Council Increases Contract Amount For Education Campaign Aimed at Ending Homeless Stereotypes; Approves Raises for Some Management Employees

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribecenter_img The City Council voted Monday to increase the amount of money being paid to Perceptiv Inc. for homelessness public education and engagement consulting services.The action taken by the council on its weekly consent calendar, which allows several items to be voted on at once on a sweep motion for approval, also provided a 1% increase to a 15-month extension of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city of Pasadena and the Pasadena Management Association (PMA) for the term of July 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021.The PMA represents 449 budgeted positions. The existing MOU between the city and the PMA expired on June 30.Negotiations with the PMA began in February 2020, but by May 14, due to the immediate and significant impact the COVID-19 pandemic was projected to have on the city’s budget, city management officials met with PMA representatives to postpone economic discussions as it was not able to offer future financial enhancements. The parties continued to have ongoing communications and meetings to discuss financial updates.On March 9, the parties reached a tentative agreement on an extended contract and compensation.The city and the PMA agreed to extend the term and provisions of the current PMA MOU by 15 months, from July 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.The MOU calls for a 1% salary increase for all PMA members and concurrently increases salary control rates for unit classifications by 1% effective the first full pay period following City Council adoption,Also effective the first full pay period following City Council adoption would be a one-time, lump-sum payment equal to the value of 1% of base pay for each member of the PMA employed by the city on the day of City Council for the period of July 6, 2020, to March 28.The City Manager will also increase the amount paid for a contract to fund a campaign aimed at combating homelessness.Perceptiv, Inc. has been working with the city Department of Housing for over a year in developing an educational campaign on homelessness tailored to Pasadena’s unique needs. The campaign focuses on reframing the narrative around homelessness, dismantling the stereotypes surrounding people who experience homelessness, and raising awareness of solutions to combat homelessness among the public.The contract will be increased from $76,250 to $85,250.The council also approved:• A contract not-to-exceed $422,000 for 60 months with Canon Solutions America, Inc., for the lease, hardware/software and maintenance support of three digital printing systems.• A contract with Crosstown Electrical and Data, Inc. not-to-exceed $460,000 which includes the base contract amount of $399,300 and a contingency of $60,700 to provide for any necessary change orders for intelligent transportation system phase 1 – traffic management center, federal aid project.• An agreement with Powerflex Systems LLC in an amount not-to-exceed $178,832 for the installation and provision of support services for electric vehicle supply equipment for the Del Mar Garage.• A purchase order with Tricade Technology Solutions, LLC, to furnish server hardware expansion and extend manufacturer support of existing hardware.• Contracts in an amount not to exceed $514,232 with approval for two optional, one-year extensions for an amount not-to-exceed $171,410 each, for a total contract amount not-to-exceed $857,052 for professional or unique services with GPS Insight, LLC, for global positioning satellite devices and monitoring services for vehicles owned by the city. Government Council Increases Contract Amount For Education Campaign Aimed at Ending Homeless Stereotypes; Approves Raises for Some Management Employees STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, March 22, 2021 | 5:55 pm Make a comment Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Dear Evan Hansen’s Rachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson on Motherhood On Stage and Off

