‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Alaska dictated the pace behind the backcourt partnership of two-time MVP Willie Miller and 1996 MVP Johnny Abarrientos, who accounted for 20 and 11 points, respectively.Proceeds of the event that includes the Ginebra-Purefoods duel ongoing at press time will benefit the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista ng Pilipinas Foundation, Inc.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Allan Caidic. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer leaned on Allan Caidic and Danny Ildefonso to carve out a 96-83 trouncing of Alaska in the “Return of the Rivals” benefit showcase on Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Aptly called the “Triggerman,” the ageless Caidic shone when it mattered most. He uncorked four triples in the final period as San Miguel snuffed out Alaska’s ’comeback bid.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 55-year-old Caidic, the Philippine Basketball Association’s 1990 Most Valuable Player who suited up for San Miguel from 1993 to 1998, led all Beermen with 26 points.After a lethargic first-half performance, Ildefonso made his presence felt in the third frame, conspiring with Denok Miranda to knot the game at 49. He went on to pour in 13 of his total 14 points in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Do you have painkillers?” Caidic, who still holds the PBA record for most triples (17) in a game, said in jest during the post-game chat.“We’re no longer used to man-to-man defenses that run for 12 minutes,” said Caidic.“It’s challenging on our part. But more than the result, more than the game, it’s about the solidarity of the players, the support of the fans.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Caloocan closing in on playoffs MOST READ View comments
Nadal has found a way again to take the second set 7-5. He served for the second set twice but Schwartzman managed to break him back on both occasions only to lose his serve 5-6 down to lose another set in disappointing fashion. Nadal now has one foot in the semi-final.Nadal took the first set against Schwartzman 6-4 after a seesaw battle. Nadal started like an express getting a double break and going 4-0 up in the quarter-final. Schwartzman, however, stormed right back from there and took the next four games to make it 4-4. However, Nadal fended off a couple of break points in the seventh game to go 5-4 up. With Schwartzman serving to stay in the set, he made a couple of backhand errors and now trails in the match.With Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic out of the US Open, this is Rafael Nadal’s golden chance to get his hands on a fourth title in New York. Nadal last won the US Open in 2017, where he beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in straight sets. Last year, Nadal had reached the semi-final but had to retire midway due to injury.Nadal’s journey to the quarter-final has been fairly simple, where he beat his opponents in straight sets twice in the first three rounds with his second round being a walkover. He was taken to four sets by Marin Cilic in the pre-quarterfinals but the Spaniard came out with flying colours, even executing a scintillating around the net shot. The match was being played at the biggest tennis court in the world, Arthur Ashe Stadium.
07_Heena Sidhu Indian shooters disappointing run at the Rio Olympics Games continued with Heena Sidhu crashing out of the 10m Air Pistol Women’s Qualification round here today.Heena was way behind the leaders in the qualifying round, finishing on 14th position in the field of 44 shooters.26-year-old 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games silver medallist shot an overall 380, which included 13x.Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina topped the qualification round with a score of 390 points, including 14x.The 26-year-old Heena will now try to make amends when she competes in 25m pistol schedule to be held on August 9. × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on 07_Heena Sidhu COMMENT SHARE August 07, 2016 COMMENTS
After launching its mid-budget smartphone, LG Q7, in India earlier this week, Korean electronics giant LG on August 30 launched its budget smartphone- LG Candy- in India for Rs 6,699.”LG Candy smartphone is focused on delivering even more value to consumers looking for the right device that fits their lifestyle and needs,” Business Head-Mobiles, LG India, Advait Vaidya said on the occasion.”We’re confident to capture the hearts and minds of consumers in the fast-moving market with our Candy smartphone, its beautiful covers, camera technology and other convenient features,” he added.In terms of specifications, LG Candy sports a 5.0-inch HD On-cell Touch display with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and it sports 2GB RAM with 16GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. The newly launched budget smartphone runs on the 2016-variant of Google’s mobile operating system– Android 7.1.2 Nougat.As far as the camera is concerned, LG Candy comes with an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing facing camera. LG says that the camera offers advanced camera UX features along with low-light photography function, which enables it to capture brighter and clearer images even in low light conditions. The phone also supports popular features such as Auto Shot, Gesture Shot, Flash for Selfie and Quick Share for photography.Additionally, the company said that it has added a new ‘Flash Jump Shot’ feature’, which helps in capturing a picture every three seconds and stitching the images together into a fun GIF. The feature works with both, the front-facing and the rear cameras.advertisementBesides this, LG Candy features support for LTE, Wi-Fi 802.22, Bluetooth 4.2, FM Radio and USB Type-C. However, the most notable feature of LG Candy is its interchangeable back covers. Instead of launching the phone in multiple colour variants, the Korean giant has launched the budget smartphone with changeable back covers. The back covers for LG Candy are available in three peppy colours, which includes Blue, Gold and Silver.ALSO READ: LG Q7 with 5.5-inch Full Vision display, IP68 rating launched in India at Rs 15,990The LG Candy smartphone will be available for purchase in India starting September 1.
