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LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “Those were big,” remarked Codiñera. Before that, the third guy was not evident, the third guy. We only have Salado and (Lervin) Flores, but the third option wasn’t there. But this time, we got good contributions from our bench.”Rence Alcoriza topped Arellano with 23 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from three, while Salado got 17 markers, seven assists, and three boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLervin Flores added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, Marwin Taywan got 15 markers and five assists, and Michael Cañete had 12 points and nine boards in the victory as the Chiefs rose to 4-6 in the standings.“It’s a game of spurts. They made a run, we made a run, but I guess it’s the stops and we made the key stops,” said Codiñera. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC JRU’s short rotation took a toll on the team in the extra periods, as Teodoro, Ervin Grospe, Abdulwahab Abdulrazak, and Abdel Poutouochi all fouled out before the game concluded.Teodoro went 6-of-17 from threes to wound up with 30 points and six rebounds, while Jed Mendoza collected 24 markers, four boards, and four assists.Aaron Bordon also had 13 points, five rebounds, and three dimes in the defeat, as the Heavy Bombers saw their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to a 6-4 record.The Scores:ARELLANO 115 – Alcoriza 23, Salado 17, Flores 17, Taywan 15, Canete 12, Enriquez 9, Concepcion 9, Nicholls 5, Villoria 5, Abanes 3, Dela Cruz 0, Meca 0, Filart 0.JRU 109 – Teodoro 30, Mendoza 24, Bordon 13, Grospe 10, Abdul Razak 10, Sawat 9, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 4, Dela Virgen 3, David 2, Mate 0.Quarters: 18-20, 43-39, 68-64, 89-89, 100-100, 115-109. Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano just had enough gas left in the tank to beeat Jose Rizal University in a 115-109 double overtime thriller Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Catching the opposition by surprise, coach Jerry Codiñera went to his unheralded role players as guys like Allen Enriquez, Archie Concepcion, and Kraniel Viloria strung 10 straight points give the side 110-100 lead with 3:04 left in the 2nd OT, before Kent Salado put on the finishing touches.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Tey Teodoro forced the first overtime with an off-balanced triple from the right corner with 2.5 seconds to spare in regulation to tie the game at 89.He continued his tear in the first extra period, drilling another trey this time from the right wing to give the Heavy Bombers a 100-97 lead with 18.5 ticks remaining.However, the Chiefs refused to die as Salado threw a crosscourt pass to Zach Nicholls, who then miraculously canned a desperation three with 2.0 seconds left to once again knot the game at 100. Teodoro still had a chance to win the game, but shot his floater too strong.“We’re already down, but the prayer shot from Zach gave us relief. We were able to regroup from that shot and got some energy from our bench,” said Codiñera.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Eustaquio, two other Filipinos headline ONE: Total Victory E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad
Jorginho marked his Premier League debut with a goal as Chelsea kicked off their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium.Italy international Jorginho passed home a fearless penalty in the 45th minute as Maurizio Sarri earned his first competitive win at the helm after his team went down to Manchester City in the Community Shield last weekend, while fellow debutant and the world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga started with a clean sheet.Jorginho, who followed Sarri’s path from Napoli for a reported £50million, added to the opener from World Cup-winning midfielder N’Golo Kante, who returned as one of three changes to the team that lost to City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Huddersfield struggled to test Kepa in his first outing since joining from Athletic Bilbao for £72m as Chelsea dominated the second period, with Pedro adding the gloss after a brilliant counter-attack launched by substitute Eden Hazard.Chelsea were lacking dynamism and conviction as Huddersfield sat deep and proved difficult to break down, but Pedro’s driving run and pass out to Willian enabled the Brazilian to pick out Kante, who scuffed a left-footed volley into the ground and inside the far post in the 34th minute.Huddersfield were a persistent threat from crosses into the box and they went close to an equaliser when Steve Mounie headed Mathias Jorgensen’s flick-on against the inside of the upright.But Chelsea again punctuated a strong spell for the hosts with a goal, Jorginho sitting debutant Ben Hamer down with a skip in his run-up for an incredibly cool spot-kick after Christopher Schindler caught Marcos Alonso at the end of a neat move from the Blues.The Blues were the sole aggressors in the second half and, after Hamer parried a header from Antonio Rudiger behind, Alonso sent an acrobatic effort against the crossbar in the 58th minute.Hazard came on for Willian for just his second outing since the World Cup and poked a pass through the legs of Terence Kongolo for Pedro to lift Chelsea’s third beyond Hamer and round off a routine win. This man! #HUDCHE pic.twitter.com/DsNKYkhbJR— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018Calm, cool and collected… #HUDCHE pic.twitter.com/WQz45t6pYa— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018 What it means: Chelsea getting