BACOLOD City –Suspected shabu valued at around P315,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 8. Nabaja wascaught after he allegedly sold a sachet of shabu to an undercover cop for P300on Jan. 7. The 29-year-oldVares Nabaja of Barangay Vista Alegre yielded the suspected illegal drugs, apolice report showed. The suspect wasdetained in the lock facility of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana House of Representatives approved unanimously House Bill 1324, co-authored by State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg).If approved the bill would ensure that state employees who are members of the Indiana National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States are entitled to a leave of absence without any time lost while on active duty.The proposal would allow for compensation in the amount that is equal to the difference between the member’s active duty military pay and the salary the member would have received if they were not called to active duty.House Bill 1324 now goes to the Senate for further consideration.
OBERLIN, Kan. – Oberlin Speedway opens again this season, under the guidance of a guy who knows a thing or two about getting around a race track.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run on 10 Friday nights beginning with the April 17 Scott Dolan Memorial.Shows at the 3/8-mile clay oval will be promoted by David Murray Jr., with race night assistance from Rick Salem.“Except for some specials, this track has been idle for five or six years. We decided this would be a good time to get it going again,” explained Murray, IMCA’s career wins leader, a four-time national champion and three-time Modified champion at his hometown venue. “I’m excited about this race track. We’ve coordinated our schedule with Thomas County Speedway (in Colby, Kan.) and gotten a lot of sponsors on board to give drawing prizes to drivers.”“The grandstand is in good shape. We haven’t had to go too far out of the way to get the racing surface ready, although a little rain would help right now,” he added. “They hosted a couple vintage car races here two years ago and Dave Bose is returning to do the track prep.”IMCA last sanctioned weekly Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock programs at Oberlin in 2008. Northern SportMods debut there this spring.“These are the divisions with the highest car counts in the area. The drivers are familiar with IMCA rules and procedures and they want to race for IMCA points,” noted Murray, who will race part-time at other tracks and special events in 2015.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing track points will also be given for April 24, May 8 and 29, June 12, July 3, 17 and 24, and Aug. 21 and 28 shows.Oberlin is part of IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region for Modifieds, the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars and the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks.
… Williams closes off with yet another recordDANIEL Williams gained another record in the Boys’ Under-18 400m, as he closed off a sprint treble, helping Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10) to successfully defend National Schools Cycling and Track & Field ChampionshipsDistrict 10 Deshanna Skeete comes in for the win in the girls’ under 16400m finals (Delano Williams photo)The event which concluded last evening at the National Track and Field Centre also saw an Under-16 sprint treble from Deshanna Skeete.With an impressive lineup of outstanding athletes in the track and field competition, the District’s win was imminent, so it was just a matter of formality when the Lindeners were officially declared winners.This marks the third consecutive and 16th overall title for the District, leaving them to continue as the most successful District in the history of the Championships.Of the 15 competing teams, District 10 once again proved that they had the best rounded team of the lot, and in the end amassed 67 points to outclass the competition.The ever-improving South Georgetown (District 13) saw their team advance to second place after finishing with 59 points, beating out last year’s second-place winners, North Georgetown (District 11) by just one point.Cycling action on the West Coast of Demerara in the Nationals’ SchoolsAthletics, Cycling and Swimming Championships (Adrian Narine Photo)The 56 points that West Demerara (District 3) put together was enough to see the team remain in fourth, while East Georgetown (District 12) and Bartica (District 7) shared fifth place with 44 points apiece.As the six-day-long competition came to a close, all eyes were on World Youth Championships silver medallist Daniel Williams in his pet event – the 400m and he did not disappoint.Clocking 49.84 seconds in the quarter-mile, Williams erased yet another Jason Yaw record, leaving him with the legacy of having broken a record in each of his individual events at the Championships.Earlier in the week he set the Boys’ 100m record at 10.65 seconds and the 200m record at 21.78 seconds.District 10 closes off the sprint treble as he wins the boys’ under 18 400m in record breaking time (Delano Williams photo)Skeete also got in on the record-breaking action with a new record in the Girls Under-16 200m with a time of 24.97 seconds. For yesterday’s 400m she took the win in 57.96 seconds.Williams and Skeete, were just two of a host of Linden athletes who excelled at the Championships throughout the week. There was also Chantoba Bright, who set a 5.82m record in the long jump and won the triple jump yesterday with a distance of 11.90m, and middle distance runner Murphy Nash, who set a few records of his ouw in the Boys’ Under-16 category.Notwithstanding their dominance, however, Linden were not the only District with remarkable athletes. District 13’s Anfernee Headecker had an impressive run in the Boys Open 5000m to win the event yesterday with a time of 16:31.60s.During the week he had already taken the Boys Under-20 800m and 1500m events.Other standouts for the week included District 3’s Joanna Archer, District 4’s Toyan Raymond and District 15’s Laurindo Prince.
