Archives September 2020

No bail bond for rape suspect

first_imgOfficers of the municipal policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Ana Celeste Bernad of the RegionalTrial Court Branch 69 in Silay City, Negros Occidental dated Oct. 15, 2019. The 34-year-old resident William Lamis– who faces a rape charge – was caught on the strength of an arrest warrantaround 12:30 p.m. on Monday, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – The court recommendedno bail bond for the temporary liberty of a suspect arrested in Barangay SanIsidro, E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental.  center_img The suspect was detained in the E.B.Magalona police station’s lockup facility./PNlast_img

MerryMart mulls P1.6-B IPO

first_imgMerryMart aims to maintain its growthmomentum to reach 600 branches by 2025 and 1,200 branches by 2030. MerryMart has set its 12-12-12 Vision2030 with the goal of rolling out a total of 1,200 MerryMart branchesnationwide. It aims to reach P120 billion in systemwide sales revenue. MerryMart is a wholly-owned subsidiaryof Injap Investments, Inc. – the same group that founded Mang InasalPhilippines, Inc. and currently holds key shareholdings in DoubleDragonProperties Corp. in partnership with Honeystar Holdings Corp. of the JollibeeGroup. In preparation for its rapid growth,MerryMart has recently gone live on its SAP ERP system. MerryMart will alsosoon be available in both online and offline channels. MerryMart also expects to set upseveral MERRYMART warehouses and distribution centers to support the MerryMartbranches around the country and intends to locate these in DoubleDragon’sCentralHub warehouse complexes. The smallest format MerryMart Store isa household essential store concept that combines Grocery + Personal Care +Pharmacy. The 3-in-1 innovation and expansion through franchising is expectedto bring in operational efficiencies and enable MerryMart to rapidly scale upand build up durable competitive advantage. Franchising also creates businessopportunities for many budding entrepreneurs. “We would like to take advantage ofour group’s knowhow in franchising, and our familiarity of the Philippinemarket terrain, just like in the rollout of Mang Inasal, CityMall, Hotel 101and CentralHub network. We believe this step will further strengthen the marketgrip of all the industries that our group is involved in,” added Edgar InjapSia II. The MerryMart Group now operates fourfull-size supermarkets. A total of 27 operating branches are expected by thesecond quarter this year, and the 100th branch of MerryMart is expected to openby the fourth quarter of 2021 next year. ON JAN. 27 MerryMart Consumer Corp.filed an application for Initial Public Offering (IPO) at the Securities andExchange Commission. MerryMart Group will focus on sunriseconsumer-related businesses in the long term as the company has full confidencein the long term prospects if the Philippine consumer market./PN “This is going back to our basics. Mygrandfather started his grocery store in the 1950s in our hometown. My parentsas well opened their own grocery business way back in 1989 and have beenoperating successfully for 30 years and counting. This background gives ourfamily extensive experience in the retail business,” said MerryMart ChairmanEdgar Injap Sia II. The MerryMart expansion is seen to createover 15,000 new jobs for the Filipino workforce in the near term, and expectedto exceed 50,000 systemwide workforce by 2030. The Philippine economy isexpected to fully benefit from MerryMart being a local Filipino homegrownbrand. MerryMart plans the development of thecompany brand through company-owned stores, as well as opening it for franchiseto the public. MerryMart will serve as a platform for the existing local andtraditional groceries to convert and be part of a modern branded retail chainnetwork while retaining ownership of the store as a franchisee of MerryMart. Being part of the MerryMart networkwill enable the current traditional retailers to future-proof themselves andkeep them relevant for the next many decades and also enable them to bridge theongoing shift from traditional retail to modern retail. This shift isinevitable when a developing country evolves to eventually become a first worldcountry. MerryMart aims to cover all thegrocery retail categories from small, medium and large retail formats namely;MerryMart Store, MerryMart Market and MerryMart Grocery. “Our family initially had no plans toexpand the retail business, but our recent experiences made us realize the needfor us to be in the modern retail business, and we believe we will be in itwhile the transition from traditional retail to modern retail is still ongoing.Moreover there are undeniable synergies between the real estate and retailbusinesses. I will be glad to see both DoubleDragon and MerryMart to soon growhand in hand and become formidable companies that will significantly contributein building our Nation,” Mr. Injap Sia further added. PNB Capital and Investment Corp. hasbeen appointed as lead underwriter, issue manager and bookrunner for theoffering. Based on the preliminary prospectusfiled, the target offer period will be on March 23 to March 27, 2020 and thetarget IPO listing date is on April 2, 2020. MerryMart aims to sell 1,594,936,709of primary shares at up to P1 per share and aims to raise up to P1.6 billionfrom the planned IPO.last_img read more

