LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Even with still a game left in the group stage, Pasig is already assured of a spot in the playoffs on Friday after the Katara dropped to 0-2 in Pool A. The top two in each pool move on the next round.Pasig Chooks faces top club team Liman at 12:25 am to decide the top seeding in their pool.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Fiba 3×3 Masters: PH’s Balanga Chooks stuns no. 3 Riga GhettoStatham finished with nine points for Pasig while Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup MVP Munzon added seven points. @Munzonn showing less mercy than The Night King!#3x3WT pic.twitter.com/qYiNtZhXJZ— FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) April 18, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Taylor Statham leads the way for Pasig Chooks. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Not to be outdone, Pasig Chooks also scored an impressive 21-14 victory over Katara of Qatar to kick off its campaign in the 2019 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Masters in Doha, Qatar.After Balanga’s huge win earlier, Pasig Chooks made it a perfect start so far for the Philippine teams with Joshua Munzon and Taylor Statham, the country’s top 3×3 players, leading the way.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fiba 3×3 World Masters: PH’s Balanga Chooks stuns no. 3 Riga Ghetto Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. #3x3WT Final Scores Watch Day 1 of #3x3WT Doha Masters LIVE! FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics📺 https://t.co/G7cv5kgogn pic.twitter.com/fxphX5dUx3— FIBA3x3 (@FIBA3x3) April 18, 2019 Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments
Indian tennis ace Leander Paes has again changed his partner and will play with reigning French Open men’s singles champion Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland at this week’s Cincinnati Masters here.Paes partnered reigning men’s singles Olympic champion Andy Murray in Montreal last week where he lost to Andy’s elder brother Jamie, who partnered Australian John Peers in the second round.Paes and Wawrinka, who had won the men’s doubles Olympic gold with compatriot Roger Federer back in 2008, will take on Kevin Anderson and Jeremy Chardy in the first round on Monday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.Indo-Romanian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea have been seeded fifth and have got a first round bye.Indo-Swiss women’s doubles combine of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are also taking part in the tournament. The reigning Wimbledon champions have been seeded No.1 and have also received a first round bye.
Houston, Nov 6 (PTI) A motorist is emerging as a hero in the Texas church shooting as he along with another man pursued the heavily armed gunman in a high-speed car chase after the deadly attack, preventing more casualties.The gunman, identified as Devin Patrick Kelly 26, who was sporting a ballistic vest, opened fire on a small-town Texas church during the Sunday service, killing at least 26 people and wounding another 20.Johnnie Langendorff was driving down near the church on his way to his girlfriends house, when the local man who too was armed with a rifle sought his help to pursue Kelly and prevent further mayhem.Reacting to the incident, US President Donald Trump, who is in Japan, said it was fortunate that another person on the scene had a firearm, otherwise “it would have been much worse.”Trump said it was fortunate that another person on the scene had a firearm, otherwise “it would have been much worse.”Langendorff said not much was running through his head when the local man, whom he did not know, explained to him the situation, according to KSAT television news channel.”The gentleman with the rifle came to my truck as the shooter took off, and he briefed me quickly on what had just happened, and said that we had to get him and so thats what I did,” Langendorff said.The chase ensued after the man exchanged gunfire at the church with Kelley, who then fled the scene.”He just hurt so many people, and he just affected so many peoples lives … Why wouldnt you want to take him down?” he said about the attacker.advertisementLangendorff told the channel that they chased the shooter for nearly 18-km and went up to a speed of over 150 kmph before Kelleys car crashed and the police arrived.Langendorff stayed on the phone with dispatch as they drove, giving them updates on their location and direction, letting them know the vehicle was in sight and they were getting closer and closer.Then, near the intersection of Hartfield and Sandy Elm roads, Kelley appeared to lose control of his SUV.”Its like he just gave up. He just kind of went off in the ditch, hit a hay bale from what I could see, and then he just never moved after that,” Langendorff said.”The gentleman who was with me got out, rested his rifle on my hood and kept it aimed at him, telling him to Get out. Get out. There was no movement. There was none of that.”Langendorff said Kelleys brake lights were going on and off.”So he might have been unconscious from the crash or something like that,” he said. “Im not sure.”It took about five to seven minutes for the police to arrive on the scene.According to a news release from Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt, Kelley was found dead inside the vehicle. The cause of death is still under investigation.”It was a horrible tragedy,” Langendorff said, “but I hope the families affected can sleep a little better at night knowing that he was taken care of.”DPS Regional Director Freeman Martin said the mans shooting caused Kelley to drop his weapon.Martin could not immediately confirm if the attacker got hit by the man but said it was safe to say his actions saved lives and prevented more mayhem. PTI KIS AKJ KIS
