’s Pizza Place. Authorities reported that both girls worked at the shop.It was also stated that Blackburn threatened to fire another teen if she did not take blame for sending the text messages.Blakburn has since been charged with using an electronic communication system to get a minor to commit a sex act.last_img read more

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