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Singer hospitalised after being shot at in Mohali

first_imgPopular Punjabi singer Parmish Verma was hospitalised after being shot at by unidentified assailants in Mohali late of Friday. The police said the singer was shot at when he was heading home in his car with a friend after attending an event. “…some unidentified persons fired shots at him near his housing society in Mohali. A bullet hit Parmish’s leg,” said Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Kuldeep Chahal. “A case has been registered and investigation is underway, ” he said. Mr. Verma and his friend Kulwant Singh were admitted to a private hospital in Mohali. Both are out of danger. Wanted gangster, Dilpreet Singh Dhahan, in a Facebook post on Saturday, claimed responsibility for the attack. Members of the Sampat Nehra gang also claimed responsibility for the attack.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal on collision course in semis at Indian Wells

first_img“You look back at what I did well there, but you can’t just copy-paste and play exactly the same thing again,” Federer said.The other semifinal Saturday pairs Milos Raonic and Dominic Thiem.Nadal improved to 6-0 against Khachanov, although it was tougher and longer than Federer’s win.Nadal trailed 6-5 before Khachanov’s forehand error forced the second tiebreaker, which Nadal dominated to close out the match that lasted just over two hours.“He’s unbelievable in defense,” Khachanov said. “When you want to try maybe just to play more safe then he suddenly steps in and he counterattacks. He steps in and then he starts moving you, and then you are again in trouble.”Federer believes Nadal is playing better than he did in losing the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic, who was upset earlier in the week.“When Rafa is healthy, especially in a place like here in Indian Wells where he feels comfortable, he’s clearly very tough to play,” Federer said.Against Hurkacz, Federer fought off two break points in the second set, including the last game when he closed the match with a forehand winner off a short ball.“Not that I didn’t expect it,” Federer said, “but it definitely went better than I thought it would.”Hurkacz, a 22-year-old Pole, earned three-set upsets of No. 28 Lucas Pouille, No. 6 Kei Nishikori and No. 24 Denis Shapovalov to make his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal against his childhood idol. Federer was playing in his 83rd at this level. Neither Federer nor Nadal has dropped a set in four matches in the desert. Federer has been broken just once, while Nadal has dropped serve three times, twice against Khachanov.Nadal stands in the way of Federer’s pursuit of a record sixth title at Indian Wells.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesStill, the Swiss superstar was rooting for Nadal to advance against his 22-year-old opponent.“Playing against young guys to eventually get to Rafa, that’s exciting,” said Federer, who also faced an opponent the same age as Khachanov. 76ers get 3rd straight win to pull even at no. 3 in East playoff race View comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “Playing against him for the first time on the big stadium of a great crowd here was for sure different feeling,” Hurkacz said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Roger Federer, of Switzerland, waves to fans after winning his quarterfinals match against Hubert Hurkacz, of Poland, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California — It’s Federer vs. Nadal again, only this time it’ll be in the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.Roger Federer beat Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 6-4 and Rafael Nadal got by Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2) on Friday to set up the old rivals’ 39th career meeting and first in 16 months.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal’s right knee flared up in the second set for the first time during the tournament. He called for a trainer who applied tape just below the knee. The trainer returned again with Nadal leading 3-2 in the second set.“My goal and my idea is be ready for tomorrow,” Nadal said. “I cannot guarantee how I’m going to wake up tomorrow morning.”Knee problems have dogged the 32-year-old Spaniard in recent years, and they cut short his 2018 season after the U.S. Open in September.“I love to play on hard (courts), but probably my body doesn’t love it that much,” Nadal said. “As I say before, is not only about today, is about tomorrow. Maybe we’re going to pay the price at the age of 45 or something. That will be not nice. When I see some old legends walking around the tour, is tough to see.”Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu rallied past No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, winning on her fourth match point to reach the biggest final of her young career.ADVERTISEMENT Andreescu became the first wild-card to reach the Indian Wells final.“Another goal of mine was to make history, and I just did,” she said, smiling.Andreescu will play two-time major champion Angelique Kerber, who ended 23rd-seeded Belinda Bencic’s run of upsets with a 6-4, 6-2 victory.The 18-year-old Canadian’s run is reminiscent of Naomi Osaka’s path to last year’s title. Little-known at the time, Osaka used her Indian Wells victory as a launching pad to beating Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title and winning the Australian Open while becoming the world’s top-ranked player.“I’m actually shaking right now,” Andreescu told reporters. “It’s just so incredible.”Andreescu had break points against her in each of her last three service games.“It was so many emotions going through my head,” she said. “It was a crazy match. It was a roller coaster.”Svitolina had three break chances in the final game, but couldn’t convert. The Ukrainian also was bothered by her inflamed right knee.“I couldn’t allow myself to play 100 percent because my movement was not there,” she said.Federer is on a five-matching winning streak against Nadal, who lost to him all four times they played in 2017, including the last time at the Shanghai Masters in October of that year. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Jokic, Nuggets Hold off Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 to Advance

first_imgDENVER — Time was winding down and the San Antonio Spurs couldn’t hear their coach screaming for someone to foul over all the noise.That’s one for the Denver crowd.The Nuggets also are making some noise.Nikola Jokic had another triple-double, Jamal Murray hit a clutch floater with 36.8 seconds remaining and the Nuggets held off the Spurs 90-86 in Game 7 on Saturday night to advance in the postseason for the first time in a decade.“I love the grit, the resiliency, the toughness we played with tonight,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Even late when they made their run … we never lost our composure.”Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic faces the cameras after the second half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Denver. The Nuggets won 90-86 to advance to the second round against Portland. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)In a matchup between a Denver team with the youngest playoff roster in the West and the savvy Spurs, the second-seeded Nuggets built a 17-point lead in the third quarter only to see it whittled down to two with 52 seconds remaining.Jokic finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, with no pass bigger than the one to set up Murray’s floater. DeMar DeRozan had a chance to slice into the deficit but was blocked by Torrey Craig. With time running out, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich yelled and yelled for someone to commit a foul, just to prolong the game. The roar was too loud. The Nuggets were able to essentially run out the time and begin their celebration.“After the game you’re thinking, ‘Why didn’t they foul?’” Craig said. “But during the game you’re not thinking of that. You’re just trying to secure it any way you can.”Said Popovich of the end-game chaos: “Obviously, he didn’t hear anybody because he didn’t foul.”Since making the Western Conference finals in 2009, the Nuggets have bowed out in the first round on four occasions. This was their first playoff appearance in six seasons.Denver will host third-seeded Portland in a second-round series that begins Monday.Murray added 23 points for the Nuggets, who captured a Game 7 for the first time since May 3, 1978, when David Thompson had 37 in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks.The Nuggets never trailed Saturday.“Anxiety is a good word,” Malone joked.Rudy Gay had 21 points for San Antonio, while DeRozan and Bryn Forbes each added 19. The Spurs fell to 3-4 in Games 7s under Popovich.San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay, front, drives to the basket past Denver Nuggets forward Torrey Craig in the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Jokic turned in another monster game. Jokic showed off his arsenal of shots, even throwing in a sky hook. He played a little more than 43 minutes — just slightly down from the 48 minutes Malone pledged to play him in pregame.Jokic also had a triple-double in Game 1.“He’s magnificent, magnificent,” Popovich said. “I’ll just leave it at that.”Denver went an NBA-best 34-7 at home in the regular season and rode the energy of the packed house.“Crowd was great,” Gary Harris said.It was a forgettable first half for the Spurs, who trailed 47-34 after shooting 22.2% from the floor. The Spurs hit 10 of 19 shots in the fourth quarter.“If we had that in the first half we would have had a better chance of winning,” DeRozan said.TIP-INSSpurs: G Patty Mills played in his 85th playoff game with San Antonio, tying him with Sean Elliott for ninth-most in franchise history. … F LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 16 points.Nuggets: Denver was 2 of 20 from 3-point range. … Denver out-rebounded the Spurs 53-45.CLANGBoth teams shot less than 40% from the field for the game.“Tonight was an odd game,” Popovich said. “I thought both teams set basketball back in the first half. I’m surprised people stayed.”SCREEN GAMEThe Nuggets weren’t particularly pleased with the way the Spurs set screens during the series. More specifically, Jakob Poeltl, whose knee caught Murray in the thigh during the third quarter of Game 6.DeRozan bristled at the notion that Poeltl may be a dirty player.“Anybody that thinks Jakob is a dirty play, they have a dirty mind,” DeRozan said. “Jakob is not a dirty player at all. He goes out there and plays extremely hard. His intent is never to hurt anybody.”HOOPS HISTORIANA big basketball historian, Gay reflected on the loss of John Havlicek, the Boston Celtics star and Hall of Famer who died Thursday at 79. Gay said Havlicek’s versatility paved the way for players like him.“Couldn’t shoot like him,” Gay said. “Wish I could.”POP’S THOUGHTSPopovich was asked in a round-about way what his future as a head coach will be after this season.“I’m a head coach in the NBA,” Popovich responded. “I don’t think about what that means in the future.”By: Pat Graham, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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NBA Commissioner Silver Wants More Female Refs and Coaches

first_imgWASHINGTON — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women — and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too.In an appearance Thursday for The Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Silver said two of the past five refs added from the developmental G-League were women, bringing the total number of female officials to three.“It’s an area, frankly, where I’ve acknowledged that I’m not sure how it was that it remained so male-dominated for so long. Because it’s an area of the game where physically, certainly, there’s no benefit to being a man, as opposed to a woman, when it comes to refereeing,” Silver said.“The goal is: Going forward, it should be roughly 50-50 of new officials entering in the league,” he said. “Same for coaches, by the way. We have a program, too. There’s no reason why women shouldn’t be coaching men’s basketball.”FILE – In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the NBA All-Star festivities in Charlotte, N.C. Silver said Thursday, May 9, 2019, the he wants half of all new referees joining the league to be women, and he would like to see teams hire female coaches, too. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)There has never been a female head coach in the NBA.Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs was the league’s first full-time female assistant. Kristi Toliver worked as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards this season; she also still plays for the WNBA’s Mystics in the same city.In December, the Indiana Pacers made Kelly Krauskopf the first woman to hold the title of assistant general manager in the NBA.Among the other topics he was asked about Thursday was the NBA’s one-and-done rule, and Silver reiterated that he has changed his stance on the issue and is willing to let 18-year-old players enter the league.“I have changed my position. It’s a tough one, because not all the teams agree with me on this,” Silver said, estimating that about half of the league’s clubs are in favor of the switch.He said the NBA and the players’ union are “in active discussions” about that policy and he said any change probably wouldn’t happen before the 2022 season. That’s because some teams already have traded away picks in upcoming drafts, and because that is the year current freshmen in high school would be eligible to head to the pros.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Saha eyeing December return for Ranji Trophy