first_imgRachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson photographed at Night Times Square (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Shows from $89.00 Dear Evan Hansen Family life is messy in the new hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, and that’s exactly the way Rachel Bay Jones and Jennifer Laura Thompson like it. After years of solid work in Broadway musicals, Jones (Hair, Pippin) and Thompson (Urinetown, Wicked) portray mothers on opposite sides of a tragedy compounded by a lie. After kicking off Evan Hansen with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s witty ode to parenthood, “Anybody Have a Map?” their characters embark on an emotional journey that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful. The warm personal bond Jones and Thompson have developed over the course of the show’s three-year road to Broadway is obvious as they chat about motherhood—real and fictional.Q: Are you getting a lot of hugs at the stage door? After what your characters go through in this musical, you deserve them.JENNIFER: We do get a lot of hugs.RACHEL: And the audience needs a hug. Everybody wants a hug, especially after our show.Q: Given how emotional Dear Evan Hansen is, have the two of you formed a special bond? RACHEL: We’re soul mates.JENNIFER: We’re sisters who found each other later in life. Through all the changes in the show and the growth, we’ve been there to lift each other up through our losses and frustrations and glorious triumphs. It’s been a really, really great gift.RACHEL: And she makes me laugh so hard!Q: Are you surprised that this show was written by three guys under the age of 35?RACHEL: I never stop talking about this! And directed by a dude [Michael Greif]. And here we are with this beautiful feminist exploration of motherhood.JENNIFER: I remember the day you sang your beautiful song for the first time, “So Big/So Small,” and all of us were in awe of the depth and the beauty and the reality. I said, “Benj and Justin, how could you do this?” And you said, “How do you know how to reach into the soul of a middle-aged mother and just put it out there?”Q: What touches you most about these two moms?RACHEL: I think Heidi is so perfectly flawed. We all have these deep flaws that we’re ashamed of, that we don’t want to show the world, and it’s been an incredible gift to exploit these things that are shared by so many mothers, things we tend to hide from in ourselves. To be able to be forgiven of these flaws is a healing process for me every night.JENNIFER: What I love about Cynthia is her drive, her relentless want to save her son and keep her family together. She never, ever gave up, and I think that her propensity to go a step further than anyone is [true] of every mother. That’s what we do. I’m a mom. My kid is my everything.RACHEL: She is that kind of mom.JENNIFER: Parenting is so difficult. From the moment you become pregnant, the worry never stops. I’m not saying it’s not rewarding because absolutely it has to be; otherwise, none of us would be here. But it’s a burden and a great gift to be a mom.RACHEL: I’m a mom as well, and from the moment they’re born, it’s this constant process of them moving away from you, this achingly beautiful process of letting them go. And this [theme] exists inside of this story in different ways for these two mothers. Q: Have your kids seen the show? [Jennifer has a 13-year-old son, Tommy; Rachel has a 13-year-old daughter, Miranda.]JENNIFER: Mine has not.RACHEL: My daughter has seen it many times.JENNIFER: I don’t think I want him to watch me grieve the way I have to in this show. I don’t think it would have a positive impact on him, so I’m going to wait until someone else is doing it and I can bring him back and say, “That’s what I did.”RACHEL: Cynthia is more of a tragic character in my mind; it’s a deeper kind of loss. There’s a lot of redemption for Heidi, a lifting out of that place that doesn’t get to happen as much for Cynthia. It’s a big deal for them to see what we have to go through on stage, and I can see why you wouldn’t want Tommy to come.Q: Are either of your kids interested in acting?JENNIFER: My son shows absolutely no interest. He’s coding computers. He’s going to be a Nobel Prize winner.RACHEL: He’s too smart to be an actor! She is interested in a lot of different things, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will take her somewhere else. I dropped out of high school to become an actor. I moved to New York. I was not wise about my decisions. My hope for her is that she’ll be a little more thoughtful.Q: The Evan Hansen cast seems like such a close ensemble, beginning with Rachel’s bond with Ben Platt as Evan. RACHEL: He is a beautiful, beautiful man. Everything that’s inside of him is completely accessible. And the experience that we have together on stage—there’s an open flow of communication that doesn’t have any walls. There’s a deep connection with all of us, and a support system because this material is difficult and challenging. We all make each other laugh constantly.JENNIFER: I was getting my makeup done for a shoot, and Laura Dreyfuss casually walked by and said, “It takes a village.” That’s my [stage] daughter!Q: You two obviously appreciate how special this experience is. JENNIFER: I feel so lucky to be here because I have all the wisdom and experience in my life to draw from to portray Cynthia the way I can now. This story needs to be told because it has a message that is so important to so many generations.RACHEL: I think people are ready to see women of our age portrayed in a way that they can relate to. It’s not just the sidelined mom character who’s perfect, or not relatable at all, seen only through the distorted eyes of an angry teenager. There are so many beautiful shades of gray, so much humanity, in the way that these two women are written. There are endless wells to draw from.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: What drives Chinese growth?

