DILG: 23 brgy execs face raps over SAP anomaly

first_imgMost of the anomalies, according to Año, were committed by village chiefs, councilors, treasurers, secretaries, employees, purok leaders, and even social workers.“Puspusan na rin ang imbestigasyon at case buildup para masigurong makakalaboso ang mga walanghiyang tao na ito na nakuha pang manggantso sa mga mahihirap nating kababayan,” he said. Año recently transferred the investigation of graft and corrupt practices against barangay officials from the DILG field offices to the PNP-CIDG to expedite the investigation and the filing of criminal charges./PN MANILA – Twenty-three barangay officials are facing criminal over the alleged irregularities in the cash aid distribution under the social amelioration program (SAP).Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has already filed the charges against these barangay officials before the Prosecutor’s Office of the Department of Justice.He said 12 complaints for alleged violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and RA 11469 of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act have been lodged against these local officials. Four more will be filed in the coming days.“Sunud-sunod na ang pagsampa ng kaso ng PNP-CIDG laban sa mga tiwaling opisyal ng barangay at sa kanilang mga kasabwat sa mga anomalya sa pagbibigay ng SAP,” Año said.last_img read more

Reunited after injuries, Clippers’ Blake Griffin, Chris Paul still adjusting

first_img“Just because they’re playing doesn’t mean you’re back yet.”Griffin returned to the Clippers lineup in January after knee surgery knocked him out for 18 games while Paul recently recovered from a torn thumb ligament that cost him 14 appearances.Could those two, partners in crime for so long, really require an adjustment period to one another?“For (Griffin) it’s tough to come back,” Rivers said, “and Chris is hurt, so you’re trying to get your offense going. Now that Chris is back and Chris is trying to get his offensive rhythm going, I think Blake is doing both (trying to facilitate and score).”Rivers and his players stressed that they would not use the injuries or the time needed for these players to adjust back to one another as an excuse for their slide in the West. “I don’t know how true it is,” Griffin said. “I mean, yeah, we haven’t played with our regular lineup. The majority of that lineup, we’ve been together a long time.”Griffin scored 17 points against the Rockets and Paul had 16 points and 11 assists.While things are far from dire — the Clippers are fifth in the West — the last week proved how much of a gap exists between them and the top three teams in the conference. Golden State, San Antonio and Houston took turns beating L.A. up since the trade deadline.“You figure it out,” Paul said. “We don’t have much practice time. We’ve got games. Regardless, when you step on the court you (try to) win the game. Figure it out and win at the same time.”The common thread in the Clippers worst losses has been the complete abandonment of their offensive principles. The ball stops moving from side to side, players stop moving away from the ball. Isolation and desperation is no recipe for success.“We’ve got to do better,” Rivers said. “We are better. And I’m going to keep saying that. We have to be a better team; we are a better team.”When the Clippers took a 37-34 lead in the first quarter against Houston, Rivers kept waiting for Houston to lose its poise. To see it revert to the bad habits that have cost the Clippers so many times this season, and especially in the past week.It never happened.“They stuck with their stuff,” Rivers said. “Right when they made a run on us and took the lead after we had the early lead, I thought we abandoned our stuff.“They just stuck with their movement and kept doing it. That’s who we thought we were. And that’s who they are.” LOS ANGELES >> Blake Griffin has run the pick and roll with Chris Paul for going on six seasons. DeAndre Jordan has been leaping over defenses since Lob City. Those three, plus J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers, have been together since the cursive logo days.That history has made Doc Rivers’ best explanation for the Clippers’ 1-3 record following the All-Star break somewhat surprising.In essence, he has it that these guys still have to get comfortable with each other. The reason? All the themes missed playing together because of injuries.“I still don’t overlook, without making excuses, that we’re still getting right,” Rivers said after Wednesday’s 122-103 loss to Houston. “We got our two guys back and it’s going to take a little bit of time.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Photographer Captures Iconic Image

first_imgIt was much more than another assignment for photographer Gary Gellman.Gellman was in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, on hand to photograph Pope Francis, capturing what posterity may eventually consider among the iconic images of the visit as well as allow him to get in touch with his spiritual side.“As a Catholic,” Gellman said, “being able to photograph the successor to St. Peter was really neat and a great honor.” Gellman, a Howell-based still photographer and videographer, was provided access to the tarmac for the plane’s arrival in Philadelphia, and captured the image of Francis blessing the 10-year-old disabled boy in his wheelchair. That photograph has already been widely distributed and seen.“It was very emotional,” Gellman offered.“And to me as a Catholic to be that close to the leader of the our church and to know I was selected and blessed to be selected to be there, the signature event,” he explained, “it was a wonderful experience.”Gellman has in the past photographed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has taken portrait photos of Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell and knows Archbishop Charles Chaput, with Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who helped Gellman along the lengthy process of obtaining security clearance for the assignment. That process took the better part of 10 months, beginning last November, to secure security clearance to be a photographer for the World Meeting of Families event, according to Gellman.
“I like to say it was a 10 month process and a 27-year training period,” he said, referring to his time as a professional in his field.On the airport tarmac as the jet arrived and the pope and passengers disembarked, “It was something quite unique to be blessed to be so close,” with only about 200 people there and only a couple of photographers – “probably the smallest group surrounding the pope during his visit.”At the time “I was in work mode,” concentrating on the assignment. “Until that one point,” with Pope Francis “coming down those steps, I realized where I was, what I was doing,” and it having a profound effect on him, he acknowledged.Over the years, Gellman has photographed many, including such celebs as Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and many others, especially in his role as photographer for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “I’ve met a lot of cool people, many are special in their own right.“But this,” assignment, he stressed, “was one of a kind, really special.” By John Burtonlast_img read more