there … slowlyMore flashes of what Chelsea fans can expect from ‘Sarri-ball’ would have been anticipated and they received a brilliant example when Ross Barkley flicked Jorginho’s pass into the run of Alonso, who won the penalty from Schindler. After looking aimless for long periods in the first half they were much improved in the second, with more Hazard involvement likely to take them up a gear.Pat on the back: Jorginho gets Blues tickingAfter a frustrating debut against City, Jorginho produced a fine display at the base of Chelsea’s midfield. The Italy international barely misplaced a pass and orchestrated the visitors’ approach by keeping himself open and barking out orders. The return of the industrious Kante no doubt helped him focus on the areas he excels in.Boot up the backside: Morata goes MIAA persistent and troublesome back injury stymied a strong start to Alvaro Morata’s Chelsea career, but he showed no sign of turning around the form that has seen him net just once in the Premier League this year. In Sarri’s 4-3-3 he struggles to link up with his team-mates and often cuts an isolated figure in the final third. He will have World Cup-winning team-mate Olivier Giroud breathing down his neck if he does not step things up quickly.What’s nextChelsea welcome Arsenal to Stamford Bridge in the standout Premier League fixture of next weekend, while things do not get any easier for Huddersfield – they head to reigning champions City. Key Opta stats:- Including caretakers, Maurizio Sarri is the ninth consecutive Chelsea manager to avoid defeat in his first Premier League game in charge of the club, with Avram Grant the last to lose his debut fixture (0-2 v Manchester United in September 2007). – Chelsea haven’t suffered an opening day defeat away from home in the Premier League since 1998-99 (1-2 v Coventry), winning six and drawing one of their seven such games since.- Huddersfield have picked up just nine points from their last possible 36 in Premier League home games (W2 D3 L7), with the first game in this run being a 1-3 defeat against Chelsea in this fixture last season.- Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has scored 90 per cent of the penalties he has taken in the top five European leagues (all competitions), converting 10 of his 11 spot kicks across three different clubs (Verona, Napoli and Chelsea). read more
OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro battles a Northwestern defender for the ball on Oct. 1, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s soccer team responded to the offensive challenge the Northwestern Wildcats’ offense presented with a thrilling match, but a disappointing finish Saturday night.The game ended in a 0-0 tie, after an overtime period, making the Buckeyes 7-4-2 (1-2-2 Big Ten); Northwestern 10-1-1 (3-1-1 Big Ten).The Buckeyes’ defense stifled Northwestern potent strikers, but the biggest impact of the game came out of a strong and dominating offensive attack from the Scarlet and Gray. In an attack that included 28 total shots and 17 corner kicks, the Buckeyes’ offense was relentless towards the strong Northwestern back line of defenders. With such high offensive statistics, there was a frustration when it came to the lack of scoring. “I don’t know another sport where you can dominate an opponent as much as we did tonight and not find a way to get the result,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. “Obviously we feel good about our effort. We feel good about how much we dominated against Northwestern but we’re very disappointed that we couldn’t figure out how to put the ball in the rectangle, so that’s a bit frustrating.”At the beginning of the tightly contested overtime period, redshirt senior defender Morgan Wolcott had an opportunity from a cross into the goalkeeper’s box, deflecting off the left post opposite the goal in what could have given the Buckeyes the lead. “I thought it was going to bounce the other way off the post but it didn’t and then after that I thought we were going to get another opportunity,” Wolcott said. “But they were quick getting to the ball and getting it out, unfortunately.”The motivation for tonight’s strong play came from last week’s 3-0 victory over Iowa, along with the desire to record another conference win. “I think this week, after coming off the win on Sunday, we wanted to get this win again here,” Wolcott said. “We definitely dominated the game here. They’re a good team, and we really came out today.”OSU’s defense made a statement, holding Northwestern to a total of 9 shots and three corners. Senior defender Nicole Miyashiro emphasized the team’s domination while looking ahead to next week’s matchup, using the strong defensive play as motivation. “We’re frustrated but we’re going to take this momentum into Maryland,” Miyashiro said. “I think it’s a really good build up for us into that game and also just for the defense to get a shutout, that really helps us a lot.”Miyashiro’s personal connection with Northwestern midfielder Kassidy Gorman created a fun and competitive twist to tonight’s game. “That 10 minutes we had against each other, it was so fun,” Miyashiro said. “There was (a moment) over here (left side of field by the goal) where we were going against each other and she was dribbling, and I slid and kicked it out and there’s really no better feeling than that.”OSU hopes to learn from tonight’s offensive domination, using the scoreless draw as motivation for their road trip to Maryland. “Some of it’s just repetition. We have players that are capable of finishing a game at any time,” Walker said. “For whatever reason it just didn’t happen tonight.”