Premier League Power outage delays kick-off between Stoke City and West Ham Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 23:02 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Premier League Stoke City v West Ham United Stoke City West Ham United Saturday’s Premier League clash has been push back an hour after a power outage at the Bet365 Stadium Kick-off between Stoke City and West Ham has been delayed by a power outage at the Bet365 Stadium.Stoke announced via Twitter that a power surge had affected both club generators and the stadium’s main supply, with a delayed kick-off confirmed shortly thereafter.Saturday’s match was originally set to start at 3 pm GMT, but kick-off has now been delayed until 4 pm. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The contest is a key clash for the Premier League relegation battle, with just two points separating Stoke, who sit 16th, and 19th-placed West Ham. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Real Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympicsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits he’d be open to playing for Spain in the 2020 Olympics.Spain have never usually opted for such veteran players to make up their Olympic squads, but this seems to be something Ramos is really keen on.El Mundo reports that this would be a dream for the centre-back.”If the chance to go to Tokyo comes up, it would be tremendously exciting for him,” is the view of those close to the player.Spain have already qualified thanks to the Under-21s’ performances at this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship and each competing nation is permitted to include three over-23s in their Olympic squad. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season wrapped up on Monday night with the College Football Playoff national title game. Clemson shocked the college football world when it dominated Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide to the tune of a 44-16 win.Both Clemson and Alabama were picked as the favorites to make the title game and both programs held up to their preseason ranks. However, several other programs did not.While Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban held to their standard, several coaches were left asking what happened to their 2018 season. One college football fan compared the preseason AP Poll with the final AP Poll to find out which programs were overrated.Here’s the top five:WisconsinMiamiAuburnMichigan StateStanfordWisconsin was a popular College Football Playoff pick, while Miami was expected to keep pace with Clemson in the ACC this season. Neither of those two things happened as both program suffered through sub-par season.You can see the full list of overrated and underrated teams here.
Noida: Xiaomi supplier Holitech Technology on Saturday said it has inaugurated its first component manufacturing plant in Greater Noida and will invest nearly $200 million over three years in the country. Holitech Technology would be manufacturing compact camera modules (CCM), capacitive touch screen module (CTP), thin film transistor (TFT), flexible printed circuits (FPC) and fingerprint module locally. The local manufacturing plant is ready and will be in production within the third quarter of this year and aims to generate 6,000 jobs in three years, Xiaomi said. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Spread across four factories and spanning over 25,000 square metres, the component manufacturing plant will start mass production with a production capacity of over 300 million components per year. “Xiaomi has witnessed significant growth in the country and we are positive that Holitech’s plans for India will herald a new stage of evolution for the electronics manufacturing industry in India,” Muralikrishnan B, Chief Operating Officer, Xiaomi India, said in a statement. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The plant also boasts of class 1000 and class 100 clean room. A clean room is a contained space where provisions are made to reduce particulate contamination and control other environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity and pressure. “The phenomenal growth of Xiaomi along with their initiatives to promote local manufacturing has encouraged us to explore component manufacturing for Xiaomi in India,” said Chenguisheng, CEO, Holitech Technology.
