Yamashita treasure buried in Igbaras village?

first_imgILOILO – An ongoing excavation at aprivate lot in Barangay Pasong, Igbaras town has alarmed residents. “Kontuod nga may ara, kontani damo nga mal-am ang mahambal sina,” he said. Part of the letter read: “This is inresponse to the complaint received by my office regarding the alleged treasurehunting in Barangay Pasong, Igbaras, Iloilo. We have exhausted all possiblemeans to settle the issue by calling for a dialogue with the permitee, NolyLaquihon Bayogos with permit No. CPD-THP-2019-20 dated June 01, 2019 issued bythe National Museum and signed by Angel P. Bautista, acting assistant director,chief, CPRD. However, upon discussion, the permitee refused to suspend theiractivity despite the petition of the barangay officials and residents. Thelocation is said to be at very high risk of landslide and soil erosion as perassessment of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.” Behind an enclosure surrounding thelot, men are reportedly digging for treasures. Led by Igbaras’ Mayor Jaime Esmeralda,barangay officials of Pasong sought the help of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.yesterday. Some residents say the diggers arelooking for the buried gold treasures of World War 2 Japanese general TomoyukiYamashita. Yamashita was assigned to defend theJapan-colonized Philippines from the advancing Allied forces in the waningyears of World War 2. He failed to stop the Allied advance, and Japanultimately surrendered in August 1945. Before his Philippine assignment,Yamashita and his men were said to have plundered other Southeast Asiancountries that Japan attacked and/or invaded during the war and buried the lootin the Philippines. For his part, Barangay CaptainCornelio Elumba of Pasong dismissed speculations there could be Yamashitatreasures buried in his village. According to the mayor, around 10diggers have so far covered 1,000 square meters.center_img But what worries residents are thepossible adverse effects of the excavation on their village such as landslide,soil erosion and the earth caving in. As far as the municipal government ofIgbaras and barangay council of Pasong were concerned, said Esmeralda, they havenot issued any permit for treasure hunting, ground excavation or mining in thevillage. “I learned that the excavation hasbeen going on for about one and half years already beginning in 2018 before Iwas elected mayor. Residents fear this could result to soil erosion. Ninenearby households are very concerned,” said Esmeralda. According to Esmeralda, he had also writtenNational Museum of the Philippines’s head Jeremy Barns seeking informationabout the so-called permit issued to Bayogos. According to Esmeralda, the municipalpolice was also tasked to investigate but the cops were turned away and toldthat only President Rodrigo Duterte could stop the excavation. Defensor vowed to help verify theIgbaras digging at the National Museum of the Philippines. From what he had gathered, saidEsmeralda, a certain Noly Laquihon Bayogos claimed to have secured a “TreasureHunting and Disposition of Recovered Treasures Permit” from the National Museumof the Philippines purportedly signed by Angel Bautista, acting assistantdirector, chief, Cultural Properties Regulation Division of the museum. Themayor wanted this verified. He also alerted the Provincial LegalOffice and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources./PNlast_img read more

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Clifford O. Niese

first_imgClifford O. Niese, age 73 of Batesville, died Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at the St. Andrews Health Campus.  Born February 27, 1945 in Batesville, he is the son of Pauline (Nee: Koetter) and Louis Niese.  He married Elizabeth White June 26, 1971 at St. Joseph’s Church in Florence, Alabama.  Cliff worked at the Hill-Rom Company 39 years before retiring in 2009 and was a member of St. Louis Church and the Knights of St. John Commandry #243.Family was important to Cliff.  He always loved having his family around and enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends.  He liked old tractors, antiques, swimming and fishing.  According to his family, he was a fan of Colts, Reds, I.U. basketball and had a weakness for black licorice.  Having lost his eyesight, the one thing he didn’t like was being told “no”.Cliff is survived by his wife Elizabeth; daughter Deborah Garbarini; sons Kevin and Keith Niese, all of Batesville; his mother Pauline of Batesville; sisters Pat Schrank of Oldenburg, Viola Billman of Sunman, Lucille Honnert of St. Mary’s; brothers Virgil and Dale Niese, both of Batesville, Jim Niese of St. Peter’s and seven grandchildren.  In addition to his father, he is also preceded in death by his sister Ann Montag.Visitation is Monday, November 26th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 27th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to the Indiana School for the Blind or the St. Louis Cemetery Fund.last_img read more

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Benteke to have op in Belgium

first_img “I’ve been told the surgeon is really highly regarded, so as long as the job is done right and everything goes swimmingly then he will be okay.” Ahead of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Crystal Palace, Lambert will at least have three other key players available who sat out the 2-1 loss at home to Fulham last weekend. Striker Gabby Agbonlahor and midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi should all go straight back into the starting line-up for the game at Selhurst Park. Lambert said: “They all trained this week and they’re all fine.” Benteke ruptured his Achilles tendon in training last Thursday, and has returned to his home in Belgium for the operation. Manager Paul Lambert said: “Our doctor (Roddy Macdonald) is over in Belgium and he has spoken with the surgeon, and it’s pretty imminent he will get it done – today, tonight or tomorrow. Press Association Crocked Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is poised to go under the knife ahead of the weekend. “Then after that it’s all about the rehabilitation with him. When it’s a long-term injury you have good days, bad days, like everyone else when they are out injured for a long time, but he’ll be fine.” With Benteke out of the World Cup, and unlikely to return to match action until October at the earliest, the short-term shock will affect him. Lambert believes, however, knowing the player as he does he will be eager to return as quickly as possible, not just for club, but also for country and qualification for the next European Championship. “It’s probably just sinking in now he is going to miss the World Cup, which is a major blow for him,” added Lambert. “But he is in a generation of Belgian players who will qualify for a few more tournaments down the line. “He is still a young guy in that group, and he will come back totally strong, given the way he is as a guy and his physical aspect. “Of course, everybody is different as to how they want to progress, and how quick their body heals. “But looking at Christian and the way he is as a pro he will knuckle down and work really hard to get back. last_img read more

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Gov’t pledges support for future Olympians

first_imgTHE government of Guyana will utilise its partnership reaches and the full ability of its resources to assist in the preparation of future Olympians, starting with those for the 2020 summer games in Tokyo, Japan.During an appreciation ceremony last evening for the six athletes who represented Guyana at the recently concluded Rio Olympics junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry confirmed that the Government is looking at providing more exposure for the younger athletes.In this regard, the state is committed to more partnerships with the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) and the private sector, saying, “We know that Guyanese can become world class athletes if they are given the necessary exposure and training.”“I wish to let you know that through the government of Guyana, the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport is prepared and we are going to commit to providing you (athletes) in partnership, of course, with the necessary resources for the continued preparation and training in your particular discipline,” she continued.The minister said, “We intend to support you to participate and compete in international meets wherever they exist and that will help you to master your skills. We recognise that in order for you to reach your full potential, you must be exposed to the kind of competition that will bring out the best.”She outlined some of the issues plaguing local athletes – infrastructure, equipment, coaches as well, but confirmed that the government is working to correct these deficiencies, the most recent of which was a meeting with the GOA boss K. Juman-Yassin to find possible solutions.In brief remarks, GOA president Yassin contended while Guyana did not medal at the event, one must take into consideration that those athletes who stood atop the podium are full-time athletes who dedicate their lives to mastering their niche area.“When we look at the medal table of the countries that won medals, whether it’s gold, silver or bronze, 78 countries of 207 won medals. Out of the 78 countries, several won various medals. If somebody were to calculate the amount of medals various countries won to the number of athletes, you would see it’s much lower.”Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alfred King, commented, “It would suggest to us (Government) that there is hope if we adopt and create the right environment and resources, the right programmes. We might be able to see better returns than just participation. But as a country, we are proud of our involvement, we are proud to have been recognised internationally.”Of the six competitors, Hannibal Gaskin (swimming) and Winston George (athletics) were on hand to collect instruments of appreciation from the ministry, with representatives collecting on behalf of Troy Doris (triple jump), Brenessa Thompson (athletics), Aaliyah Abrams (athletics) and Jamila Sanmoogan (swimming).last_img read more

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Arsenal to Continue Paying Staff, Casual Workers

first_imgArsenal will not use the government’s furlough scheme and will continue paying employees and casual workers their full salaries until the end of May, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.The top-flight season has been suspended until at least April 30 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the north London club had initially committed to paying employees’ salaries until the end of this month.“All our employees are receiving their full salaries and we plan to continue this. We are not currently intending to use the government’s furlough scheme,” Arsenal said in a statement on its website. “In addition to our employees, we are extending our commitment to pay casual workers on our payroll from the end of April to the end of May.“For our matchday casual workers this means they will be paid for all four Premier League games that have been postponed and will be paid again should they work at these games once re-arranged.”A few Premier League clubs had initially opted to use the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to temporarily help pay staff during the stoppage.However, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Bournemouth reversed their decisions amid a backlash from the fans.Arsenal said they were in talks with their players regarding “potential financial challenges” in future but had not reached an agreement with them yet on how to move forward.Last week, West Ham United and Southampton announced wage deferrals for their players to cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala previews matchup with No. 1 Syracuse

first_imgWhether it’s the wings helping at the faceoff circle, defenders sliding to help teammates or the offense swinging passes, head coach Dave Pietramala said his Johns Hopkins squad will have to have to play as a team to beat Syracuse on Saturday.No. 16 JHU (3-3) will be looking for improvement on its mixed bag of close losses and wins when the Blue Jays play No. 1 Syracuse (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday at 2 p.m.Last season, JHU attack Ryan Brown scored eight goals, an effort that fell short in the Blue Jays’ 12-10 home loss to the Orange. Pietramala hopes for a more balanced attack this season.“You can’t count on eight goals from anybody,” Pietramala said of Brown’s performance last year. “… I think, for us, we have to play offense with six guys. We can’t allow them to just focus on Ryan Brown and that be enough to stifle us offensively.”Brown, who leads JHU with 26 points, is in better shape and has learned to fit into the Blue Jays offensive scheme, which was completely new last season, Pietramala said. This year, Pietramala said the junior has become less one-dimensional, learning to let his teammates play off of his success.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Blue Jays’ leading scorer will have help from brothers and fellow attacks Wells and Shack Stanwick. Wells, a senior, and Shack, a freshman, won Big Ten offensive player of the week and Big Ten freshman of the week, respectively, last week.While Shack has amassed 17 points this season, Pietramala said he still has made “freshman” mistakes and has to keep developing his strength and training. JHU’s offense will have to pull the Orange’s defenders out of position with quick passing, but Pietramala said the Orange looked reluctant to slide on film.Defensively, Pietramala said his team will have its hands full with the Syracuse attack trio of Kevin Rice, Randy Staats and Dylan Donahue. The Blue Jays’ defenders can’t be left on an island against any of them, Pietramala said. But if JHU defenders slide to help a teammate, they may leave one of SU’s attacks open. So Pietramala said it’s all about making the right decision when to help out teammates.Said Pietramala: “You can’t just go out and think we’re going to cover Rice, and I’ve got my man and you’ve got your man and we’re going to play six guys against six guys and just play individual defense.” Comments Published on March 13, 2015 at 11:28 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Matteo Morelli adapts, succeeds with water polo

first_imgAt first glance, junior driver Matteo Morelli is not the most imposing figure. For water polo players, he stands at a modest 6-foot-1 and weighs 170 pounds. He does not possess the height of a Grant Stein or the bulk of a Blake Edwards. Yet, what he lacks in stature, Morelli makes up for in pure skill and determination. Over a stretch of three games from Oct. 27 to Nov. 6, he was the Trojans’ most valuable player, netting a dizzying 10 goals, including four goals and two assists against No. 2 Cal. Third in scoring on the team and eighth in the MPSF with 36 (just one behind Edwards and Stein), Morelli will be key in the long road of postseason games to come. When Morelli first arrived at USC by way of Naples, Italy, he was understandably apprehensive. “It was kind of scary at the beginning,” Morelli said. “It was completely different. The culture, the food … it was my first experience far from home without my family.” He found solace in the pool, his home since his family influenced him to start playing water polo 11 years ago. “I started because my dad played water polo,” Morelli said. “My family is a water polo family. From my father’s side to my mother’s side. They trained me in the water.” Now three seasons and 109 goals into his collegiate career, Morelli has not only adapted to the American culture but has also become a star player for the Men of Troy. After performing so excellently in last month’s 10-6 win over Cal, many are starting to take notice. He subsequently captured his first career MPSF Player of the Week award.“It was a great honor,” Morelli said. “I think I deserved it this time. A couple of other guys from the team have gotten it this season. I think we have the most MPSF Players of the Week this year.” One noticeable aspect about Morelli is that he would much rather reference his teammates than himself. For example, when asked about scoring his 100th career goal, he talks instead about how he prefers to set others up for scoring opportunities. This tendency is indicative of a larger culture that emphasizes team play over individualism. In fact, the Men of Troy’s camaraderie is so strong that when Morelli responded “probably” to having better chemistry in the pool with Lachlan Edwards than Lachlan has with his own brother Blake — who is also on the team — he was only half kidding. Many would be intimidated entering last weekend’s matchup against the undefeated No. 1 UCLA — the large crowd, the intense rivalry, the national implications, the Pac-12 Network cameras surrounding the pool deck. However, Morelli seemed to welcome the challenge that awaited. “I like the pressure a lot,” Morelli said. “I like the televised games too and also because my family in Italy can watch me play. I feel like I play better when they watch me play.”Beyond USC, Morelli is uncertain about his future. He may return to Italy and attempt to qualify for the National Team (he has already made appearances for the Youth National Team), or he may stay in the United States and pursue a career in his major of business administration. For now though, Matteo is fully focused on the goal at hand: competing in both the MPSF and NCAA tournaments. “Overall, we’re doing great,” said Morelli about his team’s recent string of success. “We still need to improve obviously but we are on a good streak right now and hopefully we are not going to lose any more games.”last_img read more