Senior midfielder Arielle Cowie (24) advances the ball during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament against Northwestern Nov. 7 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State field hockey team kept its dreams of a Big Ten Tournament title alive Thursday, defeating second-seeded No. 13 Northwestern, 3-2, in the first round of action at Buckeye Varsity Field.The seventh-seeded Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the tournament Friday to take on third-seeded Michigan State.Three different players scored for OSU, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Wildcats closed the gap with two goals within five minutes of each other. Second team All-Big Ten sophomore forward Peanut Johnson recorded the only score in the first half, followed by goals from freshman forward Brooke Hiltz and fellow second-teamer senior midfielder Mona Frommhold after the break.Despite two late goals by Northwestern, the Buckeyes managed to hold on for the remainder of the match for their first win against a Big Ten opponent this season.Coach Anne Wilkinson said her team was successful because of its chemistry on the field.“What really made the difference was that we played as a team and worked together,” Wilkinson said. “We executed our opportunities when we had the chance (and) we were able to put the ball away.”After Northwestern’s back-to-back goals, Wilkinson called timeout to allow her team to regroup.“I said, ‘Stay within our game plan and do what we do. Take care of it, recognize they are going to be putting more people up on attack so our forwards are going to have to find ways to win possessions and work with the clock,’” Wilkinson said.Johnson said after the first two goals, she was confident OSU could pull off the upset.“It felt amazing. Once we had a goal or two, we realized it was in our favor and we just had to work to keep it,” Johnson said. “It’s been kind of rare this season when it’s been in our favor so it was a great feeling.”Hiltz echoed Johnson, and said the Buckeyes rallied together after their second goal to secure the victory.“I was freaking out,” Hiltz said. “I think it really hit me that we’re going to do this and we’re going to make this happen no matter what we have to do. We all just pulled together really well as a team and we did what we had to do.”Johnson said the team isn’t ready for the season to be over and the game was proof of that.“We all just realized we didn’t want the season to end. It’s a great team dynamic so we are going to do everything we can to keep going,” Johnson said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Friday at 12:30 p.m. against No. 26 Michigan State. Top-seeded Penn State is set to take on fifth-seeded Iowa first at 10 a.m. in the other semifinal match.
Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle drives to the basketball against a Connecticut defender in a game on Dec. 10 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 64-60. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorWhen new Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann was asked by a fan at a Tuesday evening season ticket-holder event whether former guard JaQuan Lyle might return to the Buckeyes, he joked that he shouldn’t have said no questions would be off-limits.Even though the Buckeyes lack depth, especially at guard, a return of Lyle, who quit the team April 11, seems unlikely.“That’s not something that we have seriously considered at this point,” Holtmann said.On May 13, Lyle was arrested in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana, and charged with public intoxication, criminal mischief to a vehicle and disorderly conduct after an incident at Piston’s Bar & Grill. Later that day, an Ohio State spokesman confirmed that Lyle quit the team over a month prior.Former coach Thad Matta was fired June 5 and the Holtmann regime officially began June 9, so the new Buckeyes head coach has never coached Lyle. Because their time doesn’t overlap, he said he has involved the current team, who has played with and interacted with Lyle on a day-to-day basis, to have input on his situation.“We’ve also involved our entire team in some of those decisions that were made,” Holtmann said. “Obviously they were here and I wasn’t.”With the recent addition of graduate transfer Andrew Dakich, Ohio State will enter the 2017-18 season with five guards on scholarship – redshirt senior Kam Williams, junior C.J. Jackson, junior Joey Lane, freshman Musa Jallow and Dakich.Last season, as a sophomore, Lyle played in 31 games, averaging 11.4 points per contest and led the Buckeyes with 142 assists.
The Ultras Curvas A and B have released a statement criticising the Italian club ownerThings in Napoli are not okay.The team lost last week 5-0 against Liverpool, and even after winning all other friendlies the club’s fanatics are not happy.The fans are angry about the lack of any big-name signings during this summer transfer window.And they have found President Aurelio De Laurentiis to be the culprit.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We don’t tolerate his vision of football, which is pro-business and without sentiment. We’re ultras… the past, present, and future,” the ultras wrote on a statement.“We’ve lived and we’ll live them all with sacrifice, passion, and values that are present everywhere, but also beside an idiot.”According to Football Italia, the supporters don’t like the lack of any signings that would send their team to the top of the Serie A.“We no longer accept this stringent lack of style and these provocative offenses against a group of people who, despite him taking us from the abyss, made him go from being a modest film producer to a great and ‘wealthy’ owner of a football club,” they added.