first_imgCredit: Manuel JosephShanghaiThe fifth – and perhaps one of the most significant mega-trends is education. Education has been prized in China since ancient times, but in the past decade the government has been focused on developing skilled human capital on an unprecedented scale.The quality may not always be the highest, but it is improving. Many of the world’s leading technology companies have set up research and development centres in China. As Woetzel and Towson say in their book, everything is in place in terms of graduates, educational and corporate structures, and functioning research processes. The driving economics are powerful, so quality and innovation should come naturally.The final megatrend is the Chinese internet. China has 700m people communicating with each other on the net. WeChat is a combination of Facebook, Whatsapp and a host of other social media apps.China is also becoming a leader in artificial intelligence, much of which is based on internet applications.China’s importance to the global economy is now eclipsing that of the US. Understanding what drives China’s growth is a pre-requisite for any understanding of the global economy today.See the November issue of IPE for an in-depth Special Report on China. Qianhai, the business district of the city of ShenzhenThere has been a deliberate shift in location from the expensive coastal areas towards inland cities such as Chengdu. Chinese manufacturers win by low costs and that is often in high-tech areas.Western companies tend to focus expensive healthcare equipment on the major cities only. Their Chinese competitors will produce simpler machines, aimed at second- and third-tier cities enabling them to build scale while their products get better and better.The third mega-trend is still a work in progress: the rise of the Chinese consumer. Middle-class incomes in Asia will dwarf everything else and will be the biggest economic growth engine in the future.Over the past 30 years, 300m people have joined China’s middle class. While in the past they have focused on value for money, that is changing as consumers look at more emotional needs – with an emphasis on branded goods. Indeed, one Chinese friend of mine tells me his family love coming to London as they can buy designer clothes cheaper than in Shanghai or Shenzhen.The fourth is capital. China has huge amounts of it, with a high rate of savings.This is not to say that capital is always deployed in the best manner. The banking sector is dominated by China’s big four state-owned banks, which function as an arm of the government. That means loans are not always made on the basis of economic criteria.State-owned enterprises are supported by the banking sector, but private smaller companies often find it difficult to access expansion capital, whether in the form of debt or equity. The problems associated with a largely state-driven banking sector have given rise to a large shadow banking system with wealth management products of all types – and not always with enough transparency for savers to appreciate the risks they may be running. The second is Chinese manufacturing scale. Woetzel and Towson emphasise that what differentiates China is not just its history as an outsourced manufacturer for Western companies, but the sheer scale of manufacturing driven by the size of its domestic consumer base.That means it has such large economies of scale that it can outspend its competitors on research, factories, fixed assets, marketing and other fixed costs, which creates a stronger and stronger competitive advantage over time.As the authors point out, China produces 80% of the world’s air conditioners, 90% of personal computers, 75% of solar panels, and 70% of mobile phones.center_img China’s president Xi Jinping gave a three-and-a-half hour opening speech at the start of the Communist party’s 19th Congress last week. The party constitution has been revised to include a reference to “Xi Jinping thought” to rank alongside the thoughts of Deng Xiaoping and Mao Zedong himself.China’s phenomenal growth over the past few decades has not been a function of the policies of any one leader. Deng may have been the instigator of China’s move towards essentially a capitalist economy, but China’s rise to wealth and power has been a function of many significant trends.For those seeking to understand the China phenomenon, a good place to start would be by reading The 1 Hour China Book by Beijing-based academics Jonathan Woetzel and Jeffrey Towson. Their assertion is that six mega-trends are key to the China story. For newcomers to China, it is worth appreciating what these are.The first is urbanisation. China has a population of around 1.4bn. When the Communists took over in 1949, China was predominantly a rural economy. Now, over 56% of the population is urban and that percentage is growing rapidly at an average of 18.5m people every year. It is through urbanisation that China has lifted the mass of its population out of poverty.last_img read more

Palmview’s largest masterplanned community releases land and park ahead of schedule

