Security heightened in Somalia ahead of regional summit Related Al Qaeda-linked radical group, Al Shabaab in Somalia have been increasing attacks in the country during the holy month of Ramadan. To counter future possible attacks, security forces in the capital Mogadishu have stepped up security patrols in the city. CCTV’s Maria Galang reports. International delegates discuss Somalia’s security Somalia Construction Booms Following Improved Security
Six pairs of women golfers, each representing one of England Golf’s regions, have won through to next week’s national final of the Australian Spoons tournament. They are all regional winners in the stableford foursomes competition and will play off at Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire, on Friday, 20 September. The trophy is a pair of silver spoons, originally presented by the Australian Ladies’ Golf Union. The finalists are: Sandra Taylor and Jean Lamb of Rudding Park, Yorkshire, representing the North Kerry Variava and Joanne Smith of Charnwood Forest, Leicestershire, representing Midlands North Mary Evans and Bryony Travill of Brampton Heath, Northamptonshire, representing Midlands South Elaine Osbourne and Tricia Ainsbury of Burstead, Essex, representing the East Lynn Lambert and Victoria Westgarth of Windlesham, Surrey, representing the South Jean Rockall and Jayne Begley of Saunton, Devon, representing the South West The Australian Spoons competition is for players with handicaps of 15 and over. Caption: the 2012 Australian Spoons winners, Janet Ions and Jean Halligan of Tytherington Golf Club, Cheshire (image © Leaderboard Photography) 9 Sep 2013 Women golfers target Australian Spoons national final
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Bonuses swell pay for police, firefighters” (March 21): I am always amazed when City Council members make it sound that police and fire uniform/equipment allowances are some kind of a “vacation bonus.” Interesting how this seems to happen at the same time police labor contract negotiations are beginning. Police officer uniform pants are $90, shirts $50 and boots can run up to $200. That’s not counting leather gear for their gun belts and other expense (dry cleaning, shoe polishing, ammo for practicing). This will be a great recruitment tool. While other departments give their officers up to $1,500 for a uniform allowance, we can say, “Join the LAPD, we can offer you nothing!” – Andrew Garcia Simi Valley Wrong target Re “Say anything” (Editorial, March 20): You state: “The council ought to explore the larger cost of using overpaid Water and Power workers.” For your information, Water and Power only supplies power to traffic signals; we don’t maintain them. As far as overtime goes, sometimes I’m asked to work and sometimes I’m told to work, always due to problems (severe weather, earthquake, etc.) or for someone on vacation or sick. The lights don’t stay on by themselves. I guess those of us who get called at 2 a.m. in the morning to come work because 10,000-plus people are without power should just say “no.” – Chuck Fowler Van Nuys Cut them slack “Overtime abuse” (Editorial, March 21): How can you be so hard on those poor overworked people at the DWP? After all, the operation of their plants is 99 percent automated so they have to fill their days with intraoffice rap, having coffee, having lunch, having siestas, visiting the water fountains and restrooms and telling jokes about those stupid taxpayers. You can’t really expect them to get all that done in regular time. Won’t you please cut them some slack? – Ralph Smathers Newhall Shouldn’t shock Re “Comet samples shock scientists” (March 14): Why the shock at discovering materials made with heat in the returned sample from a comet? Wasn’t the material subjected to heat upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere? Were precautions taken to keep the sample cold during that phase of the trip? – Irving Leemon Northridge Keep the law Re “What would Jesus do for immigrants?” (Viewpoint, March 19): Many Catholics are incensed at the behavior of Cardinal Roger Mahony. Writers such as Domenico Maceri are not able to conceal his wrongdoing behind a trendy expression of “What Would Jesus Do?” Apart from the immigration issue, he is protecting the “rights” of so-called priests under the guise of separation of church and state. It is significant that the Daily News’ editorial of Oct. 13, 2005 urged the obstinate cardinal to “come clean” with the public. In the passing of Proposition 187, Maceri does not delineate that the majority of taxpayers chose to withhold benefits from undocumented workers in the entire state, not just in Los Angeles County. This strong voice came from rational people who practice the keeping of the law, not defying it. – Kenneth Grissom La Crescenta High achieving Re “Balboa’s tops in LAUSD” (March 16): While not wishing to detract from the outstanding accomplishments by Balboa Gifted Magnet School in achieving an API score of 978, please understand that 100 percent of the student body represents a “select” group of students who have tested gifted/advanced academically before they were granted acceptance into the school. If you are ever again looking to recognize a high-performing school, visit Castlebay Lane Elementary School. Our school consists of a cross section of students found in most neighborhood schools, complete with English-language learners, resource and special education students. Our dedicated and passionate team of teachers, support staff, administrators and parents, along with our hard-working student body, generated an elite API score of 904. – Sandy Dorfman Porter Ranch Bull by the horns Re “The teen who snuffed out smoking in Calabasas” (March 17): The city leaders of Calabasas took the bull by the horns and threw him off the cliff! A smoker is a drug addict who cares nothing about the rights or needs of others, let alone his own. – Gary Beane Longmont, CO Bravo Calabasas Re “The teen who snuffed out smoking in Calabasas” (March 17): When this city passed their sensible smoking ordinance, they gave their citizens a most precious gift – additional years of life. California has always led the nation in “the good life;” now if only the rest of the U.S. will follow before the smokers kill us all. – Yvonne Grant Houston, Texas Big difference Re “Smoking ban” (Your Opinions, March 15): Dante Rochetti likens the Calabasas smoking ban to the Gestapo. He wonders if next the city will ban, among other things, brown eggs. There is a big difference. Rochetti can eat three dozen of them a day if he wants – it won’t give me a heart attack. But secondhand smoke kills people besides the smoker. Smokers don’t have a right to pollute my life in a public place. If they try, they deserve to be arrested. – Mike Kirwan Venice Our best interests Re “Sophomoric” and “Smoking ban” (Your Opinions, March 19): It’s funny how silly individuals frequently lament the loss of a freedom to do something stupid. Society will continue to place restrictions on personal freedoms when in its best interest. We have speeding rules, drug rules, drinking rules, etc. Your right to drink stops when you get behind the wheel drunk, as it should be with smoking and my health. As to the carcinogenic 101 Freeway, do you really think we should all walk? Cars have some of the most restrictive rules around. They require tune-ups and smog tests, annually. Where’s my right to drive a smoke-belching clunker? Just don’t drive behind me. So, who’s being sophomoric, your irrational bad habit, or society’s collective desire to increase everyone else’s safety and well being? – Peter A. Bodner Thousand Oaks Horsey cartoon My late husband was fond of saying, “There are those that God uses and those that use God.” In the case of David Horsey, it’s obvious he is the latter. In his political cartoon “A Brief History of Religion” (Portfolio, March 20), he puts his negative spin on religion itself without noting that there are billions of people who have allowed God to use them for the good of humanity. I laughed in his face when he tried to liken the U.S. with Iran over the birth control issue. Now, all I have to say about this cartoon is Horsey manure. – Maureen C. Wiggins Lake View Terrace It evolved Re “Bigger question” (Your Opinions, March 16): Regarding the question of evolution vs. intelligent design, Wilma Bennett asks, “If an intelligent designer created everything, what created the intelligent designer?” Well, with tongue in cheek, I’d like to respond. In a nutshell, no, Wilma, it did not just pop up out of nowhere: it evolved from a lesser intelligent designer. – Anita Work Sylmar Divine revelation Finally, I have been convinced. I have changed my mind and have decided to believe in the idea of an intelligent designer. The true benefit of my new belief is that I can now think of most politicians as planned obsolescence. – Michael Smith Tarzana
Liverpool loanee Woodburn: I handled record pressure wellby Freddie Taylor9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is determined to become a success at the club.Three years ago, he managed to gain the honour of being the club’s youngest goalscorer.But he has struggled to grab a place in the first team since, and is now on loan at Oxford UnitedThe 20-year-old is insistent that he never let the pressure or sudden attention get to him.”When I scored, I didn’t have a clue about the record,” he told reporters.”I remember walking off the pitch with Trent (Alexander-Arnold). The players were saying well done, the manager (Jurgen Klopp) was saying well done because I’d scored my first Liverpool goal. “It was probably only when I started checking Instagram I realised the significance.”Obviously that game was when I got quite a lot of attention. I was definitely recognised going out in the streets, shopping in Liverpool One, people asking for a few pictures. You had to get used to people looking.”The club helped us and I got a lot of advice from family, friends and my agent, but you also have to take quite a bit of on your own shoulders and it’s a bit strange when it happens.”I look back now and think I handled it well. I don’t think I was big-headed, I took it during the y About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Wisconsin Forward Vitto BrownWisconsin’s men’s basketball program and its fans likely won’t ever forget the Badgers’ victory against Kentucky in this past season’s Final Four. The same can probably be said about the Wildcats and their fan base about their devastating loss. A flight attendant/Kentucky fan hasn’t forgotten about it, anyway. Today, Wisconsin guard Vitto Brown wore a Badgers’ shirt while flying. A flight attendant on his plane couldn’t stand the sight of it. Walked on the plane with a Badgers shirt.. Flight attendant asked if I played. I said yes. She said she bleeds blue. I said keep bleeding.— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) June 28, 2015 Lol she was a Kentucky grad, I could see the salt visibly spewing from her face as I sat down with sly grin. She said she don’t like me..— Vitto Brown (@SenseiSwat33) June 28, 2015 Brown and his teammates will be able to brag about that victory for the rest of their lives.
ARLINGTON, TX – APRIL 04: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats points while the Wildcats practice ahead of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four at AT&T Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Twitter/@tneelOn Tuesday night, we shared a clip from Gary Parrish’s radio show, in which he told a story about John Calipari accosting a fellow coach over recruiting allegations. Kentucky Sports Radio has look further into things, and as it turns out, this story might not be a new one. KSR’s Drew Franklin found an old story from Parrish in 2010, that is largely the same as the one he told this week. The coach in question? Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin.Parrish noted that Calipari will let people know when he has problems with others and he liked the fact that he is up front. He told a story about a confrontation Calipari had with Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin after he heard Cronin had told some associates that he didnt understand how he could go to every game for a kid and then Calipari could come in at the last minute and take him (presumably Marquis Teague). Calipari heard the comment, went to Cronin and basically said “you have to go see all the kid’s games…I can sit back and decide which kid I want and come and get them.”While we’re not totally sure that Cronin was the example given again, it does seem like this is the same story. It’d probably be hard for Calipari to get away with using the same rant too many times. This is probably not something Cincinnati basketball fans want to be reminded of too often, though.
Kolkata: Four councillors of Trinamool Congress from Bongaon Municipality returned back to the party on Thursday. The councillors alleged that they had been forced to join BJP following pressure from Arjun Singh, BJP MP from Barrackpore.The councillors rejoined Trinamool Congress in presence of Firhad Hakim, state Urban Development and Land Reforms minister at Nagarayan Bhavan. Jyotipriyo Mallick, state Food minister and president of Trinamool Congress’ North 24-Parganas unit, was present as well. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter the results of the general election got announced, 14 councillors of Trinamool Congress had joined the BJP. The BJP wanted to take over the municipality which Trinamool resisted and the former then went and filed a petition before the High Court, a matter which has been lying pending. Now, after rejoining of four Trinamool councillors, the party has 14 councillors while BJP has seven. Thus, Trinamool has re-established its control over the municipality. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe councillors alleged that they had been made to join BJP at gunpoint by the followers of Arjun Singh. It may be mentioned that five councillors of Gangarampur municipality, who had joined the saffron party, have also rejoined Trinamool and the party has taken over control of the municipality. Commenting on the rejoining of the party councillors, Hakim said: “They had been forced to join BJP. But they soon realised that they will not survive in such a claustrophobic environment and they have come back to the Trinamool fold. After the results of Lok Sabha elections were out, BJP had misled these councillors. I welcome them back to the party fold.” Meanwhile, 26 top ranking leaders of Uluberia in Howrah, along with leaders of other parties, have joined Trinamool Congress. Nirmal Maji, minister of state for Labour department, handed over the Trinamool Congress flag to the members of 1,200 families at a function at Karatberia recently. On Saturday, 26 BJP workers under the leadership of Abhijit Adhikari, joined Trinamool Congress. The BJP workers hail from Baniban, Joargari, Tehatta Kantaberia, Tulsiberia and Basudebpur areas. In addition to the joining of BJP workers, 18 CPI(M) and 14 Forward Bloc workers have also joined Trinamool Congress. Maji handed over the party flag to the newcomers. He said: “BJP is trying to divide people of the area on the basis of religion and is trying to incite one group against the other. But the people of Uluberia will foil this heinous conspiracy of BJP.”