Who to Watch; Opening Day, September 26

first_imgBlog by Zoe MetzAll the anticipation can mean only one thing.  The Autumn Meet is upon us…We kick off the meet on September 26th the best way we know how; FIVE Grade I “Win and You’re In” races with a berth to the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships up for grabs.The Races2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner, Bayern (photo by Zoe Metz)The Awesome Again is one of the final chances (as well as a prep race for the boys, 3 years old & up) to earn a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Some familiar names have won this race such as Game On Dude and Shared Belief. Horses among this year’s running include Bayern, Global View, Hard Aces, Hoppertunity, Imperative, Point Piper, Sammy Mandeville and Smooth Roller.The Zenyatta Stakes, named after the one and only Zenyatta, is a race for the older fillies and mares to reserve their spot in the Ladies’ Distaff. The last two Zenyatta Stakes have been swept by two time Eclipse Champion, Beholder. Other notables for the race include 2015 Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, My Sweet Addition and Warren’s Veneda (all Grade I winners over the Santa Anita surface).The FrontRunner Stakes gives a chance to see the young up-and-coming two-year-old boys. You never know where the winner of this race could end up. For example, American Pharoah; he proved he could win in the Del Mar Futurity, showed his professionalism in the FrontRunner, and proved his greatness capturing the Triple Crown. Trainers Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas are tied with 9 winners in the Chandelier StakesThe Chandelier Stakes is a glimpse of the young fillies trying to make their journey on to the first Friday in May. Numerous fillies have used this race to pave their way into running strong races in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, amidst those fillies are Halfbridled, Stardom Bound, Serena’s Song and Blindluck. Fun Fact: D. Wayne Lucas and Bob Baffert are tied for most wins in the Chandelier Stakes, both have had 9 winners.The Rodeo Drive Stakes has been won by fillies and mares that have made their name in the racing world on the grass. In 1998 a mare of the name of Fiji (GB) won this race, later on became Eclipse Award Champion Grass Mare. Other notable past winners include Tranquility Lake, Wait a While (only mare to win the race twice), and Nashoba’s Key. Fun Fact: Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel won this race 3 consecutive years in a row (2003-2005) with Tates Creek, Light Jig (GB) and Megahertz (GB).Ones to WatchHoppertunity during morning workouts (photo by Zoe Metz)This could be his opportunity to steal the show, or rather a Hoppertunity. Hoppertunity has been up against some of the toughest competitors the west coast has seen like Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, the small but mighty Shared Belief and in his most recent start, the best mare around, Beholder. You couldn’t ask for a horse with more consistency than Hoppertunity, he has never been worse than 5th (his debut) in his 13 career starts. Can he punch his golden ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Classic with a win in the Awesome Again stakes?Beholder will make an attempt to capture her third consecutive Zenyatta Stakes. She is the mare that can do just about anything, proving just what kind of horse she is by beating the boys with flying colors in the Pacific Classic. She is hands down one of the best mares the world has seen winning 14 of 19 starts. Beholder has not only captured everyone’s attention but she has captured everyone’s hearts with her love and ability to run.Beholder working under Hall of Fame jockey, Gary Stevens (photo by Zoe Metz)Nyquist remains undefeated after three starts, including his graded wins in the Best Pal Stakes and Del Mar Futurity. He has continued the success of Mario Gutierrez and Reddam Racing, LLC over the summer, can he keep the streak alive? Mario and Reddam Racing teamed up for  a victory in the FrontRunner Stakes back in 2013.Songbird proved she is all business in the Del Mar Debutante. She is trained and ridden by Hall of Famers that believe she is something special. She too is also unbeaten and will try to keep her good fortune for owners Fox Hill Farm, Inc.Sharla Rae during morning workouts (photo by Zoe Metz)Sharla Rae is taking on older fillies and mares for the first time to secure her spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She is fresh off an impressive win in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks. Sharla Rae is very familiar with running in stakes company and just continues to improve. Can she make the grade against older females?Opening day is this Saturday, don’t forget first post is at 12:30pm!last_img read more