first_img(Eds: (Repeating after rephrasing intro and minor editing)) Kolkata, Nov 11 (PTI) Injured wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha is confident of returning to first-class cricket in December, having completed his rehabilitation programme after a shoulder surgery in July. “I am feeling much better now. I hope to be back in action by mid-December. I am preparing and training accordingly. Hope my body recovers in time and I’m fit to play (Ranji Trophy). I’ve started net sessions but I am yet to get match-fit,” Saha said during the launch of sports fiction ‘Wiki’ by noted journalist Gautam Bhattacharya at the East Bengal Tent. It has been an extremely disappointing year for Saha, who was sent home due a hamstring injury after playing the first Test of the year against South Africa in Cape Town. During the IPL he had injured his thumb, which was believed to be the reason for his missing the Afghanistan Test in June. But later it was revealed that he had a more serious shoulder injury (posterosuperior labral tear) for which he underwent a surgery in the United Kingdom. India have picked Rishabh Pant along with Parthiv Patel for the upcoming Test series in Australia. With no Test series lined up in near future, Saha said he has to start from scratch by doing well at the domestic level. “Everyone goes through the same cycle — of performing well at the domestic level. You have to be match-fit there and then wait for selection,” Saha said eyeing a return for Bengal in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.advertisement Saha admitted that going through rehab was boring but he’s mentally motivated. “I always count the positives from childhood. Rehab obviously is a boring affair,” he admitted. But he added,”If you are dedicated, you don’t get bored. Training schedule is the same, but it’s about breaking it and keeping yourself motivated,” Saha said. PTI TAP KHS ATATlast_img read more

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Peek Inside a Stunning Minimalist Home Hidden in the Trees

first_img Peter Rose Next Peter Rose Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design 1 of 22 How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Peter Rose For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner This Little House in Washington Has Big Personality Previous Peter Rose Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Designed to take full advantage of the spectacular views, the home features walls of windows, allowing for unobstructed viewing of the sunrise over the bay in the morning and sunset over the ocean in the evening. Custom-made, operable windows were created for the corners of the buildings, creating for cross ventilation during hot summer days. The siding of the home was specifically selected because it will naturally age over time, further blending the home into the landscape.Along with limiting the visual impact of the home, Rose wanted to limit the environmental impact as well. The roof is covered with sea grass, which collects rainwater that is then stored in a large cistern. This design allows for better thermal insulation and acts as a noise reducer.The large, paneled windows on the southern side of the home maximize solar heat absorption, further reducing energy costs in the winter. These floor-to-ceiling glass panels can be opened in the summer to make the most of natural breezes and form a connection between the interior and exterior, an important factor of minimalist design.On the inside of the home, rooms were designed around the views. The open concept kitchen and family room look out onto the property. The furniture is all low profile to allow for unobstructed views from anywhere in the space. Natural wood covers the walls and ceilings throughout the home, creating a warm and inviting feel, something that is often lacking in minimalist spaces. Rose’s use of natural finishes on the interior further cements his design philosophy of blending nature with his man-made structures.Article originally published July 20, 2017. Last update July 3, 2018. Editors’ Recommendations One of the key elements of minimalist design is limiting interior clutter to make room for appreciating the exterior views. It’s about blending man-made structures with their natural surroundings so that the buildings become a part of the landscape. Few architects do this better than Peter Rose. Since 1978, he has been honing his philosophy about what architecture should be. Island Residence, located near Edgartown, Massachusetts, is a reflection of his passion for, and dedication to, creating structures that suit not just the client, but the surrounding landscape and the history of the site.Energy-efficient and nature-conscious, the Island Residence, built in 2012, is a reimagining of the property. The original site consisted of a main house, a garage with guest house, and an impossibly long driveway that cut through the center of a meadow. Rose replaced all of that with a four-structure complex nestled between a forest, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and Cape Pogue Bay to the east. Now the property houses a main residence, a garage, a storage shed, and a boathouse. The new design seamlessly blends the man-made home with the surrounding natural beauty of the property. Peter Rose Peter Rose Peter Rose Peter Rose last_img read more

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NSWMA to Implement Night Collections for Festive Season

first_img The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be stepping up operations in town centres across the island for the festive season.Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon, told JIS News that beginning December 15, the agency will be carrying out night collections in commercial areas between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m.“We expect to crank up our Christmas operations in terms of special collections from the 15th of December, which is considered the peak shopping period up to New Year. We will be looking at more night collections for the major town centres where there is heavy shopping. We will be going right up until the New Year to ensure that the place is kept clean,” he said.Mr. Gordon informed that the agency will be working closely with the municipal corporations in the operations.“We have been speaking with the corporations in terms of what streets will be open for vending, and we have begun to strategise how and when we will clean those streets,” he noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Gordon is appealing to the public to work with the NSWMA in the proper disposal of waste material.“When you go shopping and accumulate all the gift boxes and wrapping papers, package them properly; we will come for them. We want to work together to make this the cleanest Christmas ever,” he said.He assured that the NSWMA will be keeping to its regular collection schedule for residential areas during the Christmas period.The NSWMA is an agency of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.Operations are carried out through its regional offices – Metropolitan Parks and Markets Ltd., Southern Parks and Markets Ltd., Western Parks and Markets Ltd., and North Eastern Parks and Markets Ltd.The agency manages waste sites in four regions – Riverton, Retirement, and the Southern and Northeastern sections of the island. “We expect to crank up our Christmas operations in terms of special collections from the 15th of December, which is considered the peak shopping period up to New Year. We will be looking at more night collections for the major town centres where there is heavy shopping. We will be going right up until the New Year to ensure that the place is kept clean,” he said. The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be stepping up operations in town centres across the island for the festive season. Story Highlights Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon, told JIS News that beginning December 15, the agency will be carrying out night collections in commercial areas between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. last_img read more

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Banking on the coveted mat for medal in Tokyo

first_imgNew Delhi: Wrestling is one of the sports that is expected to produce at least a medal for India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat are the two most likely wrestlers to end up on the podium. Yet, it is interesting to note that apart from these two ace grapplers, it is thin pickings for India in wrestling. Bajrang is ranked number one in the world in the 65kg category and is considered a genuine contender for gold medal in Tokyo. He has won seven golds in his last nine tournaments and this includes his victory at the 2018 Asian Games. He is looking to seal qualification through the World Championship that will be held in September in Nur-Sultan, Kazhakstan, for which he sealed his spot in the Indian contingent in a rather farcical trial on Friday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Bajrang said after the trial that he is working with his coach Shako Bentinidis on his leg defence, the only real weakness in what is otherwise a foolproof technique. Bajrang tends to give away points with the overwhelming confidence that he can make up for the deficit. He manages to do that most of the times but defeats in the final of the 2018 World Championship and the 2019 Beat the Street at Madison Square Garden showed that this makes him susceptible against elite competition in high-pressure environments. The World Championship would also be the perfect gauge to see where Bajrang truly stands with the respect to the Olympics with the 24-year-old expecting the competition in Kazhakstan to match, if not surpass, what he will face in Tokyo. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Despite his high billing, it is interesting to note that this will be the first time Bajrang will be taking part in the Olympics. He was anything but the household name he is now during Rio 2016, unlike Vinesh. Vinesh was one of the favourites to win a medal at the 2016 Olympics but a career threatening injury during the quarter finals forced her to end her campaign. Vinesh has since then fought her way back to fitness and form. However, unlike Bajrang, she has not been steady with her weight class. Vinesh wrestled in the Rio Olympics in 48kg. After her recovery, she tried to wrestle in the category in the 2017 World Championship with little success. Her two golds in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018 came in 50kg but in March this year, she decided to move up to 53kg to reduce the risk of injuries and prolong her career. Her first challenge in the new weight class was the Dan Kolov tournament and that was followed by the Asian Championship in April. She won a silver and a bronze respectively in the two events but then went on to win the Grand Prix in Spain and Yasar Dogu tournament this month, thus indicating that she is settling into her new category. Apart from these two wrestlers, it is hard to see a genuine medal contender in the Indian contingent. Sakshi Malik has been on a downward spiral since her historic bronze medal at Rio 2016. She admitted that a lot of it has to do with the mental clutter because of which she has curbed her tendency to take risks. It is this tendency that allowed her to go 0-5 down in the medal match in Rio before turning it around and ending up with a smile on her face and a medal around her neck. She will be looking to make the World Championship team on Sunday in the trials that will be held in Lucknow. It is to be noted, though, that Sakshi was hardly in form wrester going into Rio 2016, just as is the case now. Pooja Dhanda (57kg) and Seema (50kg) are two other names who have impressed in recent years among the female wrestlers while Sumit (125kg), Mausam Khatri (97kg), Deepak Punia (86kg) and Ravi Dahiya(57kg) have made it to the World Championship squad. Sushil Kumar will be looking to join them in the 74kg category with the trials for the weight class being postponed to the second week of August. The 36-year-old two-time Olympic medallist, well into the twilight of his career, last made an appearance in the international stage at the 2018 Asian Games where he crashed out in the qualifications.last_img read more

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Right to a timely trial cannot be lightly discarded Supreme Court rules

first_imgOTTAWA – All players in the justice system need to do their part to target the “root causes” of unnecessary trial delays, the Supreme Court of Canada said Friday in affirming its landmark ruling on timely proceedings.The high court ruled unanimously that a Newfoundland and Labrador man facing drug and weapon charges should not go to trial under new rules spelled out last July for determining unjustifiable court delays.The latest decision comes amid intense public and political debate over the time limits for trials, including a Senate committee report this week that expressed concern over accused criminals walking free.The Supreme Court stood its ground on the need for timeliness in ruling on the case of James Cody, who was arrested in Conception Bay, N.L., in January 2010 and charged with drug possession for the purposes of trafficking and possession of a prohibited weapon.For various reasons, Cody’s trial was not slated to begin until late January 2015, five years and 21 days after the arrest.The trial judge stayed the criminal proceedings against Cody in December 2014 due to the delay, a decision that was overturned by the Newfoundland and Labrador appeal court using transitional provisions of the new framework set out by the Supreme Court.In its groundbreaking decision last year, the high court cited a “culture of complacency” in the justice system and said the old means of determining whether a person’s constitutional right to a timely trial had been infringed was too complex and unpredictable.Under the new framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings — from the criminal charge to conclusion of a trial — exceed 18 months in provincial court, or 30 months in superior court.However, those benchmarks were not set in stone, the court cautioned.The Crown could challenge the notion that a delay is unreasonable by demonstrating “exceptional circumstances,” a majority of the court said in its reasons.These circumstances could include something unforeseen and beyond the Crown’s control, such as a sudden illness, or a case requiring extradition of an accused from another country. They might also arise in “particularly complex” cases that involve disclosure of many documents, a large number of witnesses or a significant need for expert evidence.The Supreme Court also said that as a transitional measure for cases already in the system, the new framework must be applied “flexibly and contextually.”In the Cody case, the high court said there was a net delay of 36.5 months after applicable deductions and concluded that the Crown could not show the delay was justified. The court therefore said the order of the trial judge to halt proceedings against Cody must be restored.“This appeal is yet another example of why change is necessary,” the Supreme Court said in its reasons for the decision.The court said trial judges can play an important role, for instance by denying an adjournment request on the basis it would result in an unacceptably long delay.Michael Crystal, a lawyer for Cody, welcomed the ruling.“This case is all about access to justice,” Crystal said.“It is about the dignity of a trial. It is about the court saying everyone who participates in the process — defence lawyers, Crown attorneys, prosecutors — you have an obligation to work hard, do your jobs, but do it expeditiously.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the government would take time to consider the decision that will see Cody avoid a trial.“But there’s no question that it’s part of what has become a bit of a troubling pattern,” Trudeau said. “And we need to make sure that we are working hard to ensure that justice is swift and properly meted out to anyone who commits crimes.”The Conservatives have repeatedly accused the Liberals of moving too slowly to appoint judges to vacant spots.The government is moving to fill those positions, bolster the courts with more federally appointed judges and work with the provinces to deal with the “very real problem” of delays, Trudeau added.In their decision Friday, the judges noted that a number of provincial attorneys general who intervened in the Cody case asked the court to modify the new framework to provide for more flexibility in deducting and justifying delay.The court said that like any of its precedents, the 2016 decision “must be followed and it cannot be lightly discarded or overruled.”The new framework, when properly applied, already provides sufficient flexibility and takes into account the transitional period that is required for the criminal justice system to adapt, the court said.In its report this week, the Senate legal affairs committee said a stay of proceedings should not be the only remedy available for delays, particularly in cases involving serious crimes. It recommended that remedies include a reduced sentence and an award of financial costs.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Its OK to cry in the courtroom even if youre a judge

first_imgVANCOUVER – Judges can’t be expected to be emotionless robots, two legal experts said after a defence lawyer questioned a British Columbia judge’s ability to deliver a fair sentence because she cried during a victim impact statement.Defence lawyer Jacqueline Halliburn has asked provincial court Judge Monica McParland to recuse herself from the Kelowna courtroom because of what she argued was an “overall tone of bias” against a person who pleaded guilty in a sexual interference case. The lawyer also said McParland scoffed at the defence’s suggestion for an intermittent jail sentence.It will be up to McParland to decide if she should quit the case and refer sentencing to another judge.Annalise Acorn, a professor of law at the University of Alberta with no involvement to the case, said judges are routinely confronted with facts involving tremendous amounts of human suffering and as human beings can be expected to have an emotional response, just like anyone else.The case highlights a false expectation that reason has to be independent from emotion, she said. But that is a distorted view of what takes place in the trial process, where there are all kinds of overlap and interplay between reason and emotion.“Emotions are these kind of physical responses we have to rational evaluations,” said Acorn, whose main area of research is the philosophy of emotions in the context of conflict and justice.“In my view, to suggest that an emotional response in itself is an indication of bias is a really wrong-headed approach.”Jeremy Melvin Carlson was charged in 2016 with sexual assault and the sexual interference of a person under the age of 16. Carlson, who is transgender and is in the midst of a male-to-female transition, pleaded guilty to sexual interference of a minor.Janine Benedet, a law professor at the University of British Columbia, said it’s significant that the judge cried during the sentencing stage of the trial, which means the accused had already been convicted.“As a society, we should have a revulsion to the sexual abuse of children, there’s nothing wrong with finding that distressing,” she said.While she wasn’t aware of similar cases, Benedet said the courts recognize that judges and juries may be affected by what they see and hear in court. That’s why there’s a process to determine, for example, whether still photographs of a graphic event might be shown as evidence instead of a full video.After the Crown and defence arguments were made on Monday, McParland indicated her decision will come before the end of August. Online court documents show the case is due to return to provincial court in Kelowna for a decision on Aug. 17.The Crown wants a jail sentence up to 20 months, followed by two years of probation. The defence recommended a 90-day intermittent jail term, to be served over 20 weekends.The judge’s response when Halliburn proposed that sentence is a matter of dispute. Halliburn described it in her submission to the court as a “short, sharp scoff,” but Crown prosecutor Angela Ross says no such response is audible on court recordings where it’s alleged to have occurred.Judges routinely display a wide range of mannerisms and speaking styles in their interactions with counsel during sentencing proceedings, Ross said, and even if they were true, none of the behaviours ascribed to McParland meet the high standard of proof required for a judicial recusal.— With files from Ron Seymour, the Kelowna Daily Courierlast_img read more

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Woman raped by monk says rights group

The Asian Human Rights Commission has also called for the arrest of the suspected monk so that he does not intervene criminally in the investigation and a possible subsequent prosecution in the case. The Asian Human Rights Commission statement further adds: The prosecutrix lodged a complaint to the police on the next day and she was admitted to the Ragama hospital. She was hospitalised for seven days. During her stay at the hospital, a Judicial Medical Officer examined the prosecutrix. At the hospital, the police questioned the prosecutrix and recorded a statement. At once stage the police tried to suggest to the prosecutrix that whether she was mentally fit. The prosecutrix however denied the accusation that she is mentally ill.On her return from the hospital, the prosecutrix tried to get the police to act on her complaint. At this the police took her in their vehicle to police station and interrogated her for about six hours. However, she noticed that the police were not writing down any of the things that she revealed. She also found that the questions that the police asked were demining and further insulting her morally. The prosecutrix alleges that the questioning by the police made her feel that the police were asking questions merely for their enjoyment. She insisted several times that her statement should be recorded. “The prosecutrix, a mother of two, has complained that she had known this monk for some time. It is alleged that 4 January, the prosecutrix went to meet the monk, seeking some advice. To her surprise, the monk is alleged to have suggested to the prosecutrix, that she should have sex with him, which she eventually refused. The prosecutrix claims that, thereafter, the monk forcibly took her to a room and assaulted her on her head and stomach. At this, it is reported that the prosecutrix kneeled before the monk and begged him not to assault or harm her further. It is alleged that the monk did not agree, and then he forcibly removed the prosecutrix’s cloths and raped her several times. The prosecutrix alleges that she was able to escape only much later when the door of the room was unlocked. Meanwhile, the police, also interrogated the prosecutrix’s sister and son (17-year-old). The police are accused of having attempted to convince the prosecutrix’s sister to pressure the prosecutrix to withdraw the complaint, as this monk was very powerful.In the meanwhile the monk is alleged to have contacted the prosecutrix and threatened her that he will use “Gurukam” (witchcraft) to make her mad and asked her not to pursue the complaint since according to him, the Gurukam cannot succeed. Despite several attempts by the prosecutrix and her relatives, the police have not taken any actions against the monk. Her relatives are living in fear, that she could be harmed by the monk or his supporters.”The Asian Human Rights Commission has written to the Inspector General of Police N.K. Illangakoon, requesting him to intervene in the case and to ensure that an impartial and sensible investigation into the incident is undertaken, giving also importance to the fact that the case is of rape and the victim should be treated by the investigating agency with decency, respecting her gender. The chief monk of a Temple in the Kelaniya area has been accused of raping a 43-year-old woman this month, the Asian Human Rights Commission said in a statement today.According to the human rights group, the Peliyagoda police have also refused to look into the complaint as it involved a Buddhist monk. read more

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UN probing allegations that Tutsi soldiers killed by nonTutsi colleagues

The human rights section of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) was aware of the allegations and was investigating them, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at the daily headquarters briefing in New York.The killings of the Congolese Tutsis, also known as Banyamulenge, allegedly took place in the towns of Walunga, Shabunda and in Bukavu at Camp Sayo, he said.

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Annan calls for investment in disaster prevention in year of profound lessons

In a message to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, he noted the year’s range of disasters from the massive Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, to the ravages of drought and locusts in Africa, from the devastation caused by hurricanes and cyclones in the United States, the Caribbean and the Pacific to the heavy flooding across Europe and Asia. In these natural disasters, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions lost their livelihoods, Mr. Annan said.“The lesson we must draw is encapsulated in the theme of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction: ‘Invest to prevent disaster’,” he said. “We cannot stop natural calamities, but we can and must better equip individuals and communities to withstand them. Those most vulnerable to nature’s wrath are usually the poorest, which means that when we reduce poverty, we also reduce vulnerability.” This year, the International Year of Microcredit, is a time to recognize that microfinance can help empower those with little or no access to traditional financial institutions, thereby reducing disaster risk and improving disaster management, Mr. Annan said. By diversifying the income of high-risk populations and promoting disaster insurance, microfinance can strengthen coping mechanisms before disasters, while hastening recovery afterwards, he said. This is the type of innovative approach called for in the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015, adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Japan in January, and reaffirmed in September at the World Summit at UN Headquarters in New York, he said.The Hyogo Framework calls for a global commitment to speed up disaster response times, as well as set guidelines for disaster prevention and develop people-centred early warning systems providing timely information that is easily understood by at-risk populations.“It is incumbent on all of us to ensure that the Framework is implemented as quickly as possible,” General Assembly President Jan Eliasson of Sweden said.“It is hard to prevent most natural hazards. But we can work together to prevent so many of them from becoming natural disasters,” he added.The director of the inter-agency UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Sálvano Briceño, said: “While supporting communities and helping them manage their own preparedness and recovery, microfinance must be part of a greater strategy of disaster risk reduction.”To this end, the UN/ISDR Secretariat was launching a global debate on how microfinance could reduce the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities.Several financial experts, disaster managers and UN specialists would meet on Friday and Saturday in New Delhi, India, to discuss the impact of microfinance in countries affected by last December’s tsunami, it said. In Indonesia, Switzerland, Thailand and Tajikistan, other events would promote the dialogue on the potential of microfinance tools to reduce disaster risk and increase community resilience. By the end of December UN/ISDR would have prepared a publication for wide dissemination on the results of the discussions. read more

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SMMT connects suppliers with finance sector at Meet the Funder 2013

SMMT is offering automotive suppliers a direct path to the financial sector at this year’s Meet the Funder event, which will take place on 24 October 2013 at Cranmore Park, Solihull.Supply chain delegates will be able to hear from a wide variety of key industry stakeholders, including:Jaguar Land RoverRBSThe British Bankers’ AssociationSantanderTier-one supplier, Magal EngineeringA number of networking sessions will take place throughout the day, giving attendees the opportunity to discuss funding opportunities with more than 10 banks and several other financial bodies. The day’s agenda, along with the full list of funders, can be accessed here.Created in 2012, Meet the Funder brings together some of the UK’s largest financial lenders, support agencies and automotive supply companies at a specialist networking event designed to enhance dialogue, strengthen relationships and ramp-up lending in the auto industry. Widespread investment into UK vehicle manufacturing – such as Jaguar Land Rover’s recent announcement of £1.5 billion to be devoted to its Solihull plant – means opportunities are plentiful in the supply chain, and Meet the Funder aims to maximise these for locally based firms.Should delegates wish to arrange one-to-one appointments with funders, these are available on request via the booking system.To book a place, please register here.Please note the charges:SMMT members: FREE.Non-members: £15+VAT administration fee.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Shakespeares Richard III to be staged in sensitive production at cathedral where

first_imgOrganisers of the play, taking place in July, admit that some people may not like the event.Shakespeare’s drama immortalised the king as a ruthless villain, most famously played by Laurence Olivier. The new production is said to be a “modern updating”, and is billed as a “thrilling new production” of a “darkly comic drama”. Ben Horslen, of theatre company Antic Disposition, admitted that producers would have to be “sensitive” and “careful” with how it is staged. It is the final resting place of a king who for centuries languished ingloriously under what is now a council car park.But Leicester Cathedral, where Richard III was reburied with great fanfare just two years ago, is to provide the backdrop for a new production of the Shakespeare play that depicts him as a murderous tyrant.Organisers of the show promise it will be a “sensitive” one, in keeping with the religious setting. The last Plantagenet king, killed in battle more than 500 years ago, was reburied at a service presided over by the Archbishop of Canterbury.Guests included Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the Sherlock star – a distant relative of Richard III – who read a poem composed for the occasion. The skeleton of Richard III was unearthed by archaeologistsCredit:Reuters/University of Leicester Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby during the internment of the remains of Richard III at Leicester Cathedral. A representative of the Richard III Society said he was surprised about the production, but said it sounded interesting.When the body was found in 2012 the bones were confirmed as those of Richard III by academics who matched the DNA with that of his descendants.Leicester Cathedral will not be the only religious space to stage the production. Richard III will go on tour, also being put on at Ely, Peterborough, Gloucester, Bristol and Salisbury Cathedrals, as well as London’s Temple Church. 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. The tomb of Richard IIICredit:PA JOe Giddens  In a foreword to the order of service, the Queen described him as “a king who lived through turbulent times and whose Christian faith sustained him in life and death”.center_img The Archbishop of Canterbury presided over Richard III’s reburialCredit:Will Johnston/Leicester Cathedral/PA Richard III's body was discovered in Leicester The skeleton of Richard III “It is possible there are people who are not going to like it. There are people who don’t always like anything done in cathedrals other than worshipping,” he told The Guardian. He said it would be interesting to compare the historical king with the fictional one.Mr Horslen added: “The best way to be sensitive about it is to be very clear that this is Shakespeare’s version. It is a theatrical rendition of a character, not a historical one.” At the reburial service, the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, said: “People have come in their thousands from around the world to this place of honour, not to judge or condemn but to stand humble and reverent.” The tomb of Richard III Richard III’s body was discovered in LeicesterCredit:Royal Collectionlast_img read more

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La Penitence woman robbed – Police recover gun dropped by fleeing

Police are investigating a robbery under arms committed on 25-year-old Komattie Kissoon, of Middle Road, La Penitence, which occurred about 02:00hrs this morning.According to a report from the Guyana Police Force, four male bandits carried out the attack, one of whom was armed with a handgun. They reportedly escaped with $4,500 in cash,  one cell phone and a handbag containing documents. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related The police said investigations disclosed that the victim was in the lower flat of the house, resting on a chair, when she was confronted by the men who held her at gunpoint and demanded cash and valuables and she handed over the items aforementioned, after which they fled and she made an alarm. The police, having been notified of the robbery whilst it was being committed responded promptly. On arrival the suspects were seen fleeing the scene. They were persued but managed to jump a northern fence and escaped. The area was searched and the police ranks found a .32 revolver, a black toque and a yellow glove (as seen in photo below). read more

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One for the kids

first_imgAs part of Festival Hellenika comes a delightful introduction to Hellenic myths and legends. It’s storytelling time with Greek myth Arion and the Dolphin. Gia Pyrlis will read this myth with a twist and a little in English and a little in Greek. There will be song and craft associated with this storytelling session. The way the myth will be told to the children will showcase the story of humanity’s connection with music and the natural environment, with a little adventure thrown in, and an anti-bullying message. Concept and text by Theatro Paedi, this show is suitable for children aged between two and five years. The storytelling will take place at Woodville Civic Library, 72 Woodville Road, Woodville SA. For more information contact www.festivalhellenika.org.au Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Google a dévoilé son système de paiement sans carte Google Wallet

first_imgGoogle a dévoilé son système de paiement sans carte, Google WalletLe géant américain a annoncé jeudi la création d’une application pour smartphones dédiée au paiement sans carte bancaire.Google met tout son poids ces derniers temps pour développer le paiement sans carte bancaire, via une application sur smartphones développée avec Mastercard et Citigroup. Actuellement en phase de test, cette application nommée Google Wallet (“Portefeuille” en français) devrait être disponible aux mobinautes de New-York et San Francisco cet été, avant une extension à l’ensemble des Etats-Unis puis à l’Europe et à l’Asie, explique l’AFP. “Nous pensons que 2011 et au-delà sera l’ère du ‘Mo Lo'”, a ainsi lâché Stephanie Tilenius, patronne des activités de Google liées au commerce. ‘Mo Lo’ ou le commerce LOcal avec l’Internet MObile…À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Google Wallet doit permettre à la fois de payer, avec les coordonnées de cartes bancaires, ou en alimentant une carte de paiement prépayée, de profiter d’offres spéciales des commerçants, et de valider des cartes de fidélité, le tout avec son smartphone. Au niveau de la sécurité des achats, divers systèmes de cryptage, notamment mis au point par la société First Data, sont intégrés au système. De plus, le système sera débranché chaque fois que l’écran est éteint, et en cas de perte, un coup de fil devrait suffire à désactiver toute la fonction paiement. Uniquement disponible sur les téléphones équipés d’une puce NFC, dont Google estime qu’il représenteront la moitié du parc total en 2014, l’application Google Wallet permettra au groupe américain de recueillir de précieuses données sur les habitudes de consommation des mobinautes et percevoir une commission sur les ventes réalisées.Le 27 mai 2011 à 11:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Gov Greg Abbott Calls For More Resources Following Border Patrol Agents Death

first_img Share Callie Richmond for The Texas TribuneAt sunset, a Customs and Border Patrol agent places floodlights along a levee that ties into a segment of border fence in Hidalgo, Texas.State and national leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, said more resources should be devoted to border security following the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent Sunday.The agent died from injuries sustained while he was on patrol in southwest Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Sunday in a news release, offering sparse details. His partner was injured and was hospitalized in serious condition. Rogelio Martinez and his partner – still unnamed – were “responding to activity while on patrol near Interstate 10,” about 100 miles east of El Paso, the agency’s release said. “Agent Martinez’s partner reported that they were both injured and in need of assistance. Responding agents provided immediate medical care, and transported both agents to a local hospital.”Martinez, 36, died from his injuries. He had been a Border Patrol agent since 2013, and was from El Paso, according to news reports. Officials on Sunday did not say what incident the pair were responding to. But Abbott called the incident “an attack” on Twitter, and politicians were quick to say more resources should go to border security. “Our prayers are with the families of this Border Patrol Agent who was killed & the other who was injured in this attack in Texas,” Abbott said in a message posted to Twitter. “Our resources must be increased to prevent these attacks in the future.”President Donald Trump, also responding on Twitter, made a renewed call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!” his tweet reads, in part.In a statement Sunday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz wrote: “This is a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an [unsecured] border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them.” He offered condolences and prayers and said, “I remain fully committed to working with the Border Patrol to provide them with all the resources they need to safeguard our nation.”Jeanette Harper, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s El Paso office, toldthe San Antonio Express-News that the two agents had not been shot. “They were not fired upon,” Harper said. “There are so many different agencies working together that we need to come together and develop a timeline.” She said more information would be released Monday. Border Patrol agents and the Culberson County Sheriff’s Department secured the scene, according to the agency’s Sunday release, and the area was searched for potential suspects and witnesses.In an email, a Border Protection spokesperson said the FBI is currently leading the investigation. The Sunday release said the local sheriff’s department, Office of Inspector General, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility were also investigating the incident.  Both agents were assigned to the Big Bend Sector of the Border Patrol, a region that spans parts of Texas and Oklahoma.last_img read more

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Houston Mayor To Discuss Safety At Jack Yates High School South Houston

first_imgSouth Houston asks for relaxed mercury rulesThe City of South Houston is asking the state to remove limits on the amount of mercury that can be dumped into Berry Bayou.The city first applied for the change in 2017. Described as a “major amendment” in documents from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the application asks for the removal of mercury effluent limits.If approved, South Houston would no longer have to test the levels of mercury discharged into Berry Bayou, which flows through the Sims and Buffalo bayous then out to the Houston Ship Channel.TCEQ notified residents of a draft permit it was preparing earlier this year, and on Tuesday wrapped up public comment on the request, along with a public meeting on the issue.Though TCEQ says the bayou is of “limited aquatic life use” and an initial review found existing water quality uses will be maintained, the city’s application received dozens of comments, according to a TCEQ database. Most of those comments were against the request. Mayor to speak on safety at high school visitElla Feldman / HPMMayor Sylvester Turner sits down to lunch with Lamar High School students and local officials to discuss gun violence. The lunch was inspired by a letter he received from Lamar senior Elizabeth Nelson-Fryar,. pictured right of him.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Wednesday will visit Jack Yates High School, joined by HISD Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan and HPD Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.The group will be discussing campus safety and other concerns with student leaders and administrators.  The visit comes after Turner met with student leaders at Lamar High School following a shooting near campus. Texas executes member of Texas 7Joseph Garcia, 47, was a member of a group of seven escaped prisoners implicated in the fatal shooting of 29-year old Irving police officer, Aubrey Hawkins, during a Christmas Eve robbery in 2000. He was executed by the State of Texas Tuesday night.Garcia reportedly did not fire the weapon that killed Hawkins but was convicted under the state’s Law of Parties, which allows for someone to be held responsible for another person’s crime if he or she tried to help commit that crime.Garcia’s attorneys had sought a reprieve from Governor Greg Abbott over concerns of the pentobarbital used in Texas executions. They also argued the uncertainty over the drug was an 8th amendment ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ that should be addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court.Four of the Texas 7 have been put to death, and two others remain on death row. One escaped inmate committed suicide before he was captured. Garcia is the 22nd inmate executed this year in the U.S., the 12th in Texas. PGA moves to TexasThe Professional Golfers Association is moving its headquarters from Florida to Texas to a 520-million dollar development outside of Dallas that will include a 500-room hotel, a large conference center, and two golf courses.The first tournament at the new Frisco facility will be in 2023, with the PGA Championship scheduled at one of the two courses in 2027 and 2034.The PGA of America has been based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for the last four decades. Road closures due to Bush memorial services announced Road closures on Riverway Dr. between Sage Rd. and South Post Oak Ln. will start Wednesday at 11 a.m. Traffic will also be closed on Sage Rd., between Tangle Lane and Woodway Dr.Details and map for the services honoring former President #GeorgeHWBush #hounews pic.twitter.com/XEwIlU9HCr— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) December 4, 2018Additionally, roads will close starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. on Woodway Dr., between Chimney Rock and North Post Oak Lane. Message boards will be deployed to announce road closures and updates.“Traveling on Woodway between Chimney Rock and the West Loop is going to be very restricted. Only residents and business owners needing access into the area will be allowed beyond the road closures,” HPD Executive Assistant Chief Matt Slinkard noted, adding that walk-ups to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church will not be permitted. Share A look at the custom locomotive taking former president George H. W. Bush to College StationShannon Harrison/Houston Public MediaUnion Pacific Locomotive 4141 will transport the remains of President George H. W. Bush, along with his family and friends, from Spring to College Station. He will be buried at his presidential library at Texas A&M University.This has been a somber and emotional week for the Bush family with the death of former President George H. W. Bush. It’s also been a week of hectic travel, with the family accompanying the coffin over thousands of miles by car and by plane.But the former president’s last journey will be by train– Union Pacific Locomotive 4141 will transport George H.W. Bush’s remains from Spring to College Station.last_img read more