CALGARY – The new CEO of Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) says he will focus on paying down debt through asset sales as he works to regain the trust of investors.Alex Pourbaix, 52, says he wants to ensure the Calgary-based company produces oil and gas that’s cost competitive with any other region of the world to ensure ongoing profitability.The lawyer who retired last spring as chief operating officer of pipeline company TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says supporting new energy pipelines to ensure growing market access remains a priority for him in the new role he began last week.Cenovus shares have tumbled by more than 20 per cent since the company announced in March it had agreed to buy out its Houston-based oilsands partner, ConocoPhillips, for $17.7 billion.The move was criticized by analysts who said Cenovus lacked the experience to operate ConocoPhillips’ northern Alberta and B.C. Deep Basin conventional assets included in the deal but Pourbaix says time will prove it was an astute move.Cenovus has struck deals to sell four major asset packages for a total of $3.7 billion to help pay for the purchase. Pourbaix says his priority is to close those transactions and sell an additional package of non-core Deep Basin assets.“(The) number one urgent priority is to get the divestitures done … to get the debt leverage in this company down to an acceptable and sustainable level,” Pourbaix said.“From the perspective of the board, they were looking for someone who was going to have a great passion for continuing to drive efficiencies in this organization, driving accountability and driving shareholder returns. Those are my priorities.”
TORONTO – It was another record close for Canada’s main stock index despite a sharp drop in the health-care sector, which includes some of the country’s biggest marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 41.39 points to 16,412.94, gaining ground throughout the day after flatlining earlier on Thursday amid a free fall in cannabis stocks.Pot stocks were pummelled after The Associated Press reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will rescind an Obama-era policy that generally barred federal law enforcement officials from interfering with marijuana sales in states where the drug is legal.“That’s added huge volatility today to the marijuana stocks. They all sold off huge in the morning, came back part way during the day and seemed to be cooling off again,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.“It just shows the unbelievable volatility of these groups because there aren’t really fundamentals in valuations behind it. These are emotionally driven stocks. It shows that even though the vast majority of these stocks have little to do with the United States, it doesn’t take much to set them off one way or another.”Shares of major licensed Canadian cannabis producers such as Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) and Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) were down 9.97 per cent and 13.79 per cent at the close of markets Thursday.South of the border, Wall Street indices also hit consecutive all-time highs as the Dow Jones industrial average breached the 25,000 mark for the first time, just five weeks since its first close above 24,000. It climbed 152.45 points to settle at 25,075.13.The S&P 500 index added 10.93 points to 2,723.99 and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 12.38 points to 7,077.92.Strong global economic growth and good prospects for higher company earnings have analysts predicting more gains for the Dow, although the market may not stay as calm as it has been recently.The Dow has made a rapid trip from 24,000 points on November 30, partly on enthusiasm over passage of the Republican-backed tax package, which could boost company profits this year with across-the-board cuts to corporate taxes.“For a long while in 2017 I would say the biggest driver was excitement and anticipation over tax reform, but at a certain point I think there was a handover to global economic growth really helping to carry the stock market,” said Kristina Hooper, chief global markets strategist at Invesco.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 79.90 cents US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.On the commodities front, the February crude contract gained 38 cents to US$62.01 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 13 cents to US$2.88 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was up US$3.10 to US$1,321.60 an ounce and the March copper contract added one cent at US$3.26 a pound.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.