McGrathWhen this topic came up for discussion at the weekly Point-Counterpoint board meeting at Don Shula’s Steakhouse in Chicago (on the BH, of course), it was the first time on record that no research or thought was required on my part.Only one politician who has ever been a sports star has been undoubtedly, unquestionably the best star in his athletic undertaking. That one person is, of course, “The Governator,” who was not only a seven-time Mr. Olympia champion (the most prestigious bodybuilding contest in the world), but was also the world’s greatest action star, shining brighter than the sun on Mercury.That alone gives Arnold a heads up over Bill Bradley, Tom Osbourne and Steve Largent, who are all Hall of Famers, but were never the best in their sport, except maybe for Osbourne, who was a coach and loses some serious credibility points there.How many other politicians do you know who commonly double-fisted assault rifles in their previous careers? And before you try to answer Jessie Ventura, remember that while he doubled up on folding chairs in the WWF and doubled up with a shotgun and pistol combo in “Predator,” he never actually managed to wield dos (shout out to Chad Johnson there) assault rifles. As I wrote in my Oct. 11 column, Arnold would even be a perfect choice as the commander in chief:”Arnold could succeed as president too. He could be the first leader of the executive branch in decades to truly bring together the GOP and Democrats, using his relationship with wife Maria Shriver to help bridge gaps that no other person possibly could. Plus, he would have the single greatest re-election campaign slogan ever: ‘I’ll be back.’And you want to talk about foreign policy? The new policy would be sending a copy of ‘Commando’ and ‘Twins’ to every country in the world. If you are naughty you get the ‘Commando’ Arnold. If you’re nice you get the ‘Twins’ Arnold. Which would you choose?”Point: Arnold.PoppyNBA legend Charles Barkley is not a politician just yet, but he soon will be, and when he becomes the governor of Alabama in 2014, he will be the best sports politician.The “Round Mound of Rebound” may be outspoken and controversial (remember his “I am not a role model” commercials?), but he’s just what American politics needs: A breath of fresh air.While many may think the 1993 MVP running for any government position is a joke — especially after recently switching from a possible GOP candidate to a Democrat — Barkley is dead serious and wants to make a difference.”I’ve got to get people to realize that the government is full of it,” Barkley said in a Southern Regional Conference of the National School Boards Association meeting last July. “Republicans and Democrats want to argue over stuff that’s not important … when I run — if I run — we’re going to talk about real issues like improving our schools, cleaning up our neighborhoods of drugs and crime and making Alabama a better place for all people.”In political races, a lot is made of what candidates have given to their country. While Barkley was never a war veteran or anything like that, he was an American hero in his day, winning two gold medals in 1992 and 1996. Honestly, who wouldn’t want a member of the original Dream Team in office?Furthermore, his classy and sophisticated nickname of “Sir Charles” is worthy alone of a governmental position. Hey, if Jesse “The Body” Ventura can make it as governor, Barkley can do an even better job.The Hall of Famer was one of the best basketball players, and once he becomes the governor of Alabama, he will be the best sports politician ever.
The USC Xpressions Dance Company performed their spring showcase called “Time is Dancing” in Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday evening. The event was open to everyone and the dance performances included a special number that included the children affiliated with Troy Camp.
