first_imgPalabrica said signal jammers at the IDJ were also inconveniencingBarangay Nanga residents living nearby. Palabrica urged the local offices of concerned government agencies– National Telecommunications Commission, Philippine National Police,Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and BJMP – to draw up a plan to secure theIDJ but at the same time relieve Barangay Nanga residents of the inconveniencecaused by the signal jammers. “The personnel of the BJMP are perhaps incompetent andill-equipped to deal with confined criminals. They have not effectively stoppedthe entry of banned cellular phones,” said Palabrica. “This matter has serious implications on the economic and sociallife of residents in this barangay. They cannot optimize their livelihoodactivities or stay in contact with families and relatives elsewhere. Lifenowadays is so dependent on cellular communications,” he stressed. The people of Barangay Nanga, said Palabrica, should not be madeto suffer from the incompetence of IDJ jail personnel. If anything, according to Palabrica, the use of cell phone signaljammers exposed flaws or weaknesses in law enforcement and prisoner containmentat the IDJ. “Signal jammers are not the answer to the nagging issue of drug orcontraband control and apprehension. The answer lies in the integrity andcompetence of the leadership and personnel of the BJMP,” said Palabrica. In short, he said, the phone signal jammers were creating“economic and social distress to residents.” “Residents within the 300-meter radius of the facility cannot sendtext messages or make phone calls or use the internet adequately. The maincenter of the barangay which is 100 meters away is severely affected, too.Official communication to other government agencies, especially in emergencysituations, cannot be conducted 24/7,” lamented Palabrica. ILOILO – Jamming the cell phone signal at the Iloilo District Jail(IDJ) in Barangay Nanga, Pototan town is not the solution to the smuggling ofillegal drugs and other contrabands into the prison facility, according toSangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member Matt Palabrica. It only covers up theincompetence of jail guards to secure the IDJ, he stressed. He also raised the possibility that jail guards and personnel maybe allowing illegal drugs and phones slip into the prison facility for someconsideration. The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) started usingcell phone signal jammers at the IDJ in June this year to prevent inmates withmobile phones from making outside contacts for possible criminal activities. Acting on this concern, the SP invited IDJ and BJMP officials to a“question hour” on Nov. 12 at the Provincial Board session hall, Iloiloprovincial capitol./PNlast_img read more

first_imgELLSWORTH — Runners from all six Hancock County high schools and elsewhere throughout the state came to Ellsworth on Saturday for the first meet of the 2018 cross-country season.In the boys’ event, Ellsworth, Bucksport, Mount Desert Island and George Stevens Academy competed as teams with runners from Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington competing as individuals. Ellsworth racked up 85 points as a team to claim third overall behind Hermon and Caribou as MDI took fourth with 117 points, GSA placed seventh with 210 and Bucksport claimed 11th with 313.Individually, Ellsworth’s Matt Shea finished with the strongest performance of any local runner in both boys’ and girls’ events. The junior crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 29.04 seconds to finish second to Caribou’s Dylan Marrero.Sumner sophomore Luke Barnes took ninth on the boys’ side with a time of 18:19.73, and MDI’s Alex Eason finished in 18:25.05 to crack the top 10. Other notable finishers included Ellsworth’s Beckett Markosian (13th) and Nick Cormier (17th), GSA’s Caden Mattson (18th) and MDI’s Stephen Grierson (22nd) and Jon Genrich (23rd).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOnly Ellsworth and MDI competed in the girls’ event with runners from the other four schools competing individually. The Trojans finished with 71 points to claim third behind Orono and Caribou, and the Eagles claimed fourth place with 84 points.Ellsworth junior Caitlin MacPherson placed fourth overall to finish as the top local girls’ runner with a time of 21:02.57. Olivia Johnson of MDI finished in sixth place with a time of 21:30.77, and Abby Mazgaj of Ellsworth also earned a spot in the top 10 by finishing eighth with a time of 21:44.88.MDI’s Rachelle Swanson (13th) and Katelyn Osborne (14th) and Ellsworth’s Miriam Nelson (16th) were among the other notable girls’ finishers. A total of 53 runners participated in the girls’ race.Below is a full list of local individual finishers and team scores for both the boys’ and girls’ events.Boys’ individual2. Matt Shea, Ellsworth, 17 minutes, 29.04 seconds9. Luke Barnes, Sumner, 18:19.7310. Alex Eason, Mount Desert Island, 18:25.0513. Beckett Markosian, Ellsworth, 18:34.5217. Nick Cormier, Ellsworth, 18:51.2418. Caden Mattson, George Stevens Academy, 18:56.5722. Stephen Grierson, MDI, 19:06.6423. Jon Genrich, MDI, 19:07.7525. Calvin Nelson, Ellsworth, 19:15.7326. Jacob Benson, MDI, 19:17.1632. Mark Berry, Ellsworth, 19:42.7133. Logan Carter, Sumner, 19:48.5334. Ponce Saltysiak, MDI, 19:48.5738. Bryce Carter, Ellsworth, 19:58.7540. Harley Brown, MDI, 20:14.6545. Ian Renwick, GSA, 20:41.9147. David Hileman, Bucksport, 20:53.6349. Oliver Wilson, GSA, 20:59.9557. Henry Penfold, Deer Isle-Stonington, 21:32.1958. Nyamh Wolf, GSA, 21:50.0459. Sean Schweizer, GSA, 21:56.0965. Alex DeWitt, Ellsworth, 22:24.0266. Wyatt Lawson, MDI, 22:40.8168. Christian Winslow, Bucksport, 23:26.4571. Benjamin Penfold, DI-S, 23:49.6774. Micah Hileman, Bucksport, 24:42.8376. James Palkie, Bucksport, 27:07.6777. Nate Bowden, Bucksport, 27:30.99Boys’ team scores3. Ellsworth, 854. MDI, 1177. GSA, 21011. Bucksport, 313Girls’ individual4. Caitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 21:02.576. Olivia Johnson, MDI, 21:30.778. Abby Mazgaj, Ellsworth, 21:44.8813. Rachelle Swanson, MDI, 22:40.7914. Katelyn Osborne, MDI, 22:44.1016. Miriam Nelson, Ellsworth, 22:56.6924. Grace Munger, MDI, 24:06.4527. Olivia Watson, MDI, 24:24.4429. Emma McKechnie, Ellsworth, 24:32.9930. Louise Chaplin, MDI, 24:36.4035. Loren Genrich, MDI, 25:02.3241. Lanny Zentz, GSA, 27:16.7842. Josie Czuj, GSA, 27:17.3143. Jenna Eldridge, GSA, 27:20.0547. Kristen Moseley, Ellsworth, 28:39.50Girls’ team scores3. MDI, 714. Ellsworth, 84last_img read more