Vivo will launch its crazy all-screen phone, the Nex, in India in the third week of July if a new 91 Mobiles report is to be gone by. It isn’t clear whether Vivo will bring both the Nex S and the Nex A to India or just one of the two. While the Nex S is Vivo’s top-of-the-line phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB RAM and an in-display fingerprint scanner, the Nex A is the same phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and 6GB RAM and a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Quite obviously then, the Nex S will be a more expensive offering while the Nex A will be what you can call a more mainstream option.The USP of the Nex phone is its futuristic design. The Nex has an all-glass front (and back), and an over 90 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. This is because the Nex does not ship with a notch. There’s a small chin at the bottom but overall, the Nex is the most bezel-less phone in the market right now. It is, in fact, the commercial variant of the concept Apex phone that Vivo had showcased at MWC 2018.The Nex does now have a forehead, and as such, the earpiece and sensors are placed underneath the display. Much like it is in the case of the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Unlike the Mi Mix, however, the Nex does not have a bottom seated selfie camera. The Nex, instead, comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. This means that it’s prone to wear and tear over time, although Vivo says, that it can be used hassle-free about 50,000 times and also it can withstand up to 500-grams of weight.Elsewhere the Nex — the Nex S — sports a third-generation in-display fingerprint scanner that’s said to be faster and more accurate than the one we saw on the recently launched Vivo X21. The regular Nex A ships with a conventional rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.Hardware specs include: 6.59-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display, dual rear camera system consisting of one 12-megapixel sensor and another 5-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. The Nex further comes with an 8-megapixel front camera. The phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Fun Touch OS and is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.advertisement
Former India batsman VVS Laxman feels that spinners have found some ‘chinks’ in India skipper Virat Kohli’s batting technique as his woes continue in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League tournament.With just 78 runs from four outings, Kohli’s dismal form in the IPL has many worried, especially with the ICC World Cup just around the corner. Laxman feels that a hard worker that he is in the nets, Virat will eventually sort out the issue, which has been troubling him for long and is just temporary.”Well, I think there are some chinks because it is not the first time they’ve (spinners) got him, especially with the googlies,” VVS Laxman, currently a mentor with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, told India Today in an exclusive interview.”I remember last year too Mujeeb, Zampa and Markande got Virat out. In fact, Shreyas got his wicket before as well. I am sure that is something which Virat will be mindful of. Any pattern that Virat gets out in, he works quite hard on it.”The biggest example of that is the England series. He had a miserable series there in 2013 but the way he bounced back, scoring close to 600 runs on last tour, shows what kind of player he is. He is a special player and I am sure he will work this out as well,” says Laxman, himself a veteran of 134 Tests and 86 ODIs.Even though he has as many as 41 ODI hundreds next to his name till now, Kohli has been found struggling against the spinners time and again, including the last ODI series in England where Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali made him their victim on more than a single occasion.advertisementWith four defeats from as many games, Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to open their account in the points table this season. The side which boasts of many world-class players, including AB de Villiers, has failed to win the tournament even once since the IPL began in 2008.”It will be really disappointing because I know how much pride Virat takes in each and every match he represents, whether for India or for RCB,” said Laxman.”It must be a little disappointing for them but you cannot rule anyone or any team out of the competition so early. It is going to be tough as they have to win 8 or 9 of their remaining games which is going to be real hard work.”I think the next two-three games will be very, very crucial for them. Both Virat and AB de Villiers are such quality batsmen, I think it is time for them show what they are made of. I think both of them will be a little disappointed that there is no other major contributor as far as batting is concerned. Parthiv did well in the last game but others have still not,” he added.Also Read | Virat Kohli as captain of India and RCB: 7 successive losses since March 8Also Read | RCB running out of time, need to win close games: Bowling coach Ashish NehraAlso Read | Virat Kohli after RCB crash to 4th successive defeat: We were competitive
Topics Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Super League Castleford Cory’s father, Mark, is synonymous with Sheffield Eagles. He has coached the Championship side in more than 500 games and as a player is most famous for his man-of-the-match performance in their famous 1998 Challenge Cup final win over Wigan. This created a significant shadow that, until now, has proven difficult for Aston Jr to step out of.His form in the Championship landed him a move to Leeds in 2017 but he failed to feature for the Rhinos. The following year he moved across West Yorkshire to Castleford, but could not break into their side either, even returning on loan to Sheffield in pursuit of regular first-team rugby.“I wouldn’t say I nearly gave up at that point but you do begin to wonder if anyone was going to chuck me into a game,” Aston said. “There have been some tough days and some real low points. Now I’ve had that chance and I can’t thank Daryl [Powell, the Castleford coach] enough, but it’s certainly been a difficult couple of years.”With injuries mounting among the halves at Castleford in recent weeks Aston got his chance and wasted no time in seizing it on Thursday, excelling at half-back and showing signs he can thrive in Super League. However, he almost missed his big break. “I was having a Sunday roast with my dad and the rest of the family and missed the call from Daryl twice!”Aston remains grounded, perhaps a sign of the maturity he has accrued from his formative years in the Championship.“I can close this door now having finally made my Super League debut, but it’s the start of another challenge now to show I can stay in this team. “It’s been tough, but the Championship really does make players. It’s a brutally tough competition but you’ve seen the players who have come through that level, and having played 100 games there I think it’s toughened me up and given me the platform to build from. I am actually proud of doing it this way, the way I’ve got to the top flight.”Aston’s try produced understandably emotional celebrations from the player, as well as from his father, who was watching in the stands. Should the half-back retain his place for the trip to Catalans on Easter Monday – which, given the calibre of his performance on debut, should be a formality – it could be the start of a prolonged run in the first team.“I’ve played a lot of rugby in the Championship, lots for a 24-year-old, actually,” he said. “I have always believed I was ready for this opportunity and now I’ve been given it the onus is on me to keep it going.”Since he burst on to the scene in 2013 the half-back has constantly been referred to as Mark Aston’s son, rather than his own man. Now, having finally made his breakthrough, perhaps he can begin to craft his own path at long last. Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. 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To suggest the 24-year-old has had to bide his time waiting for an opportunity in Super League would be an understatement; after making his long-awaited debut on Thursday night the sense of relief in Aston’s voice was almost palpable.“There were times when I wondered if this would ever actually happen,” the half-back said minutes after his try-scoring debut for Castleford in their 28-26 win against Wakefield. It was not supposed to be this difficult for Aston who emerged at his home-town club, Sheffield, as a highly rated teenager tipped to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. Read more St Helens open up gap at top of Super League with impressive win over Wigan Share on Messenger Since you’re here… features Rugby league Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona make Tottenham striker Kane top choice to replace Suarezby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have placed Tottenham striker Harry Kane top of their shortlist of names to succeed Luis Suarez.Mundo Deportivo says Barca have launched plans to find a replacement for the Uruguay international – and among the names under consideration, Spurs ace Kane is the top choice.While accepting the chances of prising Kane away from Tottenham appear remote, Barca intend to test the resolve of their chairman Daniel Levy later this year with an offer for the England captain.At 25, Barca see Kane as a future Ballon d’Or winner and a player capable of making a global impact on and off the pitch.But Levy is unlikely to consider any type of sale unless the player, himself, kicks up a fuss.
The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor This clarifying face oil also goes on well with a thin and lightweight consistency, but it packs a much more potent scent. U.F.O. contains a 1.5 percent dose salicylic acid, which can be used to eliminate shaving symptoms such as inflammation and redness and can help to fight breakouts. It’s also an effective tool for fighting razor burn with the help of tea tree oil infused with chamomile. These two ingredients avidly seek to heal vexed skin and calm the effects of razor burn. And, as with all moisturizers, U.F.O. helps in the good fight against fine-lines and aging, because no one wants a permanently furrowed brow by fifty.Yay or nay?The products are marketed and advertised toward women, but hey, we live in the era of equality of the sexes and, besides, razor burn doesn’t have a gender–so why not pursue any product that can help alleviate such an everyday annoyance. If you struggle to keep razor burn and irritated skin at bay and you currently don’t have a moisturizer or face oil to keep your face healthy, why not give Martian and U.F.O. a shot. After two weeks of using it, the condition of my skin after shaving has gotten better and I haven’t dealt with the lingering effects of razor burn. It’s not a miracle product, but it’s effective nonetheless. Although they’re a bit pricey — $135 for the bundle — you don’t need to use much during application so it will last a long time. After routinely using Martian and U.F.O., it’ll make you want to shave more just to endure the cooling freshness and matte finish it provides. And let’s face it, some of us need that sort of motivation when it comes to grooming. Anyone who has a beard and sensitive skin knows how fragile your face can be after a shave–especially during the cooler months.Preventing razor burn can be as tough as not scuffing your new pair of all white Adidas. No matter how careful you are, eventually both your skin and the shoes will succumb to external damage and the results will become irritating, both literally and figuratively. By literally we’re, of course, referring to the dreaded razor burn and bumps that results from shaving. Sunday Riley, has a couple of grooming products that can help cool your post-shave sensitivity and provide some serious razor relief.Sunday Riley’s skincare duo, Martian and U.F.O., are an unexpectedly great team for combating razor burn and ridding blemishes. They’re not aftershave products per se, so they don’t necessarily eliminate irritation in its entirety, but they do work together to reduce the chances of red-marks over time and help to shorten the duration of skin irritation. With ingredients such as bentonite clay and a tea tree, chamomile infusion, these two products can heal and sooth skin after a close shave.We tested Sunday Riley’s new Martian and U.F.O. products so y’all know just what to expect before wading in yourself.Martian ($55) How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Faster The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Sunday Riley’s mattifying gel can be thought of as a mildly antiseptic aftershave. With a nice, lotion-like texture and easy absorption upon application, it’s best used right after a shower or face wash and after shaving. In terms of quality and effectiveness, Martian’s marshmallow root and witch hazel soothes any kind of irritation after shaving, while the bentonite clay addition is particularly beneficial because of it’s ability to draw out toxins and unclog sebum from pores, while also leaving an all-day matte finish. Martian also instantly adds a cooling-effect to the irritated area and removes excess oils that may only make matters worse. All in all, it aids your beard in growing back healthy and soft. The products does exude a fairly strong, earthy and mint aroma which can be too much for some. It isn’t an unwelcoming smell, though, and it wears off fast.U.F.O. ($80) How to Grow a Beard: It’s Not Just a Look, It’s a Philosophy
INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Sydney River Bridge The Sydney River Bridge on Keltic Drive is closed for replacement. While the bridge is closed, the province is providing a free shuttle bus service between Coxheath Arena (305 Keltic Dr.) and Walmart (65 Keltic Dr.). A detour route for drivers has also been marked. The shuttle bus schedule is available at http://novascotia.ca/tran/highways/srb.asp . YARMOUTH COUNTY: Gavelton Bridge Gavelton Bridge on Gavel Road is closed for repairs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until early April. During the closure hours, use of the bridge will be restricted to emergency vehicles and school buses. All other traffic should use the detour route marked on Lake Vaughn Road and Raynardton Road. The bridge will be open on weekends. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Conns Mill Bridge Thomson Road, near Highway 104, will be closed from Hansford Siding Road to Conns Mill Road for repairs to the Conns Mill Bridge until Friday, March 28. Detour signs are in place. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. HANTS COUNTY: Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook Bridges The Glen Brook and MacInnis Brook bridges, on Route 202 in West Gore, have a 24-tonne weight restriction until further notice. CONTINUING WORK
HOUSTON — Crews have extinguished a fire that’s burned for days at a Houston-area petrochemicals storage facility.International Terminals Company says the blaze in Deer Park was extinguished as of 3 a.m. Wednesday. The fire began Sunday at the facility southeast of Houston, sending a huge, dark plume of smoke thousands of feet in the air, though officials said air quality remained safe.ITC says crews will continue to spray foam and water on the storage tanks that caught fire to cool them down and prevent the fire from reigniting.The company says steam and smoke will be visible, and the fire could still flare back up.The tanks that caught fire contained components of gasoline and materials used in nail polish remover, glues and paint thinner.The Associated Press
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on United Nations Member States to endorse his proposals to strengthen and reorganize the world body’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA) so that the UN can respond faster and proactively to conflicts before they become bigger and costlier tragedies. Briefing journalists today on the plans, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe said numerous independent reports, including most recently from the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS), have found that DPA is chronically starved of resources and unable to meet ever-growing demands on the UN to prevent and resolve the world’s conflicts. Mr. Pascoe said the extra funds required to pay for the expansion of the department’s preventive diplomacy role are small in comparison to the benefits that a more proactive stance can bring. “It is so obviously cost-effective if we can be successful in stopping the issues, debates, fights, both internal and external,” he said. “It’s so much better if we can do it early on rather than later.” Last month Mr. Ban told the General Assembly’s Fifth Committee, which deals with administrative and budgetary matters, that boosting the UN’s capacity to prevent and resolve conflicts was “among the smartest investments we can make.” The department currently has about 220 staff based at UN Headquarters in New York and a two-year budget of some $64 million. The proposed restructuring will cost about $21 million over the next two years. If the plan is approved by Member States, DPA will gain 70 professional posts and 31 general service staff, while the regional divisions will be re-organized from four units into six: two each for Africa and Asia, and one for Europe and for Latin America. The department will also establish more regional offices, modelled on the lines of the current UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), that are designed to help individual Member States and regional organizations with their preventive diplomacy efforts. Regional offices are planned for Central Asia, and under consideration for the Great Lakes-Central Africa, Central America, South-East Asia and South-Eastern Europe, pending close consultations with Member States in those regions, Mr. Pascoe said. DPA’s mediation unit and its electoral assistance division, which are both already overwhelmed by high workloads, will also be strengthened. The Under-Secretary-General said it was vital that the UN be able to both detect crises before they occur and respond more quickly to them when they do. He described the proposals as a necessary and complementary step in strengthening the UN role in peace and security, following the Secretary-General’s earlier reorganization of UN peacekeeping operations. Mr. Pascoe observed that DPA is already active in dealing with many diplomatic efforts of the UN, including the Darfur conflict in Sudan and the situations in Somalia, Myanmar, Iraq and Nepal. He added that the proposals have received strong support so far in his initial discussions with Member States, especially in Africa, where governments have called for greater UN assistance on the preventive diplomacy front. 6 November 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on United Nations Member States to endorse his proposals to strengthen and reorganize the world body’s Department of Political Affairs (DPA) so that the UN can respond faster and proactively to conflicts before they become bigger and costlier tragedies.
Recalling that last year’s UN Millennium Summit had pledged to address war, poverty and environmental pollution, Mr. Annan said, “Nowhere in the world are those challenges more acute than here in Africa, so it is more than fitting that the entire UN family should be meeting here to discuss how we can work most effectively for the implementation of the Millennium goals.”Without action, international targets would “hardly do more than express a wish or an aspiration,” the Secretary-General stressed during a press conference. He observed that the impact of those targets would depend on an “unprecedented effort” by Member States and the UN family. “We, the family, are here to discuss how each of us can best play our part, and we are here to discuss how we can spur our Member States to play theirs to the full,” he said.Noting that the ultimate responsibility in ensuring that the Millennium goals translate into reality rests with Member States, Mr. Annan expressed hope “that as the UN system meets here in Nairobi, an equally lively debate is also taking place in capitals about how we can meet our obligations and commitments.”During his press conference, Mr. Annan was asked to react to the decision by United States President George W. Bush to reject the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions. “I regret the US decision, but I think that gives us one more reason to fight in a more determined manner to bring environmental issues into focus,” the Secretary-General replied. “We need to take steps to halt climate warming — it is a fact.”Twenty of the 25 UN agencies, funds and programmes are represented at the highest levels at the two-day meeting of the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC), which meets twice a year.Over the course of this morning’s session, the participants discussed the need for a mobilization of all actors against AIDS in Africa. A substantial part of the meeting tomorrow is expected to focus on ways of strengthening system-wide support for sustainable development on the continent.After the morning session, the Secretary-General spoke with some 2,000 UN staff working in Nairobi. He also met briefly with two of the aid workers who had been just released from captivity in north Mogadishu, Somalia.According to a UN spokesman, the two remaining captives — British nationals Bill Condie and Roger Carter — have been visited on a regular basis by a local staff officer of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), who reported that they are in stable condition.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Nijal Pearson scored a career-high 33 points and Texas State used a second-half offensive eruption to blast Portland 91-68 on Saturday night in the Portland Classic Championship game.Texas State (5-1) led 36-34 at halftime, and after intermission, proceeded to shoot 20 of 32 (62.5 per cent) including 9 of 13 (69) from 3-point range. Portland’s shooting went in the opposite direction as the Pilots (5-3) shot 25 per cent (7 of 28) from the field.Pearson finished 12 of 18 shooting and 6 of 9 from 3-point range, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player this weekend and surpassed 1,100 career points. Pearson also finished with three steals to give him 103 to move into 10th-place all time in school history.Tre’Larenz Nottingham scored 11 and Chandler Davis scored 10 for the Bobcats.JoJo Walker led the Pilots with 17 points and Marcus Shaver Jr. scored 13.The Associated Press
The pinch point programme was established in 2011 to relieve congestion, stimulate growth in local economies and improve safety. Small-scale projects generally costing up to £10 million were chosen, with work often involving changes to junctions, adding traffic lights, widening slip roads and new signage. The programme was largely delivered by Highways England’s predecessor, the Highways Agency, and was completed by March 2016.RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes told the Press Association: “It’s very disappointing that Highways England’s work to tackle pinch points on its road network has not been as successful as had been hoped.”While congestion has been reduced at peak times of the day, unfortunately many schemes have seen increased traffic at off-peak periods, mostly due to traffic lights being introduced.”Luckily, it seems as though there are some simple steps that can be taken to improve the worst of these new off-peak traffic flow issues, such as changing signals to work part-time instead of full-time.”It is also important to realise that this work was not just about reducing congestion and that many schemes have seen small reductions in the number of road casualties.” “This useful insight is helping us develop improved appraisal methods for small-scale schemes, which in turn help us deliver improved benefits to people using our motorways and major A roads.”Meanwhile, we are considering a range of options to improve journeys by using traffic signals which respond to traffic flows.” Traffic lights introduced on motorways have made congestion worse despite Highways England spending £317m on schemes, a government report has revealed.The report by Highways England showed that a pinch point programme to tackle particularly congested areas of road often resulted in faster rush hour journeys, but slower journeys at other times of the day.Overall, journey times were slower than before the money was spent to try and ease congestion, improve safety and boost growth in local economies.Highways England believed the slower overall journey times were mainly caused by the introduction of traffic lights, with 44% of the schemes introducing the new signalling.The RAC described the findings as “very disappointing”.There were 119 congested areas of road that received a share of the £317m funding, announced in the 2011 Budget.The report looked at the first-year impact of 54 of the 119 schemes carried out on England’s motorways and major A roads. Nearly half of the schemes with an aim to cut journey times failed to achieve that goal.The report concluded that it must consider the impact of projects “across all 168 hours of the week, not just the 10-30 peak hours”.Future schemes must “better consider how to mitigate the downsides while maintaining the upsides”, the document added. A spokesman for Highways England said: “This report shows that overall, these schemes… were successful at tackling congestion at the busiest times and improving safety. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM), in conjunction with the Consulate General in Melbourne, organised an event at the Greek Centre to welcome the vice president of the European Network of Greeks in Local Government to Victoria. At the same time, board members of the GCM provided certificates of recognition to Melbourne’s local mayors and councillors of Greek background for their outstanding contributions to the Community.Almost 20 councillors and mayors attended the event at the GCM, and it was the first time that they had ever gathered as a collective.GCM President Bill Papastergiadis said “Greece was the birthplace of democracy and local government is at the coalface of modern democracy” during his opening address.“The work of mayors and councillors is fundamental to the functioning of our community,” he said. “Now is the time to harness their contributions and seek to ensure that we, as a community, work collaboratively. A more unified approach between key leaders in Local Government and the GCM will help achieve better collective outcomes for our community. This collaboration will lead to the development of leadership programs and funding opportunities for various projects. Special thanks need to be extended to Mr Pandazopoulos for his consistent effort to develop these relationships.”Theo Markos (vice president of the GCM) was the MC of the event. Mr Markos highlighted the historical connection between former board members of the GCM and their election to various councils in Victoria.Victorian politician John Pandazopoulos, himself a former mayor, also spoke succinctly about the need for collaboration and the strategic importance of the proposed visit. Mr Pandazopoulos plays a crucial role in these events by bringing together key stakeholders.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 22, 2017 – Nassau – When the starting gun sounds at the highly-anticipated Potcakeman Triathlon Saturday, one competitor will already be a winner. She’s Viviane Proffitt, teacher, wife, mother and animal lover who walked away with the Pet Food Institute’s pre-race prize, full body running gear and her entry fee paid.“This is the second year that the Pet Food Institute (PFI) has held an essay contest ahead of the great event, the Potcakeman Triathlon, and when we saw Viviane’s entry posted on Potcakeman Triathlon’s page, we knew instantly we had a winner,” said PFI representative Sandra Kemp. “How could anyone top a woman who has four dogs, including two rescue dogs and writes, ‘There is nothing like coming home to wagging tails, waiting for you to take them out for a walk, fun or cycle!’”As it turned out, there was even more reason to applaud Proffitt. Along with four dogs, she has three hamsters, two guinea pigs, a husband and three children. And she rescues tadpoles.Proffitt says she inherited her love for animals. “My mother is an animal fanatic,” said Proffitt, who teaches Spanish at the primary school level. “We lived in St. Martin and there was an area called the Lowlands where people would drop their stray animals. Mom would take them in. At one time we had 24 dogs.”Though this will be the first time Proffitt will don a PFI dri-fit running suit, it won’t be her first time entering the race. She competed for the first time last year in the swim, cycle, run test of human endurance and won her age category.This is the third year PFI has helped to sponsor the event organized by the non-profit organization BAARK (Bahamas Alliance for Animal Rights and Kindness). Funds raised go toward the spay/neuter and education programs throughout The Bahamas. The organization has spearheaded efforts with veterinarians and other volunteers assisting in more than 7,000 sterilizations since its founding in 2010, more than 1,000 so far this year.“PFI is proud to support efforts that bring awareness to the importance of the proper feeding and care of domestic pets,” said Kemp. “The problem of stray dogs is not unique to The Bahamas. Unfortunately, it is a challenge throughout the region and one of the reasons that the Pet Food Institute’s work is so important.”Hundreds are expected to turn out to watch, volunteer or participate in the Potcakeman Triathlon set to start at 7:30 am at Jaws Beach. Events range from a splash ‘n dash for little tykes to Olympic distance race for serious athletes. There is even a ‘puppy tri’ for four-legged participants.“This is probably going to be the most competitive series of races to date,” said race director Sarah Kennedy. “We have competitors traveling from the USA and Canada.”The Pet Food Institute-Caribbean is a non-profit organisation that promotes initiatives to advance pet nutrition and the overall quality of pet food in The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, and Jamaica. For more information please visit http://www.pficaribbean.com, or to showcase the pets you love, follow us on Facebook or Instagram @pficaribbean.Release: DPA Related Items:
George Spencer, 71, and his wife, Sharon, stood along Officers Row watching the 27th annual Veterans Parade at Fort Vancouver presented by the Lough Legacy on Saturday.As recent arrivals in Clark County, it was the Spencers’ first time to view the parade. They were treated to dry weather and a display of more than 2,500 individuals — including veterans, Gold Star families, scout troops, Buffalo Soldiers and marching bands — at the Fort Vancouver National Site.“I see so many young faces here,” said George Spencer, who served two tours in Vietnam and traveled the world during a 22-year stint in the Marine Corps. “That makes everything I did worthwhile.”“My favorite part, other than the military, was watching the Prairie High School Junior ROTC and the Young Marines from Clark County,” he said. “That shows how military life is shared with the community here.”Martin and Marilyn Siebrasse, newcomers from Palm Beach, Fla., also were watching their first parade. Martin, 68, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967 and did a 1965-66 tour in Vietnam.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) employees who are members of trade unions GMB and Unite are to vote on proposals to replace the government organisation’s current final salary pension scheme with a career average revalued earnings (CARE) arrangement.The consultative ballot will open on Monday 12 June 2017 and close on Friday 30 June 2017.The change would affect 16,000 employees if the proposal is successful. The deal includes replacing a final salary scheme with a CARE arrangement. This would involve an increase in the accrual rate, rising from 1/80 of pensionable pay and a lump sum of 3/80 of pensionable pay for each year of service to an accrual rate of 1/58 of pensionable pay in the CARE scheme with no additional lump sum. This represents an increase of 38% in the accrual rate.The proposed CARE arrangement, which is still a defined benefit (DB) scheme, would also see member contributions increase by a total of 3.2% of pensionable pay. Contributions would be tiered according to the level of tax relief members receive on their contributions.This would mean that employees eligible for 20% tax relief would pay a 7% contribution, those eligible for 40% tax relief would have to pay a 9% contribution, and those set to receive 45% tax relief would contribute 11%. Employees on low incomes who do not receive tax relief would not have to increase their pension contributions.Contributions would rise by a maximum of 1% a year until the required level of contribution is reached.A further change is how the scheme is revalued. The CARE scheme would increase in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), while with the current final salary scheme, accrued pension benefits rise in line with salary increases in the period before the member retires or leaves.Many of the established benefits linked to the scheme, such as ill-health benefits and death in service, would remain unchanged under the proposed changes.The proposals were compiled by energy minister Jesse Norman, and trade unions Unite, GMB and Aslef.An spokesperson at NDA said: “Earlier in the year, the NDA ran a consultation process with all affected employees across its estate. Discussions with the trade unions on this issue are already well advanced; the unions seeking the views of their members is an important part of this process.”Kevin Coyne, national officer for energy at Unite, said: “After more than a year of intensive negotiations, we believe that on the pension issue this is the best deal that can be achieved by negotiation. A significant achievement was to roll back the £620 million savings demanded by the Treasury to a more manageable figure of £320 million.“The proposals remove the protections that the unions won for the [employees] on the denationalisation of the industry in the 1990 Electricity Act, but an amendment to the act will ensure the CARE scheme will inherit new protections. Unite is currently conducting a major briefing exercise to inform our members of the new proposals and what it means to their future retirement incomes.”Justin Bowden, national secretary for energy at the GMB, added: “Following the threat by GMB and the other unions of the first strike in the nuclear industry for a generation, intervention by the energy minster Jesse Norman led to genuine negotiations and replacement of the £660 million raid on GMB members’ retirements with an improved ‘pay more to get more pension’ offer.“GMB delayed consulting our members on the improved offer until after the general election. GMB members will now be balloted on the improved offer from 12 June until 30 June with the recommendation that this is the best that can be from negotiations.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a suspect after a Fort Lauderdale mother was shot and killed, Tuesday.Detectives are on the lookout for Dytadious Mobley who, authorities said, gunned down his ex-girlfriend’s mother.Bernice Jefferson was killed inside her home near Northwest 15th Avenue and West Sunrise Boulevard.If you have any information on Mobley’s whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Gandhinagar: The Gandhinagar police on Sunday found an unknown male dead body aged about 35 to 40 years lying near Bansilalpet steps in Secunderabad. After receiving information, a patrolling car rushed to the spot and the staff made inquiries with the nearby people about the deceased, but failed to get any details. Later, the police shifted the body to Gandhi Hospital and preserved it for identification. They registered a case under Section 174 CrPC and took up investigation.