Tucked against the northwest corner of campus, the Temporary Research Facility — a cluster of brown trailers interspersed with patches of artificial grass and tables and lawn chairs — is a modest place for the next scientific breakthrough. Past the facility’s gates, movie posters, abstract paintings and anatomical sketches by Leonardo Da Vinci adorn the building’s walls.Here, art and science meet with a purpose.Inside one of the structures, a quote written on the wall just outside the office of Steve Kay, outgoing dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, reads, “The Bridge@USC is the foundry where solutions to complex health challenges are forged.”The words relate an optimistic prophecy for the new Bridge Institute, a research hub that will soon replace the current interim workspace. It will be located in the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences and merges the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and digital arts in order to better understand the human body.Though it will be another two years before the Michelson Center is completed — whose laboratories will be filled by 24 principal investigators from different fields and backgrounds — research at the Bridge Institute is already underway. The group, wrote Robert Perkins in USC Dornsife Magazine, has published six high-profile papers in the last seven months.Sitting together in a conference room, biochemist Raymond Stevens and physicists Peter Kuhn and Scott Fraser shared their vision for the Bridge Institute.“So you’re talking to a physicist, a physicist and a chemist — all trying to play biology,” said Stevens, who researches G protein-coupled receptors, the gatekeepers and messengers of the cell.Fraser, whose research focuses on imaging and molecular analyses of biological systems, reflected on the frontier nature of the endeavor.“There’s something fun about being a newcomer,” Fraser said. “You don’t know the things that are wrong.”“One of the visions of the Michelson Building is to be a nexus that brings together all these different groups,” Stevens said. “One of the things that is very important these days is collisions — people running into each other and talking to each other.”Expressing their vision of a new approach to biological systems, the group drew parallels with Bell Laboratories, the research and development wing of AT&T responsible for the digital communications technology used today. The team hopes they can incorporate the elements of convergence and connectivity seen there into their work.“Bell Laboratories was created with a dream, a vision to connect each other together, to connect the world,” Stevens said. “What we want to do is to connect the human body.”The hope of the Institute, the “bridge” linking various subjects, is that by bringing together scientists of disparate fields, a new paradigm of thinking will emerge, one that will conquer the greatest challenge of all — life itself.For years, clinicians have realized that each patient responds differently to the same drug. This understanding of individualized care ushered in a new era of personalized medicine, where doctors tailor treatment strategies to the individual, rather than treat every patient the same way. Major pharmaceutical companies, however, still fail to recognize the patient as an individual during drug development, resulting in serious losses, both in finances and in lives.“The success rate in drug discovery is one in 5,000,” Stevens said. “The cost to develop a drug today is $1.2 billion. This is the latest report, and most of that is failure data. In biology, because we don’t understand the system, we’re successful 5 percent of the time. Our knowledge, our understanding of the human body is just not there yet.”By interpreting the human body as a system, researchers at the Bridge Institute will be able to understand how a drug unfolds within a complex architecture that is unique for each patient. Peter Kuhn, a leading oncologist who invented a method for screening cancer cells with only a sample of blood, elaborated on this paradigm shift. “We have to think differently when we are trying to assess the entire human body and how the human body will respond to certain interventions,” Kuhn said.Now, new apps and gadgets are enabling people to monitor their risk for a disease and track how their disease is changing over time.“Science,” Kuhn said, “is the information that is provided to you as an individual to help you understand how to manipulate the disease as opposed to the disease manipulating you.”With the wealth of data amassed by devices and the infinitude of information accessible through the internet, synthesizing all the relevant information for the treatment of disease can be a frightening task. That’s where the Michelson Center comes in.Along with finding new pathways through the interconnectedness of diverse fields, the researchers at the Bridge Institute have the responsibility to encourage the next wave of scientists, engineers and designers.“Our job is to create the next generation of students that frighten traditionally thinking people,” Fraser said. “They’re not going to see boundaries. They need to master a physical concept or an engineering concept to tackle a problem. I think they’re be fearless about doing so.”As a research center, the Michelson building will offer post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a laboratory setting and learn a new method of problem solving.“What we as a faculty need to do is create an environment that doesn’t inhibit creativity — that instead fosters creativity,” Stevens said.Though the city produces more than 5,000 graduates in science, engineering and technology every year, more than San Diego and San Francisco combined, Los Angeles still trails behind in the biotech industry. A report published last year by FierceBiotech ranked the city 14th for biotech venture funding, and a 2014 report by Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News ranked Los Angeles ninth in U.S. biopharma clusters. Stevens attributes these rankings to the city’s failure to attract innovators in biotechnology.“There’s no place for [students] to go right now if they stayed in Los Angeles,” he said. “The city of Los Angeles needs to become more helpful for the start-up of biotech companies. That’s one ingredient that’s needed.”The Michelson Center is striving to change that, and it’s hoping to garner enough manpower to do so.“You need the people [and] the feeder, that’s going to occupy these biotech incubators. It’s all about the biotech ecosystem and nurturing that,” Stevens said.And while the promises of transforming the greater Los Angeles and creating the next generation of convergent thinkers are far off, the group is confident their dream will be fulfilled.“There’s an opportunity with convergence of being purposeful,” Kuhn said. “It’s about doing science in the context of whether it’s a disease or some other function of living organisms. You’re doing science out in the open. You’re doing it out in the rest of the world.”
“In the Zone” runs every other Friday. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Trevor at firstname.lastname@example.org. It happened in a flash — almost unexpectedly.Sophomore outside hitter Falyn Fonoimoana, who appeared to be the future of an already bright USC women’s volleyball program after being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2010, was gone. There was neither a news conference nor an in-depth explanation given.A simple, almost mundane, 95-word press release was issued, alerting the masses to the fact that the talented sophomore would be “ineligible” for the upcoming season and leaving more questions than answers.“We exhausted all of our resources in order to help Falyn retain her eligibility,” Haley said. “We have very high expectations of our student-athletes, on and off the court, here at USC.”Was this because of academics? Or did it confirm message board rumors that Fonoimoana was looking to transfer to Hawaii?Regardless of the reason behind her departure, it leaves a gaping hole on the Women of Troy’s roster. After all, she finished second in the team last season in points and kills with 398.But USC will survive.Granted, you don’t replace those kind of stats overnight, but with nine talented starters returning after a run to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament in 2010, the Women of Troy, nonetheless, could very well notch back-to-back Final Four appearances. Heck, with a No. 2 preseason ranking, a national title is in play as well.With the Fonoimoana ordeal in the past, the team and the coaching staff can now move forward, putting its rocky week behind them.USC coach Mick Haley shouldn’t be one to worry, either. I’d be hesitant to get worked up over one player, especially when he has a multitude of talented student-athletes able and ready to make up for her absence.Haley certainly has the pedigree to back that up.Since coming to USC, Haley has guided the Women of Troy to two national championships, five Final Four appearances and 10 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in 11 years; it’s quite the résumé.Possibly atop his laundry list of accomplishments, he guided the Women of Troy to an undefeated 2003 season, a rare feat in collegiate athletics.This year the Women of Troy have a ranking to defend, but more importantly, the top spot to chase.No. 1 Penn State, winners of four straight national championships, currently sit atop the collegiate volleyball world, but a fifth straight title won’t be easy looking at USC’s roster.The Women of Troy boast an impressive trio in outside hitter Alex Jupiter, setter Kendall Bateman and middle blocker Lauren Williams. All three are seniors and all three were All-Americans last season. And all three are among the best in school history.This season Jupiter has the opportunity to break the record for kills, service aces and points for a career at USC. Bateman can also set the career record for assists. And Williams, who at 6-foot-4 remains an incredibly important asset for the Women of Troy, particularly in terms of blocking, after posting 115 blocks last season.All three will be counted upon to make up for the absence of Fonoimoana, as well as the loss of sophomore middle blocker Alexis Olgard for the first couple weeks of the season because of offseason knee surgery.To aid the experience of their three seniors, last year’s No. 1 recruiting class, including sophomore libero Natalie Hagglund, sophomore outside hitter Kirby Bunham and sophomore outside hitter Sara Shaw will take on an even greater role.And an incoming freshman class rated 10th in the nation will also get an opportunity to play early in the season.So despite all the hoopla surrounding Fonoimoana, this USC squad still has the talent, experience, depth and coaching pedigree to challenge and upend the Nittany Lions four-year reign at the top.With Haley directing Jupiter, Bateman, Williams and a group of talented underclassman, no Fonoimoana doesn’t mean no NCAA championship.Without its Pac-10 Freshman Player of the Year, there is really no need to worry at all; she’s just another player on this deep and talented roster that can easily be replaced, just another road bump to get over on the way to another NCAA appearance and further.