Antique 4Ps members return SAP grants

first_imgThis member of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Antique returns the P6,000 social amelioration program (SAP) aid he received from the national government in this undated photo. A total of 132 4Ps members in this province already returned the SAP aid after learning they were ineligible for it. PAMILYANG PANTAWID SIBALOM The total amount returned by the 4Ps beneficiaries to their respective municipal treasurers was P792,000. “The amount could be reallocated by the LGUs to the non-Pantawid beneficiaries who were left out,” Gabucay said./PNcenter_img SAN JOSE, Antique – A total of 132 Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in this province returned the cash grants they each received under the national government’s social amelioration program (SAP) due to coronavirus disease 2019 after learning they were ineligible recipients.  Pantawid provincial link Jeffrey Gabucay said on Tuesday that they are grateful to the 4Ps beneficiaries who returned the P6,000 SAP assistance released to them.“We laud the 4Ps beneficiaries who showed their honesty and sincerity in returning the SAP,” said Gabucay.“The SAP supposedly released by the local government units (LGUs) in this province is for the non-Pantawid beneficiaries only,” he added.The Department of Social Welfare and Development downloaded an amount of P133,440,550 as SAP assistance for 26,359 4Ps beneficiaries in this province.“During the cross-matching of the names of the SAP beneficiaries identified by the LGUs, we learned that there were 4Ps beneficiaries who were also included,” Gabucay said.The 4Ps members were then immediately informed by their respective barangay officials to return the amount due to duplication.Here’s the list of the 4Ps beneficiaries from the towns in this province who returned their SAP grants:* Sibalom – 39* Libertad – 23* Lau-an – 20* Caluya – 15* Culasi – eight* Bugasong – seven* Patnongon – six* Belison – five* Hamtic – three* San Jose – two* Remigio – two* Pandan – one* Valderrama – onelast_img read more

New Energy Plan For Indiana Next Year

first_imgA new energy plan for Indiana will be developed by June of next year.The Indiana Office of Energy Development has started the process of creating a new energy plan for the state and will submit it to Gov. Pence in June.Gov. Pence called for the creating of the plan to help keep energy low cost in Indiana. The governor wants the new energy plan based on using all of the state’s energy resources, improving options for energy consumers and commercializing new energy technologies.The current plan was written seven years ago. Since the plan began, the cost of electricity for industrial consumers has increased.last_img

Court Keeps Milan Murder Trial In Ripley County

first_imgA judge denied a defense motion to move a murder trial outside of Ripley County.The defense team of 22-year-old Allison Moore, of Colerain Township, Ohio, asked the court last week for a change of venue, however it was denied according to Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel.“This matter was litigated and subsequently briefed by both parties,” said Hertel. “Following that the court issued its ruling.Moore is one of three people accused of murdering 68-year-old Nancy Hershman, of Milan on December 30, 2012.Defense attorneys also filed a motion for Test Jury which was also denied on the same day. Trial is set to begin on March 31, 2014.While three people are awaiting trial, a local community remembers the life of Hershman. A Light the Night Memorial Vigil is scheduled for Saturday Jan. 4. It will be held at Highway 101 & 350 at 6pm. A memorial service will also be held at New Craven Cemetery at 7pm.Luminaries will be sold for $1 each or $5 for six. Proceeds will benefit the Nancy Hershman Scholarship fund.Your name and donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 1 Milan, IN 47031.last_img read more

Voter Registration For Primary Election Due Monday

first_imgElection officials are sending out a reminder to Hoosiers planning on voting during the May Primary season. The last day to verify, update or start a voter registration is Monday, Apr. 7.“Hoosiers who fail to register will not be able to vote on May 6,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “The voter registration deadline is right around the corner. I encourage everyone who is not registered to register today to make your vote count.”Updated voter information is required for anyone that has recently moved into a new county or turning 18 before the General Election. Secretary Lawson said those celebrating their 18th Birthday before the November Election can register to vote and vote in the Primary Election.Voter registration can be updated at a county clerk’s office, any BMV branch or at Indiana Voters website.In-person absentee voting begins Tuesday, Apr. 8. Ripley County voters can fill out the ballot at the county courthouse from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Military families are encouraged to remind those serving overseas to register and request an absentee ballot. Active duty military members and their spouses should register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot by completing the Federal Post Card Application to ensure they receive their absentee ballot on time. The application can be completed online at Federal Voting Assistance Program.Voters may also request an absentee ballot and verify their polling location on Indiana Voters.last_img read more

Bringing Suicide “Out of the Darkness” In Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – With the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams still fresh in the minds of many Hoosiers, mental-health advocates want to keep the conversation going, as the state and nation recognize Suicide Prevention Week this week.Lisa Brattain, the Indiana and Ohio Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, says the stigma of mental illness keeps many from seeking treatment.“Stigma exists where the absence of knowledge lives,” Brattain says. “For some people it’s hard to understand this is an illness because you physically can’t measure or gauge, like you can a blood test.”According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 40,000 reported suicides each year; nationally and suicides rates have been on an upward trend since 1999. This fall, there are a series of walks scheduled across the state. “Out of the Darkness” is designed to raise funds and awareness for suicide prevention.The next event is Saturday, Sept. 13, at White River State Park in Indianapolis.There are an estimated 23.9-million Americans coping with some form of depression. Brattain stresses, suicide is preventable and more work is needed to recognize and treat depression, and remove the stigma from mental illness.“Research has to be happening in detection and treatment options,” says Brattain. “We know from other illnesses that if research isn’t happening we never see improvements. We never see lives being saved.”Brattain encourages anyone who has had thoughts of taking their own life or knows someone who has, to call the association’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Prosecutor Reviewing Tony Stewart-Kevin Ward Accident

first_imgONTARIO COUNTY, NY – The investigation into the fatal incident involving NASCAR driver Tony Stewart striking and killing a fellow driver has completed, and a prosecutor is now reviewing the findings.The county district attorney’s office is expected to announce next week whether charges will be filed against Stewart.The dirt track incident involved driver Kevin Ward Jr., 20, crashing into the fence when the two drivers were racing side by side. Ward climbed out of his car and was walking along the track when he was fatally struck by Stewart’s car.The race was held at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park dirt track in upstate New York August 9.last_img

Twisters And Cougars Battle It Out In Volleyball

first_imgTuesday, the 29th , the Oldenburg Twisters volleyball teams hosted South Decatur Cougars. The Twisters and Cougars split on the evening with the OA JV picking up the win and the Varsity dropping the match 3-1. Scores for the varsity match were 13-25, 25-8, 25-13, and 25-19. “This was a particularly disappointing loss for us tonight. We came out strong in the first set and dominated with our serving and defense. However, we didn’t carry that intensity over to the next set and after four straight receiving and attacking errors, we did not recover. The team has battled this phenomena all year. We played stronger in the 3rd and 4th sets, but still not with enough positive energy to put that second set in the past and move forward on the night.” OA was led by senior Audrey Oesterling with 7 kills on 28 attacks, 18 serve receptions and only 3 errors, and 9 points on 13 serves. Junior Samantha Nobbe added 3 kills on 10 attacks and junior MacKenzie Corbin added 10 serve receptions with 1 error and 7 points on 9 serves. Elizabeth Fiutem, junior, handled the setting with a season high 107 attempts with only 5 errors. The Twisters were only able to convert 16 of those sets into kills on the evening. Fiutem also had 12 points on 19 serves with 7 aces. With the loss, the Twisters are 8-21 on the year.The Twister JV bounced back from an uninspired effort against Trinity Lutheran on Monday night to sweep South Decatur in straight sets, 18-25 and 20-25. From the service line, the Twisters were led by Abbi Eldridge and Katie Kinker with 8 points on 12 serves, 5 aces and 10 points on 14 serves, 5 aces. The Twister attack had 11 kills on 40 attempts led by Alex Bamonte and Lydia Gigrich who hit 0.500 and 0.250 for the evening, respectively. OA received serve well with only 2 errors in 27 attempts on the night and a team passer rating of 2.24. Kinker and Hanna Hurm split the setting duties with 4 and 7 assists on 20 and 28 attempts, respectively and only 1 error on the night. “The JV had a very uninspired and lackluster performance against Trinity Lutheran on Monday night. So this was a very important bounce back win. Our JV is composed of 9 freshmen and 1 sophomore. As a very young group, learning to rely on each other and play focused, energy filled volleyball has been their challenge all season. They are a good team when they play with purpose and intensity like tonight” The win improves the JV record to 4-10.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Ned Rogers.last_img read more