Drummond powers Pistons past Kings Jameer Nelson added 13 points, Darius Miller had 11, and Jrue Holiday 10 for New Orleans. The Pelicans improved to 4-2 on the road.Justin Holiday had 18 points, Denzel Valentine added 16 and Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez had 14 apiece for the Bulls. They were coming off their first road victory.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 shutoutBoth teams looked sluggish completing their first back-to-backs of the season. The Bulls shot 35.4 percent from the field to the Pelicans’ 40.2 percent.Cousins made two of three foul shots for a 91-86 lead with 2:35 left in overtime before Nelson hit a 3 for a 96-88 lead with 48.9 seconds remaining. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH RETURN LOOMINGBulls forward Bobby Portis’ eight-game suspension ended Saturday. Coach Fred Hoiberg refrained from saying whether Portis will play Tuesday at Toronto. Portis was suspended Oct. 18 due to injuring teammate Nikola Mirotic in a fight at practice.Mirotic suffered broken bones in his face and a concussion and is expected to miss four to six weeks. He has been working out, but has yet to get on the court, Hoiberg said. “The important thing is he’s making progress and is in good spirits,” Hoiberg said.TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans split two preseason games against the Bulls. … The Pelicans improved to 3-2 on the road with Friday’s 99-94 victory at Dallas. New Orleans had not been above .500 on the road after more than one game since 2010-11. … Cousins and Davis are the only teammates among the league’s top five scorers.Bulls: G David Nwaba exited with a right ankle sprain with 5:17 remaining in the third quarter. He had seven points and four rebounds. … Brothers Jrue Holiday (New Orleans) and Justin Holiday (Chicago) both started. … Markkanen is one of nine NBA players since 1983 to have at least 115 points and 65 rebounds in his first seven career games. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) and Chicago Bulls forward Paul Zipser (16). APCHICAGO — Anthony Davis had 27 points and 16 rebounds to lead the New Orleans Pelicans to a 96-90 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).DeMarcus Cousins added 25 points and 11 rebounds — 18 and seven after halftime — to help the Pelicans snap a six-game, regular-season losing streak to the Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters 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 View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES Davis rebounded Lopez’s putback attempt with 9.7 seconds remaining in regulation. Holiday missed at the other end with 3.3 to go before Cousins blocked Lopez to send the game to overtime.The Pelicans opened the final quarter on a 20-7 run to take a 77-71 lead. Valentine hit a 3 to put the Bulls ahead 83-81 with 2:28 left before Davis dunked to tie it.Justin Holiday scored 10 points in the third quarter for the Bulls, who led by as much as nine and 64-57 after the period.The Pelicans shot 40.5 percent from the field to the Bulls’ 32.6 percent in the first half of a tied game. Davis led New Orleans with 14, and Lopez had nine for Chicago.Cousins had just seven points and four rebounds at halftime after averaging 29 points and 14 rebounds per game and posting two 20-point, 20-rebound games in his previous five contests.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Sachin Tendulkar on Friday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him about his upcoming biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”.The 44-year-old legendary cricketer, who is also a Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha, tweeted a picture of him with Modi, saying that he received the Prime Minister’s blessings ahead of the release of his much-anticipated film.Briefed our Hon’ble PM @narendramodi about the film #SachinABillionDreams & received his blessings. pic.twitter.com/XEwcBpKELA- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 19, 2017Tendulkar also thanked the PM for his encouraging and inspiring words.Thank you for your inspiring message @narendramodi ji ‘Jo khele, Wahi khile!’ Could not have agreed more. #SachinABillionDreams pic.twitter.com/irqm7q51sL- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 19, 2017The film, produced by Ravi Bhagchandka of 200 Not Out and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Motion Pictures, is slated for release on May 26.WATCH VIDEO HEREDirected by James Erskine, it will be the first film releasing on Friday at the end of Indian Premier League this year.The movie will encapsulate Tendulkar’s struggle and unknown and little known facts about him. The makers had seen 10,000 hours of archived footage to do some research for the film.The film’s trailer was launched last month at a packed Juhu auditorium. The trailer gave the eager audience a hint of what the film has in store for Sachin’s fans. With glimpses of key scenes from the film showing moments of cricketing glory, personal moments, unseen footage from the dressing room and much more, the film promises to be every Sachin fan’s dream come true.advertisementThe Master Blaster, in an interview with India Today last week, spoke about what can be expected from the biopic which has already garnered a lot of attention worldwide.”The audience will get to see my romance with Anjali (Tendulkar). How I met my wife and how we took it forward is part of film.”The biopic will show things that no one else had access to before. I had to speak with the whole family before coming out with this film. The most important objective is that the fans should have something to take back,” Tendulkar told India Today’s consulting editor Boria Majumdar in an exclusive chat.The film’s music has been composed by the legendary AR Rahman and the songs are already being loved by the masses. Tendulkar said even the current members of the Indian cricket team cannot wait to see the film themselves.
NEW YORK — Mark Teixeira failed to get in on the fun on May 25. He made up for it a night later.Teixeira homered and drove in four runs, Adam Warren pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 May 26 to send the AL champions to their first three-game skid this season.Teixeira was the only Yankees’ starter without a hit during their 14-1 rout of Kansas City on May 25, which stopped a six-game losing streak. He had two important extra-base hits as New York won consecutive games for the first time since May 10-11.“You want to back up a win like yesterday with another good performance,” Teixeira said. “Fourteen runs is nice, but if you lose the next night, you’re kind of back to where you started. Getting two in a row was big for us.”Warren (3-3) was perfect until Mike Moustakas beat out a hit to second baseman Stephen Drew on the outfield grass in right-center with one out in the fourth. The only other hit he allowed was Paulo Orlando’s first major league homer in the sixth.Lifted after 6 1-3 innings, Warren struck out five without walking a batter in the best of his 12 big league starts. He’s pitched at least 6 1-3 innings in each of his last three starts.“I feel like I’m getting more comfortable in this role,” Warren said. “I feel like I’m starting to get on a roll a bit, and I’m starting to get more confidence out there and I feel like I can get deeper in games.”Teixeira connected off Jason Vargas (3-2) for a two-run shot in the first — giving the Yankees 10 first-inning runs against Kansas City in the series — and doubled in two more in the fifth against Joe Blanton. The switch-hitter has more homers (14) than singles this year (13).Teixeira advanced to third on the double when center fielder Lorenzo Cain bobbled the ball for an error and scored on Chase Headley’s sacrifice fly, caught by Gold Glover Alex Gordon with a tumbling catch on the sinking liner.Cain made a leaping catch in front of the wall for the third out of the inning, and Teixeira stood in the dugout with his hand on his head and mouth agape, stunned.Vargas was activated off the disabled list to make the start, taking the spot of Danny Duffy, who went on the DL May 25 with biceps tendinitis.Vargas was on a 75-pitch limit and Manager Ned Yost stuck to it, pulling the left-hander after four innings, one pitch over the set ceiling. He struck out six and gave up four hits in his first outing since May 5.I thought coming back off the DL, he was pretty darn sharp,” Yost said. “Just one pitch, he tried to go down and away and it kind of ran back middle-middle to Teixeira. But six punch-outs in four innings, he threw the ball really well.”Vargas has not beaten the Yankees in eight starts and nine appearances, dropping to 0-5.Yankees reliever Dellin Betances extended his streak of not allowing a hit to 31 batters by striking out the side in the eighth. He’s walked two and yielded a sacrifice fly in the run.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
CHICAGO — Two sweet swings by Lucas Duda put New York in position for a playoff sweep of the Chicago Cubs, and Daniel Murphy finished the job for the Mets.Next up is a trip to the World Series.Murphy homered for a record sixth consecutive post-season game, and the Mets brushed aside the Cubs 8-3 the night of Oct. 21, capping a National League Championship Series in which New York never trailed.“I can’t explain it. It’s such a blessing to contribute to what we’ve been able to do,” Murphy said.Duda hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the second, silencing a crowd of 42,227 desperately hoping for the beginning of an epic comeback in Game 4.Not this time. Not with New York’s array of power arms, and Murphy swinging a hot stick that made him the NLCS MVP.The Mets advanced to the World Series for the first time since they lost to the crosstown Yankees in five games in 2000. They will play at either Toronto or Kansas City in Game 1 on Oct. 27; the Royals lead 3-2 in the ALCS.But the first big question for New York is the health of center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who left in the second inning with soreness in his left shoulder. Any health issue for the slugger could be a big factor in the next round.“Cespedes’ shoulder is going to be OK,” Manager Terry Collins said. “They didn’t think there was any damage.”The Cubs, meanwhile, still haven’t won the crown since 1908. Manager Joe Maddon’s wild-card bunch surged into this series, but was overmatched and fell behind in the first inning of every game.“They smothered us early and that’s always a great game plan,” Maddon said.When Dexter Fowler looked at a called third strike for the final out, Jeurys Familia dropped to his knees in front of the mound and then hopped up for a hug from catcher Travis d’Arnaud. They were soon joined by the rest of their jubilant teammates in the infield grass.By wrapping it up fast, the Mets can now set up their imposing rotation how they want for the World Series. Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard will all be on full rest, and then some.“This is a long time coming,” third baseman David Wright said.Right when it looked as if his historic streak was coming to an end, Murphy connected for a two-run drive to center against Fernando Rodney in the eighth inning.The second baseman raised his right arm as he rounded first after his seventh homer of the playoffs — the string includes a shot in the deciding Game 5 of the division series at Dodger Stadium last week.Murphy, who was tied with Carlos Beltran for the postseason homer streak, finished with four hits and batted .529 (9-for-17) in the series.D’Arnaud also homered as the Mets won their fifth pennant. Bartolo Colon pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for his first playoff win since 2001, for Cleveland at Seattle.The 14 years, 12 days between postseason victories for the 42-year-old right-hander snapped the major league record of exactly 14 years for Milt Wilcox, according to STATS.Rookie Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer for Chicago in the eighth, but it was way too late for the Cubs in their first appearance in the NLCS in 12 years.The Cubs shut out Pittsburgh in the wild-card game and eliminated rival St. Louis in the division series, but were unable to mount much of a challenge against the Mets’ talented pitching staff.“I think we’re in a place nobody expected us to be and we can be proud of that,” Bryant said. “We were four wins away from going to the World Series. I think a lot of people didn’t really expect us to be here.”The Cubs also loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, and came away with only one run on Kyle Schwarber’s grounder to first. Starlin Castro lined right to Wright at third on a hard smash for the first out.While the Mets’ pitching dominated much of the series, it was clear the Cubs were in trouble after aces Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta dropped the first two games in New York. Kyle Hendricks lasted just four innings on Oct. 20 and Jason Hammel was even worse in Game 4.With two out and a runner on in the first, Hammel walked Cespedes before Duda hit a long drive to center for his first playoff homer.D’Arnaud followed with a shot to right for the Mets’ second set of consecutive homers in playoff history, joining Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds in Game 4 of the 1988 NLCS against Los Angeles.Hammel was replaced by Travis Wood after a one-out walk in the second, and Duda drove home two more runs with a double into the gap in right-center. Duda was just 3-for-24 in the playoffs coming into the night.___JAY COHEN, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
France Croatia Read more Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook Mario Mandzukic, pictured scoring the decisive extra-time goal against England, shows he remains an energetic threat while all around him are tiring. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP World Cup 2018 features Thomas Hitzlsperger The contrast in styles is less marked for Croatia but just as Matuidi offers balance for Mbappé by tucking in on the French left, so Ante Rebic’s defensive work gives Perisic licence. The wide man is averaging 3.8 fouls per game, more than anybody else at the World Cup, an indication of the enthusiasm with which he presses.Croatia prospered in the second half against England by getting their full-backs forward to support the attack. With Perisic and Rebic forcing Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young back, England struggled for width high up the pitch, which placed an intolerable workload on the three-man midfield – in retrospect, it probably would have made sense for Southgate to have shifted Sterling wide in a 5-4-1 and to have tried to staunch the flow down the flanks.It was, ultimately, Sime Vrsaljko’s cross that brought Perisic’s equaliser. Although Chadli, in the first half at least, found a surprising amount of space getting forward from right-back for Belgium, it seems unlikely Matuidi will be so stretched again, unless Croatia really dominate in central midfield.Clash of midfield giants Kylian Mbappé: the fast learner who takes it all in his rapid stride Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Pinterest Paul Pogba has had an excellent tournament. He has not been flashy, he has not been sidetracked into needless tricks – he has not even played with the obvious sense of chafing at restraints he did at the Euros two years ago. Mbappé at least plays on the right, which means his speed will not be directed at Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida. Ivan Strinic is far less cumbersome than either central defender, but it is not clear how fit he is having been forced off against England – and to go off in that game, given how fatigued Croatia were, you had to be properly injured or completely exhausted; by the end Zlatko Dalic was in effect operating a triage station from his technical area.The concern for Croatia, though, must be that there have been repeated occasions over the past year or so when Strinic has been isolated, given little defensive support from his left-winger Ivan Perisic. Whatever happens, Croatia cannot allow Mbappé to get a run at Strinic with space behind him. My friend Didier Deschamps has always been a step ahead Ivan Perisic is given licence up front by Ante Rebic’s defensive work behind him. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images The left-right skew Football tactics This has been a disciplined Pogba – helped no doubt by N’Golo Kanté’s extraordinary energy all around him and the presence of Matuidi to protect his left flank – and he has been a key factor in an efficiently pragmatic structure. But this is his greatest test as he comes into direct confrontation with Luka Modric, who has been central to everything Croatia have done.At this World Cup, nobody has run further than Modric’s 63km. No Croat has scored more goals than Modric. No Croat has played more passes. No Croat has played more through-balls. He has completed 2.7 key passes per game, almost double the next highest figure for a Croatian. Only Rebic has dribbled more. In the squad, only Marcelo Brozovic has completed more passes of players who have started more than one game. It is not the case that if you stop Modric you stop Croatia, but if you can negate him, you gum up their system.The Mandzukic threat Twitter Twitter Mario Mandzukic is an extraordinary player, embodying the spirit in this Croatia team that makes victory in the final against a side that should be far fresher just about plausible. Against Russia in the quarter-final and against England, he was clearly shattered, but dragged himself to his limits, pressuring the opposing defence and having the alertness to steal behind John Stones to score the winner.The physical threat that has seen him win 4.6 aerial duels per game is not his only asset, but it is his main one. Raphaël Varane has excelled so far; in terms of neutering the threat posed by Croatia, much depends on whether he can maintain his record of winning 72.7% per cent of the aerial duels in which he has been involved so far. Topics Facebook Paul Pogba’s exuberance has been reined in and has contributed to fine, disciplined performances in Russia. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters The Observer Share on Facebook Pinterest France v Croatia is the final a World Cup full of surprises deserves Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Dealing with MbappéGiven how Croatia struggled to deal with the pace of Raheem Sterling in the first half against England, their biggest problem against France is likely to be handling Kylian Mbappé, who is not merely quicker than Sterling but physically more powerful and far, far more effective in front of goal.The second half of the semi-final offers some encouragement, given how much more compact Croatia became once they stopped chasing an instant equaliser. But France are very unlikely to become as ragged as England did, and they certainly will not keep surrendering possession with a string of aimless long balls. Sometimes asymmetric teams balance out. In France’s semi-final against Belgium, say, the tendency for Mbappé to play much higher on the right than Blaise Matuidi does on the left of France’s 4-2-3-1 meshed with the Belgian structure, in which Jan Vertonghen sat deep at left-back, denying Mbappé space to run into, while Nacer Chadli, a midfielder playing at full-back, pushed high on the Belgian right. That is not the case in the final.Both sides prefer to attack down the same flank: 45% of Croatia’s attacks have come down their left as opposed to 33% on the right; while 42% of French attacks have come down their right as opposed to 37% on the left.It is not just that Strinic could be exposed by Perisic, it’s that the France right-back Benjamin Pavard – who got forward to make it 2-2 against Argentina – can be exposed by Mbappé (albeit in a system that is far more cautious than Croatia’s). World Cup Read more Marcel Desailly Read more Share on Messenger
INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- CONTINUING WORK 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. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction on Highway 102, at the bridges over the Shubenacadie River, will continue until September. Traffic is moving in both directions, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. 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. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 – Port Hastings RotaryTrunk 4 at the Port Hastings Rotary will have partial lane closures during the installation of an overhead sign. The work will last until Friday, May 1. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The bridge is open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year.
New Delhi: Hydrocarbon exploration companies may be given more time to commercialise their finds with the government looking at a new policy to augment the country’s flagging domestic oil and gas production, official sources said on Wednesday. They said that a proposal is being considered by the oil ministry that may allow oil companies get tax incentives like a tax holiday scheme even if there is a delay in bringing an exploration block to production. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe move will benefit companies such as state-run ONGC and private players Reliance, Cairn Oil and Gas and Nayara Energy who have participated in the auction of various oil and gas blocks by the government but are yet to commercialise several of their finds. It is expected that the announcement on extending the tax holiday sunset given under section 80-IB of the Income Tax Act may be made in the upcoming Budget as the government wants to give a signal to investors that it remains committed to the cause of boosting domestic oil and gas production. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThe Finance Act, 2011, withdrew the tax holiday for production from blocks which were awarded under contracts licensed after March 31, 2011. Later, the Finance Act, 2016, introduced a sunset clause which provided that no tax holiday would be available if commercial production of oil is started after March 31, 2017. These provisions have disincentivised several exploration projects where commercial production has got delayed due to geological, regulatory, or operational factors. While oil and gas blocks awarded after March 31, 2011, are not covered by any tax incentive scheme, the changes would allow previous exploration activities to get a level playing field. “The changes would help the country to increase domestic oil and gas production that has stagnated for the past few years. And here, the best case is to incentivise exploration blocks where a lot of investment has already been made and chances of exploration into commercial production is high,” said a government official privy to the development. The previous NDA government had set a target of reducing India’s import dependence on oil by 10 per cent by 2022. However, rather than reaching closer to the target, the country’s import dependency on oil increased from 78.3 per cent of total consumption in 2014-15, settling at a new high of 83.7 per cent in 2018-19. During this period, domestic crude oil production has also stagnated around 35-36 million tonnes (MT) per annum. In fact, production has fallen to 35.7 MT in fiscal 2018 and fell further to 34.2 MT in 2019.
Ohio: Hours after 20 people were killed in a shooting at a Walmart store in Texas, at least nine people were killed and 16 injured in a shooting rampage in Ohio, AP reported. Ohio’s Dayton Police said that the gunman has been killed.Dayton police tweeted that the shooting began in the Oregon District at 1:00 a.m., but that officers nearby were able to “put an end to it quickly.” “The shooter is deceased. There are nine others also deceased. At least 16 others went to area hospitals with injuries,” Dayton Police said on Twitter, adding that the FBI is on the scene, assisting in the investigation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Miami Valley Hospital spokeswoman Terrea Little said 16 victims have been received at the hospital, but she couldn’t confirm their conditions. Kettering Health Network spokeswoman Elizabeth Long said multiple victims from a shooting had been brought to system hospitals but didn’t have details on how many. The Oregon District is a historic neighbourhood near downtown Dayton that’s home to entertainment options, including bars, restaurants and theatres. Police have not said where in the district the shooting took place. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Earlier in the day, twenty people were killed and more than 25 were injured in a shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas. The gunman, identified as a 21-year-old male, has been arrested. The rampage comes six days after a teenage gunman killed three people at a food festival in Northern California. Both the shootings come six days after a teenage gunman killed three people at a food festival in Northern California.(With inputs from Indian Express)
OSHAWA, Ont. — General Motors of Canada says it’s working with other employers to identify jobs and targeted training programs for GM employees affected by the closure of the Oshawa Assembly plant next year. It says several employers have identified about 2,000 jobs that will become open in Durham region in 2019 and 2020.In addition, General Motors has identified 300 openings for auto technicians at GM dealerships in Ontario and 100 jobs that will be open at other GM facilities in Ontario.GM Canada says Durham College will also establish a confidential internet portal in the new year to help auto workers identify job openings and begin plans for appropriate retraining at one of several schools in the area.The city of Oshawa and surrounding areas east of Toronto were shocked last month when the highly rated Oshawa Assembly plant was included as one of five North American GM plants expected to close next year.Unifor national president Jerry Dias has said the union would fight against the Oshawa closure but GM says it wants a smooth transition for about 3,000 unionized and salaried employees — including potential retirement for half of them.The Canadian Press
Three people were killed following a fire in Ratmalana, the police said this morning.According to the police, the fire was reported from a house in Kaldemulla in Ratmalana. The police said that a woman and two children from the same family were killed in the blaze.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 12, 2013 7:40 am MDT CPPIB buys portfolio of agricultural land from Assiniboia Farmland LP for $128M TORONTO – The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board says it has acquired the assets of Assiniboia Farmland LP, a fund manager which owns a portfolio of agricultural lands, for up to $128 million.The deal includes 115,000 acres of Saskatchewan farmland producing wheat, barley and canola.Pending adjustments, it is expected to close in January 2014, with the current management team continuing to oversee the portfolio.CPPIB says farmland is an “attractive asset class” for the board because it delivers historically “stable, risk-adjusted returns” as demand for agricultural products continue to grow.The CPPIB, one of the world’s largest pension funds, invests money not needed by the Canada Pension Plan to pay benefits for some 18 million current and retired contributors.CPPIB had net assets of $192.8 billion as of Sept. 30, up from $188.9 billion at the end of the previous quarter.“Farmland investments align well with CPPIB’s long-term investment strategy while also further diversifying our portfolio,” said Andre Bourbonnais, senior vice-president of private investments.On Wednesday, the board announced it had purchased a 15 per cent stake in ORPEA S.A., a long-term care provider in Europe, for approximately $468.2 million.The deal amounts to it buying nearly eight million shares of ORPEA at a price of 40.34 euros per share, or a total of 320.8 million euros, said the CPPIB.It also plans to underwrite a primary share capital increase of up to 100 million euros to help the company grow its business.Paris-based ORPEA was founded in 1989 and provides nursing, post-acute care, rehabilitation and psychiatric services in France, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, has expressed deep dismay at the execution of 36 people in Iraq in relation to a 2014 massacre during which hundreds of military cadets were killed.“[The High Commissioner] urged the authorities to ensure that any trials conducted in connection with the massacre respected due process and international fair trial rather than be fuelled by vengeance,” Cécile Pouilly, a spokesperson for OHCHR, told the press today at a regular briefing in Geneva. “Unfortunately, this was not the case,” she added. In June 2014, some 1,700 cadets at the Camp Speicher military base were killed in an attack by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, Da’esh) fighters. In the aftermath of the killings, the UN human rights chief had expressed that the “magnitude and brutality of the Camp Speicher massacre was exceptional” and that it was important to respond to the plight of the survivors and families of the victims. At the briefing today, the OHCHR spokesperson said that the executions, carried out on Sunday, were particularly worrying given serious due process concerns and fair trial shortcomings. “The individuals who have been executed were convicted only on the basis of information provided by secret informants or by confessions allegedly extracted under duress,” she noted, adding that the claims of 19 defendants that they were tortured to induce confessions were never investigated. Furthermore, she said that the Court-appointed lawyer who represented the defendants, did not intervene during the proceedings, and made only a three-minute statement before the verdicts were delivered. According to OHCHR, an estimated 1,200 individuals remain on death row in Iraq. Urging the authorities to halt all imminent executions, Ms. Pouilly called on them to “urgently conduct a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in the country.”
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. Warning: Contains graphic images A Wrexham man has been jailed after cutting off his pet dog’s ears with pliers in a ‘heartbreaking’ case that shocked RSPCA officials.Christopher Griffiths was found guilty of animal welfare offences following a trial at Wrexham Magistrates’ Court.Victor, a tan male Staffordshire bull terrier type dog, was found to have cocaine in his system when vets treated his horrific injuries. His 34-year-old owner was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and carrying out a prohibited procedure to his dog following the September 2015 incident.He was handed a 24 week prison sentence, was disqualified from keeping dogs for 10 years and was given a 12 month probation order.Mr Griffiths denied the charges and said he had been the victim of an assault. He claimed his alleged attacker cut the dog’s ear off when he was unconscious. RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “When I first saw Victor I was just so shocked as his ears were gaping open wounds. I had never seen anything quite like it before.“It must have been so painful for him. It was just so heartbreaking. It is awful to imagine what poor Victor went through. It was totally unnecessary.”Inspector Thomas added: “Since Victor has been in our care he has been doing so well. He is an adorable dog with a lot of love to give. He loves nothing more than to be in your company and loves a cwtch [cuddle] on the sofa.” RSPCA Cymru said: “We are delighted to say he recovered and is now looking for a home.”Meanwhile, a teenage gang were banned from keeping animals after they set a dog on fire, broke his neck and fed him drugs.
Jeremy Clarkson insists he is more polite to contestants in the new series of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? but claimed his first stint as host featured “some very stupid contestants who didn’t warrant any niceness”.The presenter will reprise hosting duties for a new series beginning on January 1 after the game show was revived for a string of special episodes earlier this year.Clarkson took over the role previously filled by Chris Tarrant for seven episodes broadcast in May to mark the 20th anniversary of the show, which was presented by Tarrant from 1998 to 2014.Discussing what will be different in the new series, Clarkson said: “I’m told I’ve been nicer to the contestants, but last year there were some very stupid contestants who didn’t warrant any niceness.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––”This time they’ve been – by and large, with one or two exceptions – sparky and on-it and bright and deserving of a place in the chair.”The previous series saw the introduction of the new lifeline Ask The Host, and Clarkson admits he was “almost entirely useless” at helping contestants. Producer Fiona Clark said new measures had been put in place to thwart potential cheats.”With the advance of Google, smartphones and tablets, the management and security around lifeline ‘Phone-A-Friend’ needed to grow,” she wrote in Broadcast magazine.”A small team was put in place to oversee and deploy fully-briefed security officers to each person’s home to ensure fair play.”The extra security had “added a new financial and logistical aspect to the budget” in the new series, she said.- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? returns on January 1 at 9pm and continues nightly until January 6. Clarkson (centre) with Richard Hammond, and James MayCredit:Matt Jelonek/WireImage “It’s so annoying, because sometimes, you’ll get to the £125,000 question and you go, I know this. But they’ve already asked you and used the lifeline on something like the Kardashians that you don’t know.”He continued: “The only way that you can prepare for this show is to learn the Internet, and nobody can do that.”Clarkson said his ideal question would be about Genesis albums or birds, adding: “It’s one of those little things that not a lot of people know, I know not very much but I know a little bit about birds.”I know a ptarmigan from an osprey, a yellowhammer from a reed warbler. I know how to tell a cold tit from a blue tit, which most people don’t know. But now I’ve said that, people will ask me bird questions and I won’t know the answer.”Clarkson said his Grand Tour co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond have offered him some practical advice for the second series.He said: “They have actually (offered advice): ‘Get a f—ing hearing aid. And glasses. Get a hearing aid and some glasses, you old idiot.”‘It emerged yesterday that the show is dispatching security guards to the homes of contestants’ friends to stamp out cheating in the ‘Phone a Friend’ segments and avoid the possibility of smartphones and Google being used to help contestants. He added: “To a certain extent, I’ve continued that tradition this time out.”Occasionally I accidentally knew something, but not as often as I would have liked. 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.
There’s a rumor swirling about that may upset a few people planning on a PC upgrade in early 2012. Intel is apparently considering putting back the release of its Ivy Bridge platform.The move to Ivy Bridge chips and chipset is a significant one because it introduces a number of desirable features as well as shrinking the Core chip die to 22nm. Ivy Bridge also holds the promise of Intel’s new 3D tri-gate transistors, support for PCI Express 3.0, integration of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt support, and a GPU update to better support DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1, and OpenCL 1.1.The suggestion of a delay comes via Wall Street where Barclays Capital’s C.J. Muse has stated Intel may have decided against upgrading its Fab 24 chip factory in Ireland to handle 22nm production. What he doesn’t say is if Intel is upgrading another Fab instead, or just not performing the upgrade at Fab 24 in the existing scheduled time, meaning just a delay.Another view comes from Timothy Arcuri of Citigroup who suggested Fab 24 won’t be used for 22nm, but instead will upgrade from its current 65nm to 14nm or even 10nm in the future. A 14nm upgrade would need to be carried out in time for the expected release of such chips in 2014.With samples of Ivy Bridge originally expected before the end of 2011, and the new chips appearing in March/April 2012, it seems like a decision to change factories now would definitely cause a delay.As to why such a decision would be taken, it’s being suggested Intel wants to save some money, and delaying the upgrade by a quarter would certainly do that. If that’s the case, then samples probably won’t appear until March 2012, with the launch pushed back to around June.At the moment this is all rumor and speculation, but Intel is expected to announce something officially by the end of next week, so we don’t have too long to wait.Read more at Thinq and DigiTimes
Posted: January 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Groundbreaking in Normal Heights for affordable homeless veterans housing KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Homelessness FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Construction began Thursday on a 52-unit housing development for homeless veterans in Normal Heights.Known as The Lofts, the development on El Cajon Boulevard near State Route 15 will offer studio and one-bedroom rental apartments at an estimated range of $446 to $796 per month. Tenants will receive supportive services from the Alpha Project, a homelessness assistance nonprofit, according to the San Diego Housing Commission, which is among the entities involved in the project.The units will be designated as affordable for 55 years under a federal voucher program. They will be available for tenants with an income up to 50 percent of the area median income, which is currently $31,850 annually, according to the commission.“Today’s groundbreaking is an important step in addressing homelessness among military veterans in the city of San Diego,” SDHC Executive Vice President Debbie Ruane said.The project is being funded with a $3 million federal grant, $2.2 million from the city’s affordable housing fund and a $13.5 million loan.The Lofts project is part of the SDHC’s homelessness action plan launched last summer, which will see the award of up to $30 million over the next three years for the development of at least 300 new supportive housing units, according to the commission. January 11, 2018
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The powerful pair of singer/songwriters pen the soundtrack for upcoming film starring Jennifer Aniston Renée FabianGRAMMYs May 15, 2018 – 1:34 pm When you need a film soundtrack, who better to call then GRAMMY-winning country legend Dolly Parton and singer/songwriter/producer extraordinaire Linda Perry?Parton and Perry collaborated on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Dumplin’, co-writing six new songs for the album that feature Parton with a number of other singers. It will also include several freshly recorded versions of previously released Parton hits. Parton executive produced the album, and Perry also wrote and produced the film’s score.Dumplin’, which stars Jennifer Aniston and is directed by Anne Fletcher, is based on a best-selling book written by Julie Murphy. The book’s protagonist, a plus-size girl, decides to enter a beauty pageant to spite her mother, who is a former pageant queen.Murphy’s book has a strong Parton tie, connecting to the artist throughout, right down to the main character’s name: Willowdean, a close reference to Parton’s sister Willadeene. So it makes perfect sense Parton herself would be instrumental in the film’s soundtrack. Dolly Parton, Linda Perry’s Film Collaboration dolly-parton-linda-perry-team-dumplin-film-soundtrack Email Twitter Facebook News Dolly Parton, Linda Perry Team Up For ‘Dumplin” Film Soundtrack Details about the release of Dumplin’ will likely be forthcoming as the film is currently in negotiations for distribution. Parton and Perry are also expected to talk more about the project during the Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out session at the Nashville, Tenn.-based Music Biz 2018 conference.Of the film’s message, Parton said, “It’s really a wonderful and uplifting thing for young girls altogether.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen 00:00 /01:08 FEMA/Bill KoplitzAs of Sunday night, about 460,000 Texas households are still waiting to hear back after registering for FEMA assistance.Since Harvey made landfall on August 25, 305,000 have been approved, according to FEMA spokeswoman Deanna Frazier.She said one reason for delays is that some homes were inaccessible for inspectors for a long time.“We have nearly 2,500 inspectors in the field right now,” Frazier said. “And so, they are working diligently to get those inspections completed.”This is generally true for homeowners. Renters don’t usually need an inspection to get FEMA approval, but there are exceptions, Frazier said.Assistance can come in the form of rental assistance, help for home repairs or transitional housing.“Because these are different programs that have different requirements, each program can take a different amount of time to be approved,” Frazier said.About 82,000 Texas households have been deemed ineligible for FEMA assistance. But Frazier said in many cases it could be due to a filing error and she encourages storm victims to appeal.The agency has so far approved about $825 million for affected households, more than half of that – $460 million – in Harris County, where 425,000 have applied for assistance. X