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Harmony’s pocket park.Once complete, Mr Harper said Harmony would account for more than 4800 homes for about 12,000 of those future residents.“Our new neighbourhood will encourage residents to stay active right on their doorstep with extensive walking and bike trails, a 5ha recreation park and a 1ha local park,” he said.Sunshine Coast local Alyssa Jackson and her partner James Newcombe who recently moved up from Canberra, have just purchased a block of land in Harmony and hope to move into their new home in early 2019. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< Bruce Harper, Cr Tim Dwyer, Laura Scherian, Cameron Holt and Cr Rick Baberowski open Grand Linear Park in Palmview.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoMr Harper said the park was five times the size of other standard parks on the Sunshine Coast.“The Grand Linear Park will serve as a catalyst for wellbeing and connectivity for residents and tourists alike,” he said.The first $3.1 million phase consists of 2ha of community space and features three separate play areas for locals to explore. Once complete,Harmony, is expected to house about 4500 new residents.He said they released the latest neighbourhood Unity, which brought 34 more blocks of land, ranging in size from 250sq m to 505sq m, to meet the demand.“Residential property demand is surging in the region and as prices continue to rise, buyers are increasingly looking for affordable land options in desirable locations,” Mr Harper said.“Over the past year, demand in the region has grown exponentially as more people look to build their own homes in well-known property ‘hot spots’.”Along with the early land release, AVID Property Group opened the community space Grand Linear Park three months ahead of schedule. An artist’s impression of Harmony’s grand linear park.A SUNSHINE COAST developer has fast-tracked the latest land release to meet demand from locals and interstate sea-changers.AVID Property Group general manager Queensland Bruce Harper said their development Harmony was the largest masterplanned community in Palmview, which is about 85km north of Brisbane.center_img Harmony’s new facilities includes a set of six swings, two table tennis tables and a 30.2m multi-play structure with a slide, spider’s web, swinging ropes and stepping stones.A set of six swings, two table tennis tables and a 30.2m multi-play structure with a slide, spider’s web, swinging ropes and stepping stones was available for children of all ages and abilities.According to Queensland Government’s Queensland Regional Profiles — Sunshine Coast Local Government Area, April 2017, Sunshine Coast’s population is projected to grow from about 311,550 to 453,000 by 2036. “It’s pretty competitive to purchase a block of land at Harmony; there were other buyers lining up for almost two hours before the Sales Centre even opened,” Ms Jackson said.“Harmony’s location was what really encouraged us to purchase in the area — the proximity to the highway, University of the Sunshine Coast, hospital and the shops in the Maroochydore CBD make it a very convenient location to live.”Ms Jackson said they wanted to enter the property market as soon as possible and decided to build a brand-new home so they could take advantage of the First Home Owners’ Grant.“We wanted to get into the property market so that we could pay off a mortgage rather than continue to pay money renting,” she said.last_img read more

Bulldogs Win Golf Tri-Meet

first_imgBoys Golf results for Thursday (4-20) played at North Branch Golf Course (Bridge Course) in New Point.Team Scores:  Batesville 184 (winner by 5th score tiebreaker), Hauser 184, North Decatur 195.Match Medalist:  Justin Compton-Hauser (+1) 36.Next Match: at Ripley County Tournament 4/24 at North Branch.Record:  12-14 (3-1 EIAC).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Siefert.last_img

WHS tennis places 4th in Collegiate; WMS tennis, cross country news; sports schedules…

first_imgMEET:Andover Middle School 12.0597th 7th Grade Girls – 1 mileTIMEPlaceMedal Date:9/23/2014 •••••Sports schedule for rest of week: ThursdayWELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL•Cross Country at Winfield 4 p.m.•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.•JV Tennis at Goddard  3 p.m.WELLINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL•Football 7/8 at El Dorado, 5/6:30 p.m.•Volleyball 7/8 at El Dorado- 5 p.m.•Tennis 7/8 match – 9th St. Tennis Courts. 7th Grade Boys – 1 mile 7.5483rd RaeawnaNutt 7.5053rd WELLINGTON MS CROSS COUNTRY results. 9.3426thMedal ChanceHamel QuinnMcCue TannerDillon 8th Grade Boys – 1.5 milescenter_img SaturdayWELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL•Varsity Tennis at Collegiate 9 p.m.•C-Team Volleyball at Clearwater 9 p.m.Follow us on Twitter. Date:  Tuesday, Sept.30thRaces start at 4:00 p.m.. JacobFriesen 10.1549th 7.0914thMedal 9 schools competing by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington tennis team finished fourth in the Wichita Collegiate tournament, the Wellington Middle School battled tough as did the cross country team, and the sports schedule for the rest of the week are featured below …WHS Tennis:Wellington went to Wichita Collegiate and competed in an eight-team tournament.  Overall, Wellington placed fourth in a pretty good field of teams.Top finisher was No. 1 singles Peyton Adams, who finished third overall going 2-1.  “Peyton beat two very steady players – LeFevre from Goddard and Gmeiner from Newton,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head tennis coach.Adams also lost to Hauserman from Salina Central.In No. 1 doubles Ryleigh Buck and Madison Adams finished fourth on the day, but got a little revenge on Sailors/Wong from Newton.“Last week we lost to Newton after we had a tough match against McPherson, but today we played them in the opening match and looked a lot better and won,” Aufdengarten said.Buck/Adams then lost to the 3A state champions from last year Lindwall/Osland 8-3.“This match actually had about five deuce points that we lost,” he said.Wellington then lost to a state qualifier team from last season from Goddard.In No.2 doubles, Cajen Shore and Dietra Sober finished fourth overall going 2-2 on the day.  They beat Newton and Neodesha then dropped matches to Winfield and Collegiate.In No. 2 singles Madi Lewellen lost two close matches to Cole from Goddard 6-8 and in her final match against Gile from Newton in a tiebreak.Wellington plays in the 20 team Tournament of Champions this weekend at Collegiate.•••••WMS tennis: The top six players on the Wellington Middle School Girls Tennis Team participated in the Goddard Invitational yesterday.  The Lady Knights tied for second place overall in the 10-team tourney.Individual places were:No. 1 Singles:  Kylie Aufdengarten – fifthNo. 1 Doubles:  Hattie Staley and Faith Rowley – fourthNo. 2 Singles:  Tori Lewellen – fourthNo. 2 Doubles:  Keylee Bodkins and Grace Rowley – first.••••• TylerBrown 6.3021stMedal McKennaJones NEXT race: Wellington MS InvitationalHargis Creek Watershed FridayWELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL•Football at WHS vs. Clearwater 7 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