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NBA news: LeBron James surpasses Kobe Bryant on All-time steals list

first_img WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US ⚡️ “LeBron, Dwight Take Over for Lakers’ Fourth Straight Win”https://t.co/4T92lvJl1s— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 4, 2019 LeBron James recently surpassed the Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on NBA’s all-time steals list. On Monday, November 4, James led Lakers to a 103-96 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. After helping the Lakers build a 56-43 halftime advantage, James added one steal to his 111 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. He now has 1945 steals, which is the 15th most in NBA history.  First Published: 5th November, 2019 11:27 IST 10 months ago NBA slaps life ban on fan for assaulting Pelicans’ assistant coach 10 months ago NBA: Luka Doncic makes history by recording back-to-back triple-double Also read | NBA slaps life ban on fan for assaulting Pelicans’ assistant coachAlso read | NBA: Snoop Dogg commentates in style for Lakers vs Spurs game 10 months ago NBA: Five of the hottest sneakers for the NBA season 2019-20 Devika Pawar 10 months ago NBA: Ingles and wife Renae offer to fly autistic man to a Jazz game WE RECOMMENDcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 5th November, 2019 11:27 IST NBA News: LeBron James Surpasses Kobe Bryant On All-time Steals List LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant on the NBA’s all-time steals list. James is now ranked 15th with a total number of 1945 steals. Here is the full report. Also read | LeBron James sends taco truck to first respondents fighting Getty FireNBA: LeBron James now ranks 15th on the all-time steals listDerek Harper and Allen Iverson are ranked above King James at No 14 and No 15 respectively on the list of career steals. James is 12 steals behind Harper, who has 1957 steals, and 38 steals behind Iverson, who has 1983. James can surpass both players before the All-Star break. James will then be facing Mookie Blaylock, who has 2075 steals and Karl Malone, who has 2085 steals. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul, who has 2,131 steals in his NBA career, is the only active player who ranks above James. John Stockton tops the list with 3265 total steals. COMMENT Also read | NBA: Ingles and wife Renae offer to fly autistic man to a Jazz gameJames has averaged at 121 steals per season ever since he began his NBA career. If James maintains his average number of 121 steals, he would finish the NBA 2019-20 season with a total of 2058 steals. He would then be ranked 13th, below Blaylock. If he continues with his average, James will be on the top 10 list by the time NBA 2020-21 comes to an end. His annual average would give him an approximate total of 2179 steals. With that number, James would rank above Hakeem Olajuwon, who has 2162 steals, on the all-time steals list, and below Clyde Drexler, who has 2207 steals.  LIVE TV * @KingJames (1,945) passed @kobebryant (1,944) on the career steals list tonight. He now ranks 15th in NBA history. Derek Harper and Allen Iverson are up next.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 4, 2019 Written By Congrats to @KingJames of the @Lakers for moving up to 15th on the all-time steals list! #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/WGfxtwN7Iy— NBA (@NBA) November 4, 2019 10 months ago NBA: Snoop Dogg commentates in style for Lakers vs Spurs gamelast_img read more

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Pope Rihanna reigns supreme at the Met Gala

first_imgThere is no stopping Bajan star Rihanna. The singer made global headlines and was trending on Twitter, for her singer, pope-themed look at fashion’s most important night, the 2018 Met Gala. The actress, fashion designer and beauty mogul, was an honorary co-chair for the event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, alongside Donatella Versace and Amal Clooney. Rihanna wore an astoundingly intricate, embellished mini dress outfit custom-made by creative director John Galliano from Maison Margiela to this year’s: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” themed event.The outfit also included a sculptural jacket and a skirt worn over a bustier dress and a custom-made hat that many fans called the Pope hat. “In total, the outfit took 250 hours to sew and 500 hours to hand embroider by Maison Margiela’s Paris Atelier,” the creator said on Instagram.“It feels expensive. It’s heavy,” Rihanna told Vogue of her look. “They beaded this by hand and it would be a sin not to wear it.”last_img read more

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