Washington DC: US President Donald Trump chaired a meeting on the Afghanistan peace deal with his national security team that, the White House said, went “very well” and negotiations are proceeding. The talks, attended by Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton among others, were held at Trump’s golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Friday. Soon after the meeting, the president tweeted: “Many on the opposite side of this 19-year war, and us, are looking to make a deal – if possible!” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the White House, discussions centred around ongoing negotiations and eventual peace and reconciliation agreement with the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan. The meeting went very well and negotiations are proceeding, it said. After briefing the president on the progress of the negotiations in the war-torn country, Pompeo issued a statement, saying, “Led by the president, we are working diligently on the path forward in Afghanistan.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”In continued close cooperation with the government of Afghanistan, we remain committed to achieving a comprehensive peace agreement, including a reduction in violence and a ceasefire, ensuring that Afghan soil is never again used to threaten the United States or her allies, and bringing Afghans together to work towards peace,” the secretary of state said. The meeting was also attended by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford and CIA Director Gina Haspel. Trump chaired the meeting after Taliban and US negotiators wrapped up their latest round of talks for a deal on Monday that would see America shrink its troop presence in Afghanistan. Details of a possible deal with the Taliban is yet to be made public, but administration officials have said that the president wants the troops back from Afghanistan as soon as possible. Early in the day, Trump also had a telephonic conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the Afghanistan peace talks and the India-Pak relationship.
Earlier this week, the International Myeloma Foundation presented the 9th Annual Comedy Celebration at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club in Los Angeles.Fred Willard and Jeff Garlin Credit/Copyright: Jesse Grant, Getty Images for International Myeloma FoundationHosted by Fred Willard, the comedy show featured hilarious sets by Jeff Garlin, Tig Notaro, Heather McDonald, Andy Kindler, and Tony Award-winning ventriloquist Jay Johnson. The evening concluded with a special musical performance by Late Show with David Letterman’s Paul Shaffer. The renowned band leader ended his set with the dance hit he co-wrote, “It’s Raining Men,” featuring Fred Willard, Tig Notaro and Heather McDonald as his background singers.Paul Shaffer at IMF 9th Comedy CelebrationCredit/Copyright: Kevin Winter, Getty Images for International Myeloma FoundationAttendees included Alex Meneses (NBC’s Hot & Bothered, Everybody Loves Raymond), Edie McClurg (Mike & Molly, Frozen), Howard Hesseman(Mike & Molly, Head of the Class), Izzy Diaz (NBC’s Hot & Bothered), Jadyn Douglas (NBC’s Hot & Bothered), Jay Huguley (Treme, True Detective), John Glover (The Good Wife), Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Maggie Wheeler (Californication, Everybody Loves Raymond), Nikki Moore (Blue Line), Shalita Grant (NCIS: New Orleans), Event Chair Loraine Boyle, Dr. Brian Durie (IMF Chair), Susie Novis (IMF President), and more.Proceeds from the event benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI), IMF’s innovative approach to finding a cure for myeloma, the second most common blood cancer. Renowned actor Peter Boyle died in late 2006 after a four year battle with myeloma. Through laughter, this event honors Boyle and raises money for research to find a cure.
Istres Ouest Provence Handball completed its recruiting for the 2011-2012 season. French team has signed a contract with the right back, Pierre-Antoine Casanova (25). Casanova coming from Romania, where he played in Steaua Bucuresti last season. Before that, he spent a year in Spanish second Division.Pierre-Antoine CASANOVAborn January 10, 1986Right back1.88 m 83 kgCareer:Pole Hopes DIJON 2001-2003Young France 2003-2005France Juniors 2006-20072009-2010 Moguer (D2 SPAIN)2010-2011 BUCHAREST (ROMANIA D1) ← Previous Story Ivan Cupic injured again! Next Story → Gensheimer new captain of the “Lions”! French handballPierre-Antoine CASANOVA
THE UNITED STATES said that an accord reached with Russia tonight on a draft UN Security Council resolution on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons was an “historic” breakthrough.“This is a breakthrough arrived at through hard-fought diplomacy,” said a senior US official of the accord. “This is historic and unprecedented because it puts oversight of the Assad regime’s compliance under international control.”The United States and Russia will submit a landmark resolution on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons to the UN Security Council, diplomats said.The resolution could be the first to be passed by the 15 member council since the start of the Syria conflict in March 2011.Diplomats said the resolution allows for the Council to decide on sanctions against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad at a later date if a breach of a Russia-US disarmament plan is reported.Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed the accord without giving details of the text.“We reached an understanding with the United States on a draft resolution,” Lavrov told reporters at the Security Council.A full meeting of the 15-member council was called for 8:00pm (0000 GMT) in New York to discuss the draft resolution.- © AFP, 2013Read: Ireland to give €200k towards destroying chemical weapons in Syria