The USC women’s lacrosse team, in its first home game in nearly three weeks, hopes to recover from a close road loss to No. 18 Stanford as it prepares to take on Temple on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at McAlister Field.Playing well · Freshman Caroline Cordrey (above) finished with a game-high four goals in USC’s 17-12 loss against No. 18 Stanford. — Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanAfter opening their inaugural season with four home games, including a matchup against No. 4 Northwestern at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to start their season, the Women of Troy (4-4, 2-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) have been competing on the road, alternating between wins and losses to finish 2-2 on the road trip.Following a 12-7 win over UC Davis (1-4, 0-3 MPSF) led by five goals from USC freshman midfield Amanda Johansen, the Women of Troy lost 17-12 to No. 18 Stanford (4-2, 1-0 MPSF) on March 8.USC was able to outscore the Cardinal 8-6 in the second half but suffered its first conference loss despite four goals by freshman attack Caroline Cordrey and five points (three goals, two assists) from freshman attack Caroline de Lyra.The Women of Troy are 2-1 at McAlister Field this season, having won their last two home games against Presbyterian (1-6) and Saint Mary’s College (2-3, 1-3 MPSF) by a combined 29 goals. They hope to take down a Temple team (4-1) that is coming off its first loss in its first away game of the season, a 14-10 defeat to Stanford.“Everyone’s excited to not be traveling anymore,” freshman defense Courtney Tarleton said. “It’s really exhausting being on plane rides the whole time, so it feels good to finally be playing back in California.”De Lyra leads the Women of Troy in points (49), goals (28) and assists (21). Johansen has 21 goals on the season along with nine ground balls and 51 draw controls, while Cordrey has scored 19 goals, including two game-winners and seven free-position goals in 10 attempts. USC as a team is outscoring its opponents 115-98, scoring a goal on almost half of its shots and is currently 4-1 against unranked opponents.The Owls, who are in the middle of a three-game road trip in California, are led by Kellee Pace’s 11 goals, while Charlott Swavola and Jaymie Tabor have 10 goals each. They are outscoring their opponents 65-45 on the season.“Temple’s a really phenomenal team,” USC head coach Lindsey Munday said. “They’re playing really well this season. We’re just excited at the opportunity to try and improve from our Stanford game. We didn’t start the game off as well as we would like to, and the second half showed we can compete, so it’s just really a matter for us to come out and play for a full 60 minutes. That’s our focus going into the game.”After they take on Temple, the Women of Troy have another home game at McAlister Field on Saturday against Marquette (2-3) at noon, then they travel to Rhode Island to face Bryant (1-3) on Tuesday, March 19.
Marriage residency cases can be very tough – even for those that are real!Commonly, couples navigating through the marriage immigration process often find it daunting, unsure of the procedures, required documentation and timing involved. It’s important that couples compile all the necessary marital documentation in order to prove the legitimacy of the marriage.Read More: Legal: Five Tips for a Stronger Non-Disclosure AgreementHere are a few tips for couples representing themselves in the residency process:Take the process very seriously. It’s better to be over prepared rather than under prepared and delay the green card process.Do whatever it takes to have a joint marital bank account that both spouses use on a daily basis. Always pay utilities, rent and other expenses from bank funds, not cash.Don’t go paperless! I love trees and the environment, but the USCIS could care less. They want to see marital bills, statements and invoices with joint names or at least separate bills for each spouse going to the same marital address.Have a lease with both spouses’ names and pay rent from your joint account (even if you live with relative – which you should not!).Always do your tax return married filing jointly, don’t file head of household just to get more money back from the IRS, you are shooting yourself in the foot. Do you want a Green Card or a little more money?Split the utility bills, get several in the US citizen spouse’s name and several for the foreign national spouse.Get joint car insurance.Make sure both spouses driver’s licenses are at the same marital address.Take lots of pictures with family and friends at different occasions.Read More: Once America lauded illegal immigration from Africa