On December 5, officers from the Anchorage Police Department were dispatched to 5740 Rocky Mountain Court #2, regarding a report of a child who had been shot in the head. According to charging documents, Anthony L. Johnson faces a federal weapons charge. The U.S. District Court stated that Johnson has a felony record for drug possession. Upon arrival APD officers discovered the body of Christian Johnnson, 5 years old in the master bedroom from a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The father of the 5-year-old Anchorage boy who died Tuesday, November 5, from a self inflicted gunshot wound is facing federal charges, according to federal prosecutors. According to APD, the new charges describe the gun as a .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol. Johnnson is charged with violating a federal prohibition against felons having guns. He is scheduled to appear in Federal Court at 1 p.m., today, in Anchorage.
Anna DeVolld, at 14-years-old, created the Promote Our Pollinators program. This effort helps to educate the public about the importance of pollinators and provides easy-to-implement ways to support these essential creatures that have a multi-billion dollar impact on global food production. During the school board meeting Monday evening, the board learned about the fantastic things these three are accomplishing. The three students are; Anna DeVolld, Zachary Halstead, and Carlee Rizzo. Zachary will be attending Kenai Central High School for the 2019-20 school year and plans to continue his volunteer service and serve as an excellent example of the good in his community. As Carlee prepares to enter college, she has secured enough funding to establish an internship to ensure NCF operates at least until 2027. In addition to NCF, Carlee coded and created a video game that teaches elementary students they can be a solution to environmental problems. She also has served as a page and intern in the state legislature. Carlee aims to continue to care for the Nikiski community even after her graduation. Anna created a children’s activity book, instructional fliers, digital and social elements, and presentation materials she shares at community and school events in Soldotna and across the Kenai Peninsula. Carlee Rizzo, of Nikiksi, after seeing classmates in need established the Nikiski Children’s Fund to provide everything from shoes and winter clothes to electricity or even driving lessons. The Fund, started four years ago when Carlee was in middle school, has raised more than $16,000 and supports students in all schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District from Nikiski to Kenai, Soldotna, Homer and Seward. Zachary gets up every Tuesday to help make breakfast for students and families at Kenai Alternative High School, an activity he’s participated in since first grade. Zachary also serves others through the Help a Veteran Experience Alaska program. He’s helped chop wood, build a handicapped ramp, serve and clean up meals, and write articles for his school newspaper to raise awareness about the program. Anna is collaborating with the city of Soldotna and the Parks and Recreation Department to create permanent Promote Our Pollinator signs and labels in the city’s public gardens, parks and Visitor’s Center. Zachary Halstead, at 15-years-of-age, is already known for his kindness and commitment to his Kenai community. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is celebrating three students who are making a difference in our communities, and were awarded the Alaska Communications 2019 Summer of Heroes.
Local governmentAlmost all the local government institutions are marred by systemic failure and irregularities. These institutions are influenced and controlled by ruling party MPs. They lack coordination with the administration and other organisations as they are run by separate laws and have limited powers to collect taxes.These institutions do not have the authority to oversee all tasks and have to depend on the central government for budget and imposing tax in various sectors.From the union parishad to the city corporation, there are about 67 thousand representatives of the local government.According to the constitution, the elected local government body will coordinate several services and government allocations. It will also impose taxes for the services. It will draw up a budget based on its revenue and government allocations. However, local governments have to rely on the ministry for many matters including fund allocations.Several planners and experts have said that the government has made all sorts of commitments to render the local government institutions strong and effective, but these commitments have remained restricted to rhetoric only.The actual challenge for the government is to strengthen the local government by fulfilling these commitments, said the experts, adding that this was the only way to meet the United Nations’ sustainable development targets (SDGs) by 2030.Former caretaker government advisor Hossain Zillur Rahman told Prothom Alo that the ruling parties do not want to empower the local government. “It has become a new normal for the local government institutions to follow the orders imposed from above. Also, people’s involvement with the institutions has decreased,” he added.Purbadhala upazila parishad elections were scheduled to be held on 10 March. The Election Commission (EC) ordered local MP Waresat Hussain to leave the area on charges of influencing the election campaign. The MP left the area, but returned a few days later. Finally, the EC suspended the election there.Then again, there was no election for almost 16 years after the Zila Parishad Act was passed. In 2011, the government appointed Awami League leaders as administrators in 61 district councils across the country. The remaining three were the Hill District Councils. The first district council election was finally held in December 2016.Local governments influenced by MPsAccording to the 2009 Upazila Parishad Act, the local member of parliament (MP) is the advisor of the council. The council is to send a development plan to the government with his recommendations. The ministry will consequently take a decision after scrutinising the recommendations.The MPs try to establish control over local government in many ways. There has been discontent between Natore’s Baraigram upazila chairman Siddiqur Rahman Patwari and local MP Abdul Kuddus. The chairman complained that the MP often interfered in the work of the upazila.Siddiqur Rahman said, “The local government should be free from the influence of the MPs.” “MPs have influence on various the planning and implementation of development projects. But these works are supposed to be done by the elected representatives of the local government,” he added.The influence of MPs on the upazila parishad election has come to the limelight recently. Since the announcement of the schedule for first phase of upazila elections, local MPs participated in electioneering, violating the electoral code. Also, there were allegations that many MPs were fielding independent candidates of their choice against party candidates.Lack of coordination and accountabilityThe local government lacks coordination with many government departments such as family planning, health, agriculture and education. The ministry makes plans by itself and implements them at a field level. Local representatives have no role in this planning.The discontent between MPs and local administration is often visible. There are instances where the upazila and union parishad chairmen have even demanded removal of a certain upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO).There are different laws for union parishad, upazila parishad, zila parishad, municipality and city corporations. These laws conflict with one another in many cases. It had been decided to create a uniform law in the seventh Five Year Plan of the government but the process has not started as yet.There are provisions for ‘ward meetings’ twice a year under the Union Parishad Act. Voters will raise their views on various issues in this meeting. But the meetings are not regular. Also, the accountability of the public representatives is obligatory. Representatives say that the voters’ demands far outweigh the allocations. That is why they do not want to hold ward meetings.In the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the regional council is in charge of coordinating the administration, law and order, and development in the three hill districts. However, regional council chairman Gautam Kumar Chakma told Prothom Alo, the regional parishad has never been taken into consideration. The regional council has never been made effective due to political and bureaucratic reasons. No one wanted to see this council effective, he contended.Women representatives ignoredWomen are directly voted to the reserved seats of the local government. However, the function of the women representatives has not been clearly enunciated in the local government laws. They have no role in development planning or work. Of the 17 standing committees of the upazila parishads, 6 are headed by women vice chairmen. But as the standing committees are not active, these women vice chairmen have nothing to do.Najmun Nahar is the vice chairman of Bamna upazila in Barguna and the general secretary of the upazila Mahila Awami League. She told Prothom Alo that the women vice chairmen are not given due importance. The chairmen hold all power. All the women have to do is attend a meeting once a month. She said the women vice chairmen should be given specific responsibilities and authority.Income and abilities must be increasedDuring the 2018-19 fiscal, around 290 billion taka was allocated to run and develop the local government division. This amounted to 7 per cent of the national budget. Of this, of course, over 250 billion taka is the development budget. Local taxes are the only source of revenue for the local government. But under the the union parishad and upazila parishad laws, the councils are unable to collect adequate taxes. The local governments are thus in a dilemma.Chairman of the Aranagar union parishad in Dhamirhat upazila of Naogaon, Shahajahan Ali, told Prothom Alo that the union has very little revenue and the allocations are inadequate. The local administration carries out development work through contractors and do not bother to even consult the union parishad. He said that the workforce and allocations both have to be increased and the council must be consulted about development work.The law gives the local government responsibility for all sorts of work, such as maintaining law and order in the area, protecting the canals, rivers and water bodies, preventing violence against women or implementing the government’s development programmes. But in actuality, their functions are limited to some infrastructure construction, revenue collection, issuing certificates and some arbitration.The government is not taking any measures to build up the financial and administrative abilities of the local government so that they may carry out these functions. And the government also hardly monitors the functioning of the local government institutions.Unkept promisesPrime minister Sheikh Hasina visited the local government ministry after forming the government in 2014. She said that power should be decentralised and the local government strengthened. The local government tiers would be restructured and gradually given responsibility for health, education, law and order infrastructure development, social security and other development plans.Awami League’s manifesto for the 11th parliamentary polls also gave importance to the local government. It was said that communications, drinking water, waste management, health, education, sanitation, power and energy supply would be given to the local government to handle. But that would mean a much larger role for the local government to play.Secretary of SHUJAN (Citizens for Good Governance), Badiul Alam Majumdar, said that the constitution has already placed the responsibility on the shoulders of the local elected representatives to resolve all local problems. The government in power must understand that the local government is an autonomous body, free of government influence and also free of any control by the members of parliament.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakat