John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA chief believes Gilas can get back at Aussies Lazarus hopes the PFL will be able to commercialize the platform through advertising, sponsorships, subscription or pay-per-view opportunities for live matches.On top of the streaming service, Sportradar will provide the PFL integrity services to identify and analyze suspicious activities.“We are particularly encouraged by the PFL’s commitment to keep the league clean,” said Gautam.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving The deal was signed yesterday by Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, PFL chief executive officer Lazarus Xavier, and Sportradar director of business development in Asia Biplav Gautam.Gautam will pave the way for the company to live stream matches through its website and www.pfl.tv.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The past year was a fantastic first year for the PFL, and we believe that 2018 will be the year we take the league to the next level with Sportradar,” said Araneta, also chair of the league’s board.Sportradar will help PFL create its own video and streaming platform using the company’s Over The Top solution. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines Football League (PFL) attracted its first big partner for its second season that kicks off March 3.Sportradar, a global sports data and media company, will serve as official audio-visual and data distributor as well as integrity services partner, which aims to address the threat of match-fixing.ADVERTISEMENT
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday confirmed that 57 candidates from around the world have applied for the post of head coach of the Indian team lying vacant since the end of 2015 ICC World Cup. (Ricky Ponting backs Rahul Dravid for Team India coaching job)HUGE INTEREST “At the close of the June 10, 2016, the timeline set for receiving applications for the position of the Head Coach of the Indian cricket team, BCCI has received a total of 57 applications from coaches within India and overseas,” BCCI said in a statement.”The primary scrutiny of the applications received is now being carried out by the office of the secretary of the BCCI, with regards to the applicants, meeting the set eligibility criteria. After this initial scrutiny, the list of candidates who meet the criteria will be processed for further consideration,” the statement added.NOTABLE NAMES Some of the notable applicants include former team director Ravi Shastri, national chief selector Sandeep Patil and former seamer and bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad. (Rahul Dravid plays down prospects of coaching Team India)Apart from the trio, former India players – pacer Balwinder Singh Sandhu and batsman Hrishikesh Kanitkar – are also contenders for one of the most lucrative jobs in world cricket.After Zimbabwean Duncan Fletcher’s contract ended after the 2015 World Cup held between February 14 and March 29 in Australia and New Zealand, former India skipper Ravi Shastri served as the team director till the 2016 ICC World T20 in March April in India. (BCCI likely to prefer ‘Hindi speaking’ coach for Team India)advertisementSanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar teamed up respectively as the batting, bowling and fielding coaches under Shastri. (Gavaskar backs Dravid as India coach)Last month, the BCCI appointed former India all-rounder Bangar as interim head coach for the ongoing limited overs tour of Zimbabwe, while former domestic cricketer Abhay Sharma was named fielding coach.
Limited overs specialist Jos Buttler will replace the struggling Ben Duckett in a rejigged England batting lineup, skipper Alastair Cook confirmed ahead of his team’s third Test against India beginning on Saturday.The tourists will also miss the services of paceman Stuart Broad and left-arm spinner Zafar Ansari through injuries as they press for a series-levelling victory at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium. (Also read: England will beat India 2-1 in Test series: Monty Panesar to India Today)”Jos is an extremely talented cricketer,” Cook told reporters, confirming Buttler will bat at number seven, while all-rounder Moeen Ali would come at four, ahead of wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.Buttler played the last of his 15 tests against Pakistan last year but Cook was confident the 26-year-old would overcome a lack of preparation and replicate his limited overs form in Test cricket.”He’s up there in top three-four short form players in the world. We’re dealing with a very talented guy,” Cook said. (Also read: Virat Kohli on ball-tampering allegation: I heard about it and laughed at it )”He has earned an opportunity to come and play here. It’s clearly not ideal because of circumstances and he hasn’t played a lot of red-ball cricket but sometimes when the pressure’s off and you just go out and play, you can do something special.”Duckett’s scores of 13, five and zero in his three innings in India underline his struggle against the spin with the promising 22-year-old claimed by Ravichandran Ashwin on all three occasions. advertisement”He won’t be the only good player who has ever got dropped. He has an England future, there’s no doubt about it,” said Cook.”He has got an issue which unfortunately has been found out quite quickly, which can happen in this part of the world in international cricket.”He can go and address that and come again because he’s a very talented and exciting cricketer in all three forms. It’s just a blip in his career and he will have to work at his game.”Chris Woakes will replace Broad, while Bairstow, despite Buttler’s return, would balance his dual duties of keeping wickets along with his promotion in the batting order. (Also read: Anil Kumble rubbishes ball tampering allegations against Virat Kohli)”Jonny had a glint in his eye when I said ‘we’d like you to move up to five’,” Cook said declining to name Ansari’s replacement.”It gives him more chance to bat. He bats at five and keeps at Yorkshire so he’s used to that role.”If everything was ideal we’d leave him at seven because it gives him a bit more time to recover but it gives him more time to bat with better batters.”
Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were among a host of India cricketers who wished Mithali Raj’s women’s team luck for the Cricket World Cup starting in England tomorrow.Kohli recently led India to the final of the Champions Trophy where they were defeated by a rampant Pakistan. The men’s team is currently in the West Indies for a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 International. The first ODI will be played at Port of Spain later on Friday.Here’s #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli’s messge for @BCCIWomen @cricketworldcup #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/NC08Nx5a2C- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2017India begin their World Cup campaign against England on Saturday at Derby. They next face West Indies women on June 29 before another India vs Pakistan clash on Sunday, July 2. There would be more league matches to go through before the semi-finalists are decided.’Good luck and play amazing cricket’ – @hardikpandya7’s message for @BCCIWomen #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/BKU6eFVStd- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2017India, under Raj, are one of the favourites to win the tournament, thanks to their star-studded line-up. The captain believes in leading from the front and has delivered results in her tenure. Along with coach Tushar Arothe, Raj has been able to mould the the Indian team into one of the most potent in women’s cricket today.BELIEVE. BECOME – here’s @BhuviOfficial wishing @BCCIWomen ahead of #WWC17 campaign pic.twitter.com/FG9OUrMp6W- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2017Recently in a dinner and media roundtable event hosted to mark the beginning of the World Cup, Raj took exception when a journalist asked her who her favourite male cricketers were.advertisementHer reply won her many more admirers: “”Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who’s your favourite cricketer but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.”‘Enjoy the journey and do well’ – @DineshKarthik’s message for @BCCIWomen #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/WLuAP92iBl- BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2017
TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Panathinaikos may be a hoop power in Greece but it can’t handle Barcelona in European league play, falling to the Spanish team for the fourth time this year, this time by 81-77.The Greens got a break though when European champion Maccabi from Tel Aviv lost at Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, which means the Greek team still has a chance to finish second in its group behind another dominant Spanish team, Real Madrid.In Athens, Barcelona took a 42-32 halftime lead after a late spurt in the second period and it kept Panathinaikos off balance the rest of the game.The Greek team came on strong as the game wound down and a three-pointer from Captain Dimistris Diamantidis brought it within 79-77 but that was all she wrote.Esteban Batista scored 16 points and James Gist had 14. Panathinaikos is now 5-4 in European play.
zoom The number of ultra large vessels calling at the Port of Hamburg has increased by almost a third since 2008, reaching 989 from 621.This includes not only container ships, but also cruise ships, bulk carriers and other vessels, all of which are subject to different restrictions when navigating the estuary to and from Hamburg, caused by the water level in the river Elbe or the width of the navigation channel.According to the port, this is resulting in some major challenges for the port operators, shipping companies and authorities.These restrictions have to be taken into account when ship calls are being processed and this results in there being interdependency on the arrival or departure of other ships. With Nautical Terminal Coordination, a body has been introduced that monitors the interdependency of all ship entries in Northern Europe and can then identify conflict situations and reduce the impact on the entire port system.The Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTK) is a body aimed at handling the centralised operational coordination of mega-ship calls for the first time – long before a vessel proceeds up the estuary of the river Elbe. It draws on the experience and the structures of the Feeder Logistics Center (FLZ). Press Release Heinrich Goller, Managing Director of FLZ/NTK said: “It’s the job of Nautical Terminal Coordination to pool communication channels and to identify the interdependency of decisions made in mega-ship handling early on and to resolve these issues as far as is possible. In contrast to public port authorities, we already track the ships on their approach routes, for example all the way from Gibraltar and in particular from the previous ports. We are therefore able to spot potential disruptions very early on and to then develop operation-based proposals. We actively coordinate the workflows and develop demand situations from the perspective of the Hamburg terminals, which we reach agreement on with the relevant public port authorities. By acting as the central point of contact, we eliminate bilateral communication for the other parties on the one hand and avoid operational friction on the other.”Peter Zielinski, Managing Director of EUROGATE Container Terminal Hamburg GmbH, said: “It made sense to set up Nautical Terminal Coordination and it was also necessary, irrespective of the impending judgement regarding the dredging of the navigation channel. This is because the number of mega-ship calls has increased significantly in recent years. We are therefore delighted to see the four Hamburg container terminals being joined by Hansaport, the biggest bulk cargo terminal in Hamburg, in Nautical Terminal Coordination. The involvement of other shipping points would also make sense and would be welcomed.”Nautical Terminal Coordination has been working since the start of October on the basis of a two-shift system. According to the port, a third shift is set to be introduced as soon as possible, and preparations are currently under way to increase staff numbers to accommodate this.NTK’s duties for the Hamburg container terminals and Hansaport include cross-terminal coordination of the preliminary planning, approach guidance and departure planning of mega-ships in the Port of Hamburg.NTK will also assume a central and active communication role in relation to the Vessel Traffic Service Centre.
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APTN National NewsA treatment centre in the Mohawk community of Kanesatake just celebrated a big anniversary.For 25 years it’s been helping people kick their chemical habits.And one counselor at the centre is a big part of it’s success.APTN‘s Danielle Rochette has the story
WASHINGTON – American manufacturers grew at a slower pace in October as factories contended with supply disruptions caused by disputes with China, Europe and other trading partners.The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Thursday that its manufacturing index slipped to 57.7 last month — down from 59.8 in September and the lowest since April. It was the second straight monthly drop.Still, anything above 50 signals growth, and manufacturers are enjoying a 26-month winning streak.New orders, production, export orders and hiring grew more slowly. Thirteen of 18 manufacturing industries reported growth last month, led by textile mills and makers of electrical equipment.American industry is generally healthy, but respondents to the ISM survey suggested that trade disputes are taking a toll. The United States has imposed taxes on imported steel and aluminum and on about $250 billion in Chinese products, drawing retaliation from U.S. trading partners.Several companies complained that the tariffs are driving up costs and limiting supplies. Respondents also cited labour shortages and the strains that high demand is putting on their supply chains.Timothy Fiore, chair of ISM’s manufacturing survey committee, said that “57.7 is not a bad number. But it’s not where we had been. We have been bouncing around the top. This may be the first indicator of a softening that may continue.”Manufacturers are also coping with weakening global economic growth and a strengthening dollar, which makes American products costlier in foreign markets.“Between disruptions caused to the supply chain by tariffs and a strengthening dollar, the factory sector may cool off going forward after an extraordinary run in 2017 and 2018,” Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, wrote in a research note. “Nevertheless, even with a weaker-than-expected result in October, for now, the pace of growth for manufacturing remains robust.”The economic backdrop for manufacturers remains healthy. Consumer spending on long-lasting manufactured goods was strong during the spring and summer, rising at an annual pace of 6.9 per cent from July through September and 8.6 per cent from April through June.Factories are on pace to add more than 250,000 jobs this year, which would be biggest jump in manufacturing employment since 1997.
New York officials say their deal to land a new Amazon headquarters is a big win for the city — but the math is a little more complicated than government projections indicate.The state’s predicted 9-to-1 return on investment was based on a widely used economic model that compares the cost of tax incentives with expected gains in tax revenue.Those projections indicate that in exchange for up to $3 billion in tax breaks and grants, Amazon’s new campus in Queens will generate $27 billion in new taxes over a quarter-century.But experts note the analysis doesn’t include added costs of providing public services like schools, police and fire to Amazon workers and their families, giving the public an incomplete picture of the project’s overall costs.Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press
“All these, except the executive, and of that too, only a minority of the privileged, is being rendered redundant. Whilst the executive of the country is on a perpetual drive to further its powers, the other arms which are to serve as the foundations are being – expediently – rendered redundant with the same conviction,” he said. “It is with grave concern, therefore, that we note recent developments regarding alleged interference by the executive on the affairs of the judiciary and the appalling intimidation and smear campaigns carried out by the regime’s propaganda outfits: the state media. We condemn these attempts to cast aspersions on the highest officers of the Sri Lankan judiciary as blatant attempts to irreversibly harm the fragile threads that hold together the once-vibrant democratic tapestry of our country,” Jayasuriya said. The United National Party (UNP) has expressed concerns over the alleged interference by the executive on the affairs of the judiciary.UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya, in a statement, said that the onslaught on the country’s democratic establishments and rule of law institutions by the incumbent regime, warrants attention and unreserved condemnation by all those who aspire to higher democratic standards. He noted that the executive, legislature and judiciary are the cornerstones of a vibrant democracy, underscored by an active civil society, a free media and an informed and astute citizenry.
During a 40-minute meeting with Hans Haekkerup, the head of the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK), President Bush was briefed on preparations for elections and plans for self-governing institutions to be established after the elections. According to UNMIK, President Bush was eager to know Mr. Haekkerup’s ideas on when the international community would be able to reduce its presence in Kosovo.Mr. Haekkerup underscored that a strong police and judiciary were essential to building democracy and self-government in Kosovo and that by the year 2002 the Kosovo Police Service would number 6,000. He noted, however, that ultimately a police force should total 8,000 to 10,000 – a goal which would require outside support.Inquiring about efforts by UNMIK and KFOR, the international force in Kosovo, to contain extremism and prevent the export of violence into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, President Bush urged UNMIK to do its utmost to deter and detain extremists. He also expressed interest in UNMIK’s efforts to combat organized crime.Mr. Haekkerup expressed his gratitude for the presence and activities of US troops in Kosovo, and said UNMIK was doing its part to restrain suspected extremists in the region. He added that UNMIK, KFOR and the Kosovo Police Service were working hard to prevent cross-border movement of extremists.President Bush assured UNMIK and KFOR officials that the US troops had entered Kosovo together and would leave Kosovo together with other NATO forces based there.
Ohio State junior attack Tre Leclaire (44) passes the ball during their match against Rutgers at Ohio Stadium on Mar. 31. Ohio State lost 6-14. Credit: Willow Mollenkopf | For The LanternNo. 1 Penn State’s offense was too much for No. 9 Ohio State to handle, with the Buckeyes losing their second straight game with a 13-8 defeat to the Nittany Lions, leaving Ohio State without a win in Big Ten play so far.On a wet and slippery Sunday night in State College, Penn State’s offensive efficiency and star players proved to be the key difference. Penn State junior attacker Mac O’Keefe scored three goals, while redshirt junior Grant Ament added two goals and six assists in front of the home crowd.The Buckeyes (7-2, 0-2 Big Ten) were not able to capitalize on the shots they saw, scoring on eight of 37 shots and picking 16 ground balls to Penn State’s eight. However, Penn State made the most of its opportunities, making 13-of-26 shots and saving 14 shots to Ohio State’s seven.Penn State (9-1, 2-0 Big Ten) scored within the first four minutes of the first quarter with a goal from sophomore midfielder Brian Townsend and added to another goal before Ohio State tied it with two straight goals from junior attacker and leading scorer Tre LeClaire. Both teams would score back-to-back goals to keep the game tied at the end of the first. LeClaire finished the game with four of Ohio State’s eight total goals on 10 shots, five of which were on goal. The second quarter started strong for the Nittany Lions, with Penn State’s two prolific stars making the difference. O’Keefe scored two straight goals to stay as the second to top scorer in the country and Ament was the player on both assists, adding to his already nation-leading assist total. The Buckeyes would add a goal, but Penn State would get two more, one of which came from O’Keefe for the hat trick.Ohio State made a strong run to get back into the game, scoring three goals in the third quarter — including LeClaire’s third of the day — but Penn State had an answer for the Buckeyes every time they made a run, answering with three goals in the quarter.The final quarter about Penn State ending the Buckeyes hopes, scoring two straight before LeClaire found the net again, but it wasn’t as enough as Penn State scored again to end the game with the five-goal victory.Ohio State moves on to face Johns Hopkins at noon Sunday.
Normet and Oulu University have signed a partnership agreement to develop their co-operation. The two parties will initiate development, research and training co-operation to strengthen the development and testing conditions of vehicle technology.The ongoing transition in vehicle technology sets new challenges to players in the sector with the tightening of environmental legislation and changing needs of end customers. “At the same time, our personnel’s expertise is subject to new demands that we can answer with this partnership agreement signed with Oulu University of Applied Sciences,” states Heikki Ojala, Normet’s Vice President, Global R&D.“Normet is one of the northern Finland’s driving companies whose success radiates to a wide range of companies in supply chains throughout northern Finland. The success of these driving companies is important to safeguard employment and prosperity throughout our region. The Oulu University of Applied Sciences is responsible for the education of automobile and vehicle technology in half of the territory of Finland. The signed agreement is an important step towards closer cooperation between the parties, says Jukka Säkkinen, Director, Education, R&D and Innovation, Oulu University of Applied Sciences.
As a PC gamer, Steam is a service I keep an eye on due to the big discounts it applies to games during key holidays, or just as a midweek deal. But as of today, the discounts get a lot more regular allowing us to add many more games to our libraries for just a few dollars each.Valve has decided that from now on it will start offering a Daily Deal through Steam. That means every day you can expect to be offered a new game with a substantial discount applied. The first Daily Deal is a good example of this. Codemasters’ Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising has had its $19.99 price point dropped 75% to just $5 for the next 25 hours.While the prospect of deals like this every day is sure to bring a smile to many a PC gamer’s face, I also fear my game spending may rise because of this. A $5 game every day means some huge savings, but do that several times a month and the cost soon adds up.One thing I hope doesn’t happen is Valve starts using the Daily Deals to push discounts on pre-orders. I think we all prefer seeing titles that are a few months old being offered at hard-to-resist prices. The rate at which games come out its easy to miss a few, and seeing them come up for next to no money is really appreciated.If you want to know what the Daily Deal is every day it will be posted on the Steam homepage each morning. However, it may be easier just to follow the service on Twitter or Facebook and have the news piped to you every day.via Steam
A cold snap that swept across the country Wednesday exposed delays in organizing adequate shelter for migrants sleeping rough in Athens and other Greek cities, with the capital’s central Victoria Square among the most congested.The City of Athens had warned the government from Tuesday that the situation in Victoria “is becoming bad and may soon be out of control,” while demanding measures to “house and care for these people, while also seeing to the safety and quality of life of residents.”In Victoria Square, dozens of refugees and migrants, including young children and elderly men and women, lay on the ground and on benches huddled in blankets and sleeping bags on Wednesday, as setting up tents has been forbidden in public spaces to prevent the appearance of makeshift camps.Responding to mounting pressure to deal with the problem of migrants sleeping rough in the capital as thousands more arrive every day by ferry boat in a bid to ease the burden on the islands, the Ministry of Migration Policy on Wednesday announced a series of measures. It said it has commissioned city buses to transport people from Victoria Square to migrant reception facilities at Elaionas and Elliniko, adding that if these facilities reach capacity, a community center in the area of Kolonos will be made available to temporarily house 150-200 people, though municipal authorities said that the space cannot take more than 80.The ministry also said that it has 200 vouchers for hotel accommodation, thanks to the support of the Caritas humanitarian group and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.Meanwhile, 3,100 more refugees and migrants disembarked at the port of Piraeus Wednesday morning from the islands, where the cold weather has also been taking a toll. On the island of Lesvos, a 6-month-old baby died at the local hospital after developing respiratory problems while staying with his family in the Kara Tepe camp. According to reports, the Syrian family had spent over a day outdoors after sailing from Turkey as they waited to be registered. A coroner is expected to determine the cause of death.Lesvos has borne the brunt of an influx of refugees and migrants that has seen more than 800,000 people arriving in Greece from neighboring Turkey this year.[Source: Kathimerini] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Manchester United praised the recent performance of Matteo Darmian after the Italian played out of position during their FA Cup win at the weekend.Darmian, was deployed in the central defence during United’s 2-0 win against Reading on Saturday and he received accolades from club fans and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.“He [Darmian] is the biggest plus today,” Solskjaer told MUTV after the game.“Matteo looked like he had played there before for a long time. As an Italian, he’s very cultural and very calm on the ball.“He was one of the few that at times tried to settle us down and pass the ball. I don’t think he put a foot wrong.”The 29-year-old had been heavily linked with a return to Serie A but never criticised the Red Devils publicly for his lack of game time.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I can play there. Of course I play at right-back and left-back, for me it doesn’t matter,” he added.“I try to do my best every time and I try to help the team to reach the victory. Sometimes I’ve played in a back three so it’s not a problem for me.“Of course I’m more of a defender than an attacking player, but I have to help the team.”The best way to start the new year at Old Trafford!! 💪 #nextround #MUFC @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/XaomQdvxhc— Matteo Darmian (@DarmianOfficial) January 5, 2019
Fred James EnghAccused of leading multistate crime ring A Vancouver man accused of organizing a multistate crime ring faces additional charges after he allegedly passed a jail note to his niece and offered to lie on her behalf in court, according to prosecutors.Fred J. Engh, 30, of Vancouver appeared Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of two counts of tampering with a witness and felony harassment.His niece, Arielle Engh, 19, of Vancouver was sentenced April 17 to 60 days in jail for driving Fred Engh to the U.S. border with Mexico in July when he allegedly fled from authorities. He was apprehended in early November and is in the Clark County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.On the day Arielle Engh pleaded guilty and was sentenced, Fred Engh allegedly tried to pass her a note through at least two jail inmates who acted as intermediaries. Arielle Engh also was a jail inmate at the time.A custody officer saw a female inmate receive the note, according to a court affidavit.“Look, I may not be able to send another note before trial, and I have to make a plan,” Fred Engh wrote, according to the affidavit. “Wear a rubber band/hair tie on your left wrist if we met in Sacramento and you gave me a ride. Left equals we got lost together. Wear it on the right if we were never together. Touch your lips if you want me to stay quiet, plead (the) Fifth (Amendment).”
AFP File PhotoThe battle for a major rebel-controlled port in Yemen has left more than 100 soldiers and insurgents dead in less than a week, medics and military sources said Saturday.Yemeni forces are fighting to close in on the Red Sea port of Hodeida, the main conduit for humanitarian supplies into a country where 22 million people are in dire need of food aid.Medics in the southern Aden governorate, where the Yemeni government is based, said they had received the bodies of 52 people, including 20 soldiers, between Friday and Saturday, bringing the toll to at least 110 killed in clashes since Wednesday.The remainder appeared to be rebels, the medics said.Speaking on condition of anonymity, a source in the pro-government military coalition said on Saturday the Huthi rebels had ambushed a military convoy in the coastal district of al-Durayhmi in Hodeida governorate.Loyalist fighters, backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, last week announced they had launched an operation to enter Hodeida city and seize the rebel-held port.Hodeida lies 230 kilometres from the capital Sanaa, which the Iran-backed Huthis seized in 2014, prompting a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen the following year.The campaign, which continues to this day, aims to restore power to the internationally recognised government of exiled president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.The Saudi-led coalition accuses the rebels of using Hodeida as a launchpad for attacks on shipping in the Red Sea and for smuggling in rockets.The insurgents have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia.Nearly 10,000 people have been killed since the coalition launched its military campaign in Yemen in March 2015.More than 2,200 others have died from cholera and millions are on the verge of famine in what the United Nations says is the world’s gravest humanitarian crisis.The UN warned last week that any operation aimed at seizing Hodeida would disrupt the entry of aid shipments to Yemen, 70 per cent of which flow through the rebel-held port.