2009 Decathlon Contender Is a House without a Home

first_imgAmong the toughest challenges faced by the academic teams participating in the Solar Decathlon is to build a house that not only performs well during the competition but is marketable after the competition. Basically, these teams are research-and-development juggernauts whose products – energy efficient homes of 800 sq. ft. or less that can be dissembled, transported, and reassembled – ideally will attract buyers after they leave the competition site on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.The University of Minnesota’s Solar Decathlon entry – which earned fifth place out of 20 in the 2009 competition, the school’s first Decathlon contest – did almost everything it was intended to do, except find a buyer. Called ICON Solar House, the 550-sq.-ft. structure, with its slightly shifted, gabled roofline, echoes the architectural vocabulary of many homes in Minnesota. Most of the roof is covered with solar panels, and the house features a well-insulated shell, with R-50 exterior walls and an R-70 roof. It is, basically, a very nicely realized prototype that is now sitting across the street from the Bell Museum of Natural History in Minneapolis as part of a museum exhibit called “Sustainable Shelter,” a building technology showcase on display through May 15.Bells, whistles, but a high priceInclusion in the Bell exhibit, the project’s principals and supporters hope, will stimulate buyer interest in the house, which cost $1 million to develop and build. A recent Minnesota Public Radio story on the tribulations of the ICON sales effort notes that, apart from design and development expenses, about $550,000 of materials and labor has gone into the house, which was put up for auction some time ago with a $200,000 minimum bid.Even though a few prospective buyers expressed interest in the house, a few deal killers intervened, the main ones being cost and inconvenience. Even if a bid of, say, $200,000 (i.e., a base price of about $365 per square foot, including a $20,000 moving credit) had been accepted, the buyer would have to pay for a least a portion of ICON’s transport and reassembly, in addition to land costs, site preparation, permits, and other expenses. In the current housing market, it’s a lot of money for a very small albeit high-performing building.ICON project managers, however, say that the home’s inclusion in the “Sustainable Shelter” exhibit could significantly boost its sales prospects. When the house went up for bid, the MPR story points out, ICON’s five principal pieces were still in storage in a university warehouse, leaving prospective bidders to tour the house virtually, via small models and videos. Project manager Ann Johnson told MPR that while the virtual tours may be informative, they are still too abstract for people trying to understand what it’s really like to occupy the building and see how it operates.“People need that physicality,” Johnson said, “to get the whole experience.”last_img read more

Saunders retains title, stays on course to face Golovkin or Alvarez

first_imgLAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin reacts after his fight with Canelo Alvarez was called a draw during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championionship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Billy Joe Saunders remained on course to challenge either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez after Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over American Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday.The 28-year-old Saunders, (25-0, 12 knockouts) was fighting for the first time under new trainer Dominic Ingle. He received scores of 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 from the three ringside judges.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:57UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UP Fighting Maroons02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Saunders had been tipped to face the winner of the Las Vegas fight, but Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters holding their hands aloft in victory. There is already talk of a rematch.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to comeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn London, it was Saunders’ superior sharpness and intent as much as his skills that secured his latest victory. Leading with the jab and also succeeding to Monroe’s body, Saunders began with a typically fast pace and faced little more than jabs in return.In the third round an accurate right uppercut hurt his challenger, and it was only when a cut opened by the bridge of his nose following an accidental clash of heads in the fourth that the American temporarily fought with greater belief. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Monroe’s record fell to 21-3, with six knockouts.Promising heavyweight Daniel Dubois had earlier earned his fifth victory from five when stopping A.J. Carter in only 48 seconds. Carter required oxygen and was immediately sent to hospital, having been knocked down three times. Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championshiplast_img read more

China on high alert after Philippines to acquire patrol planes

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Mar 10 (PTI) China today said it will go on “high alert” after the Philippines announced plans to acquire five Japanese planes to patrol the disputed South China Sea with Beijing warning Manila not to challenge its sovereignty over the waterway.The Philippines will lease five aircraft from Japan to help patrol the South China Sea (SCS), President Benigno Aquino said yesterday.”We have noticed relevant media reports. China resolutely opposes the Philippines move if it aims to challenge Chinas sovereignty and security interests,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said at a regular news briefing.”Meanwhile, China will be on high alert for Japans actions,” Hong said asking Japan not to meddle in the South China Sea.”I want to reiterate that Japan is not a party directly concerned with SCS dispute. We will remain on high alert on its actions and urge Japanese side to mind its words and actions and refrain from undermining peace and stability of the region”, he said.”As Japan is a non-claimant country in the SCS, China demands Japan be prudent in words and deeds and refrain from actions that jeopardise regional peace and stability,” he said.ThePhilippines along with Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan contest Chinas claims of sovereignty over almost all of the resource-rich South China Sea.Chinese official media said Chinaand the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed on a dual-track approach to resolve theSouth China Sea disputes.The directly concerned states, namely China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Malaysia, will peacefully negotiate while China and ASEAN countries work together to maintain peace and stability in the region, state-run Xinhua news agency said. PTI KJV KUNadvertisementlast_img read more

Montego Bay Transport Centre to Be Renovated

first_img The renovation and rehabilitation works will include the repair of the centre’s perimeter fence and surface outlay; the establishment of user-friendly commercial structures, and shelters for commuters; improvements in the bathroom facilities and security posts; and the implementation of adequate lighting. Commuters, owners and operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) in Montego Bay will begin to see improvements in the transportation centre, at the start of the new fiscal year.The complex is to be renovated as part of a joint stakeholder effort to bring the facility back to an acceptable condition in keeping with its critical role in the development of the city of Montego Bay.The first phase of the renovation is projected to commence in the next 60 days and is expected to cost an estimated $40 million, which will be funded from the budget of the Transport Authority.The renovation and rehabilitation works will include the repair of the centre’s perimeter fence and surface outlay; the establishment of user-friendly commercial structures, and shelters for commuters; improvements in the bathroom facilities and security posts; and the implementation of adequate lighting.The announcement was made by the Minister of Transport and Mining, the Hon. Lester ‘Mike’ Henry on Friday, (February 23) at a media briefing held at the transport centre on Barnett Street, St. James.He said the work forms part of the Ministry’s thrust to addressing the social decay which has led to the breakdown of the transportation system over the years.“Considering the physical decay of the transport centre over many years, the consequent exposure of its users to the elements and other challenges like security compromises, and the resultant widespread and disregard from PPV operators of the requirement to operate from the centre, as their licence dictates, it is good for me to be able to bring about a collective solution to the problems, working with the people on the ground,” he said.The Minister also stressed that a coordinated approach will have to be taken to ensure that those who have not been utilizing the park will be attracted to use the facilities. Story Highlights Commuters, owners and operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) in Montego Bay will begin to see improvements in the transportation centre, at the start of the new fiscal year.center_img Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Mr. Homer Davis has committed to partnering with the Ministry to improve the bus park, which he says has outgrown itself over the years and has led to a number of challenges, such as illegal parking and indiscipline behaviour among taxi operators. This he says will be achieved through the improvements being made to the park, along with widespread public education.He also said that the new Road Traffic Bill will create opportunities for the improvement of social standards.“We recognize that only 25 percent of the population own cars; therefore 75 percent of the people have to rely on public transport to get them in a connected element, to get them to a point in time for work and if we don’t deliver them in time for work, where they have travelled in some comfort and safety, then they can’t be productive,” Mr Henry stated.For his part, Joseph Shoucair, Chairman of the Transport Authority called on the private sector to invest in the development of transport centres in major urban areas in the country.“It is not a secret that the government of Jamaica has lacked the resources over the years to build out parks as required and to the standard required, but we have decided that the time has come for us to address the problem,” he stated“We will in due course engage the private sector and try to encourage them to build, own and operate bus parks. With our start in Montego Bay, we intend to set the standard that we expect to be followed throughout the island,” he added.Meanwhile, Mayor of Montego Bay, Mr. Homer Davis has committed to partnering with the Ministry to improve the bus park, which he says has outgrown itself over the years and has led to a number of challenges, such as illegal parking and indiscipline behaviour among taxi operators.last_img read more