The first Kickstarter-funded video game console, the Ouya, released this week. If that date flew under your radar while you were besieged with great games and new console announcements, and you haven’t had enough time to read up on the little console to determine if it’s worth a purchase, we’ve got your back. We spent some time with the Android console and one of its representatives, and now have a better understanding of the Ouya. Though the console is an affordable (for video game consoles, that is) $99, is it worth the entry fee?The Ouya is essentially the first major Android gaming console, followed by the GameStick and Nvidia’s Shield. Some of our feelings regarding Android as a gaming platform have been well-documented, and the Ouya doesn’t escape that criticism. At this point, the Android gaming platform is more about potential than it is must-have titles, but if you can get $99 worth of entertainment value out of the current crop of Ouya-compatible games, that price could easily buy you a pass to get in on the ground floor of a bright future.The hardwareThe Ouya proper is a tiny, silver-and-black cube with a minimal number of ports — an HDMI out, a USB 2.0 port, a microUSB port, an ethernet port, and standard DC power. Within the cube resides a Tegra 3 SoC — already outpaced by Shield’s Tegra 4 — as well as 802.11 b/g/n wireless capability, and the capability to output in 1080p or 720p. The Ouya has 8GB of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM.The unit is less powerful than many Android phones, but the Ouya also carries that $99 price tag and controller capability like a badge of honor.The controllerSomething of an offshoot of an Xbox 360 controller — which is basically every controller that isn’t of a Sony or Nintendo heritage — the Ouya controller is quite familiar, and fits comfortably in the hand. Sporting the same silver-and-black aesthetic, the controller has the general layout we’re all familiar with: Staggered analog sticks, two shoulder buttons and two shoulder triggers (more similar to the PS3’s triggers), a home button, and four face buttons that use the letters that compose the name of the console. The center of the controller also acts as a touchpad, similar to the PS4’s new DualShock 4.The layout of everything is just fine, but everything about the controller feels a little off; cheap isn’t the word, but it feels like the controller is a very good working replica of a controller. The shape is correct, the layout is correct, and all the buttons work when you push them, but the buttons feel either too mushy (especially the D-pad) or too clicky, the shoulder triggers are universally reviled on the PS3 and the Ouya triggers are very similar, and — this may be an odd criticism — the buttons are loud. I felt self-conscious mashing away at the buttons in the office, as if I were being a nuisance to my diligent coworkers.Another issue we couldn’t help but notice is that the controller seemed laggy. Sometimes it wasn’t too noticeable unless you paid attention, such as when using the touchpad. Other times, though, such as when playing Canabalt, it was extremely noticeable and you actually had to change the way you timed pressing the buttons.Next page: The games, and the $99 decision 1 2
Eight out of 10 Greeks are pessimistic about the short-term future of the debt-ridden economy but one in two are hoping for a return to growth in three years, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday. Some 42.8 percent of people asked do not believe Greece will achieve the goals set.About 79.6 percent of the 1,600 survey participants, conducted for Mega television channel by research company GPO, said they believed the economic situation in Greece, which has been dealing with an acute debt crisis since late 2009, is not going to improve dramatically in the near future. However 54.9 percent were optimistic that Greece could solve the crisis by 2014 through its austerity and reform program. The program is supported financially by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which fear a domino effect across Europe. Some 42.8 percent of people asked do not believe Greece will achieve the goals set. Despite reassuring statements by Greek government officials, 48.5 percent of Greek citizens fear more austerity measures will be implemented by the socialist government under pressure from the EU and IMF, which pledged 110 billion euros (138.97 billion US dollars) in aid over a three-year period in May. In exchange, Greece has started implementing drastic efforts to slash its budget deficit from 13.6 percent of GDP to less than 3 percent by 2014 and has proceeded with bold and harsh structural reforms that have caused strong opposition from Greek labor unions. After a break for the summer holidays, labor unions plan a new wave of strikes and demonstrations this autumn over painful cutbacks in salaries, increases in taxes and changes in the pension system. According to the survey, four out of 10 Greeks do not have confidence that a single political party can pull the country out of the economic crisis. About 31 percent of respondents trust the now ruling PASOK party, while 13.4 percent trust the centre-right main opposition New Democracy (ND) party. Three out of 10 believe the two major parties who have led all governments in Greece since the restoration of democracy in 1974, are responsible for the crisis. If general elections were held today in Greece, PASOK and ND would get record low votes, according to the results of the poll. Twenty-seven percent of Greeks said they would not know who to vote for, 28.6 percent would vote for PASOK and 21.1 percent for ND. The Greek Communist Party would receive 9 percent of the vote, the far-right populist LAOS party 6.8 percent and the Left SYRIZA coalition less than the 3 percent threshold to enter parliament. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Sept 2014 — Wasting no time, the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force moments ago confirmed that the officer accused of brutality of a suspect in police custody, is arrested for suspicion of wounding. No identity is given on the officer charged for allegedly beating a 22 year old, reportedly handcuffed suspect about the head with a police radio, but he is out on bail and is on administrative leave.The release issued this evening by Press Liaison Officer, Audley Astwood will likely be welcomed news to the Blue Hills family, who yesterday were called to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center and who filed a complaint. Gashes about their son and brother’s head and face infuriating and frightening that family.Thousands of islanders have been following the shocking report and viewing photos of the alleged injuries online.The family exposed the news to media and has retained Ashwood Forbes as attorney. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 47-year-old man makes fifth murder for TCI Historic Day: Hon. Dr. Rosita Butterfield with State Recognized Send off Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine division Recommended for you Related Items:police brutality, royal turks and caicos police force
The Belgian goalkeeper knows that defending the goal of Real Madrid is the most difficult job in the football world.A goalkeeper’s job is very difficult. Not only you are the last line of defense against the rivals, but you are also in constant pressure.This is why Thibaut Courtois feels there’s a lot of pressure when playing for Real Madrid.“Whenever a goalkeeper makes a mistake, it almost always ends up in a goal, so there is always pressure,” he told UEFA.“There’s pressure here at Madrid, but I don’t think that changes whichever club you’re playing for,” he added.“You have to focus at all times.”“When we’re attacking, it is very important to be alert, to play behind the defensive line; if it’s a high defensive line then you need to get further upfield,” he continued.“You need to play in the space and stop those balls getting through; for example against Roma [in the group stage], I had to come out of the area two or three times to stop the counter. That’s when you need to be alert and that’s why you always need to be concentrating.”“Over the last ten years, a lot more has been asked of goalkeepers – to be good with your feet, play in the space – when maybe it was not like this 20 years ago,” he continued.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Even so, when I played at Genk as a child, they asked you to play with your feet from a very young age.”“It also depends on the team you play for, whether they’re only looking to play long balls or to play out from the back,” he explained.“Being a goalkeeper nowadays is much more than making saves on the line – it’s also about playing into space, playing with your feet, and reducing the distance between yourself and the defense. It’s a little of everything.”“It’s the same for every match: I watch videos of the team’s attacking routines, I watch the penalties, I look at the mistakes, I see how the strikers finish,” he said when preparing for matches.“That doesn’t change, whether it’s the Champions League, the Liga, or a cup tie.”“They have a good team with a mix of experience and young talent and I think they play good football. They will come and play open. They won’t defend; that’s their style, they play football,” the goalkeeper concluded talking about Ajax.Great teamwork pays off. Proud of our team for jumping to second place. A big thanks to all our fans in the world for cheering us on #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/cqTRiS1GC4— Thibaut Courtois (@thibautcourtois) February 10, 2019
New Delhi : The government has accorded its final sanction for the deployment of an additional 5,000 CISF personnel to better guard the increasing network and burgeoning passenger load on the Delhi Metro network, officials said on Sunday. They said the Union home ministry has also enhanced the security-command structure of the force, deployed at the mass rapid rail network, with the sanction of one more supervisory post in the rank of deputy inspector general (DIG). Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us With the new manpower, the Delhi Metro will become the largest single unit under the security cover of the Central Industrial Security Force in the country. The about 1.70-lakh-personnel force is a paramilitary that functions under the home ministry and is tasked to guard 61 civil airports of the country. The Delhi Metro network, at present, has about 9,000 personnel deployed to guard about 270 stations over a 370-km network spread in the national capital region, including adjoining cities of Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon and Faridabad. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Out of the 9,000 CISF personnel in Delhi Metro security unit, about 7,000 are deployed on a regular or sanctioned basis while the rest are deputed on an ‘internal security pattern’ or loan basis to meet the increasing demand of manpower owing to opening of new routes and stations, a senior home ministry official told PTI. The CISF and central intelligence agencies had sought regularising the loan component and sanction for more personnel to effectively guard the ever-increasing network which receives a heavy footfall each day and is sensitive from the point of a threat perception like a terrorist attack or sabotage, he said. Advertise With Us Hence, the government has now accorded full sanction for deploying over 5,000 more personnel of the force in the Delhi Metro network and with this addition, the total strength of the force will now be over 12,000 troops, he said. An in-principle approval to the proposal was given by the government last year but the financial sanction was received recently, the official said. Given this strength-enhancement, the government has also sanctioned another DIG-rank post which will soon be made operational, he said. At present the CISF security unit in the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is headed by a DIG-rank officer and with the posting of the second such officer, the operations of the multiple lines of the network is expected to be divided between the two, a senior CISF officer said. The enhanced strength of the force also makes the Delhi Metro as CISF’s largest deployment unit in the country as the other big ones like Delhi and Mumbai airports have only about 6,000-6,500 personnel each, he said. This metro security component will have about about 1,500 women personnel, he added. The force, that is deployed on a manpower requirement basis, has units ranging from 30 troops to 6,500 personnel at airports and strategic installations in the aerospace, nuclear, historical monuments and private sector domain. The Delhi Metro network is now spread across three phases with about 270 stations and it witnesses a footfall of about 27 lakh passengers daily. The force is in-charge of overall security of the Delhi Metro where it not only frisks commuters and scans their baggages, it also provides an armed anti-terror cover to the facility.
By Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROThe fallout from the disgraced Gun Trace Task Force broadened after a Baltimore County police officer whose name surfaced during the trial of two of the accused city cops resigned.Baltimore County Officer Michael Woodlon left the agency voluntarily Aug. 20, a spokesman for the department told the AFRO.(Courtesy Image/Logo)During the trial of two of the seven members of the disbanded elite gun unit, one of the former detectives, Momodu Gondo, testified that Woodlon had participated in several robberies with members of the GTTF.Woodlon was suspended on July 18 during an internal investigation after the allegations surfaced.The Gun Trace Task Force was a group of eight Baltimore City officers who were either convicted or pleaded guilty to robbing residents, stealing and dealing drugs and filing fake overtime slips.The scandal has embroiled the beleaguered agency in an ongoing series of damaging revelations. However, Woodson’s resignation marks a widening of the agencies now engulfed in it.All eight members have been sentenced to federal prison, including the ring leader, former Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, who received 25 years.
Also read: Update: Murchison Street clear as striking municipal workers disperseThe minimum for farm workers will be R18, R15 for domestic workers and R11 for workers employed by the Extended Public Works programme.It is uncertain how the strike will affect Ladysmith and to what degree the day will be disrupted, yet it is very likely that disruptions will occur.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! It is likely that the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) national strike will affect Ladysmith tomorrow (April 25).Speaking to SAFTU spokesperson Patrick Craven, he says that workers in the area (part of the union or not part of the union) will probably be taking part in the national strike.The strike is in opposition to the new National Minimum Wage Bill and other changes to labour laws.The union feels that the minimum amount of R20 an hour is not enough for an average family to survive on.Also read: Update: Ladysmith municipal workers still on strike as services grind to a halt WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite
Ladysmith High School (LHS) held trials for their upcoming inter-house athletics meeting on Friday, January 15.The learners who made it into the top three in each event will now compete in the inter-house athletics meeting this Friday (January 22) at the school grounds.The learners are divided into two ‘houses’ which compete against each other, namely Kinru and Bengold. These two groups compete right through the year, with a point system in which every competitor can win points for their ‘house’. The team with the most points at the end wins a trophy. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite