Michael Wilder had nine kills and Sam Morehouse had 27 assists as Wilson defeated Esperanza 26-24, 25-18 in pool play action at the Best of the West Tournament in San Diego. The Aztecs entered the game ranked third in Division I and earlier in the day, the Bruins (3-1) also beat Torrey Pines 25-18, 25-20 and Valencia 25-23, 21-25, 15-13. Kevin Tren and Abraham Sandoval each went 3-0 in singles to lead the Vikings (5-2) to a nonleague victory. Downey opens San Gabriel Valley League play at home against Warren on Wednesday. Montclair Prep 10, Valley Christian 8Junior Jim Homet won two singles sets but it wasn’t enough as the Crusaders (0-2, 0-1) lost to the visiting Mounties in an Alpha League match. The doubles team of Evan Griffiths and Zackary Hartley also won two sets for Valley Christian. Poly 11, Chadwick 7 Freshman Kyle Kinney and senior Nathan Bowers each won two singles sets to help the Jackrabbits (1-4) beat the host Dolphins in a nonleague match. Girls swimmingPoly 129, Bolsa Grande 24 Elisabeth Sanger and Adele Young each won twice for the Jackrabbits (3-0) in new events. Sanger won the 200 IM (2:34.27) and the 100 breaststroke (1:27.26) and swam on two winning relays. Young won the 200 freestyle (2:11.25) and the 500 free (6:00.89). Boys swimmingPoly 133, Bolsa Grande 31 Seniors Julian Callanta, Junewon Lee and junior Brian Johnston each won two events to help the Jackrabbits (2-1) beat the visiting Matadors in a nonleague meet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even though the Wilson High boys volleyball team has started this season strong, it still hasn’t cracked the CIF rankings. However, after Friday’s performance, Bruins coach Susan Pescar feels they just might. BaseballGlenn 6, Bell Gardens 2 David Neff and Enrique Medina each hit solo home runs in a four-run seventh inning to lead the Eagles (2-2) at the Montebello Tournament. Jordan 7, Hawthorne 2 Sophomore right-hander Marcos Lara pitched a complete game, striking out a career-high eight batters and senior third baseman Jesse Quintero had a bases loaded double in the sixth inning to drive in two as the Panthers (3-1) defeated the Cougars at the El Segundo Tournament. Boys tennisDowney 13, El Rancho 5
Chakraborty is now the divestment department secretary and was overseeing a series of privatisation efforts of the government. TwitterIn a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Modi-led BJP government has shifted the current Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg to the Power Ministry. Atanu Chakraborty, who is the current Secretary for Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) will be the next Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, a coveted position in the finance ministry.Chakraborty will replace Subhash Chandra Garg. The changes would come into effect immediately.Garg will replace Ajay Kumar Bhalla as the Power Secretary. Bhalla has been appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Home Affairs.The secretaries are the top bureaucrats and are placed next to ministers in the hierarchy.Chakraborty is now the divestment department secretary and was overseeing a series of privatisation efforts of the government, including the sale of Air India.One of Chakraborty’s biggest challenges in his new post will be to launch India’s first sovereign overseas bond this year, expected to worth about $10 billion. The move has been criticised by some prominent economists.Garg was on the six-member panel deciding on the transfer of “excess reserves” from the Reserve Bank of India, or central bank. Sources said Garg had opposed the panel’s move to transfer a smaller amount to the central government.However, this is not the first time the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has made such major changes. Back in 2014, after the Modi-led government took charge for the first time, the government transferred the then Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram to the tourism department.(Inputs from agencies)
Road Accident logoA human hauler driver was killed after a truck hit it on Magura-Jhenaidah road in Kachabazar in Magura sadar upazila on Friday.The deceased is Joynal Hossain, 30, son of a certain Motaleb Hossain of Satgacchia village in Jhenaidah district, reports UNB.Magura sadar police station officer-in-charge Elias Hossain said the accident took place around 8:00am.A case was filed in this connection, he added.
South Korea Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun (L) greets North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon ® before their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on Tuesday. Photo: AFPNorth and South Korea began their first official talks in more than two years on Tuesday, focussing on the forthcoming Winter Olympics after months of tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.The talks in Panmunjom, the truce village in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, came after the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Year’s speech that he could send a delegation to next month’s Games in Pyeongchang in the South.Seoul responded with an offer of a high-level dialogue, and last week the hotline between the neighbours was restored after being suspended for almost two years.Seoul’s five-member delegation, led by unification minister Cho Myoung-Gyon, travelled to Panmunjom in a convoy of vehicles, passing a group of well-wishers holding a banner at a checkpoint leading towards the DMZ.The North’s group, of similar size and led by senior official Ri Son-Gwon, walked over the Military Demarcation Line at Panmunjom for the talks, pictures showed-just yards from where a defector ran across in a hail of bullets two months ago.Looking businesslike, Cho and Ri shook hands at the entrance to the Peace House, the building on the southern side where the discussions were being held, and again across the table.In accordance with standard practice in the North, Ri wore a badge on his left lapel bearing an image of the country’s founding father Kim Il-Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong-Il. Cho also wore a lapel badge, depicting the South Korean flag.“Let’s present the people with a precious new year’s gift,” said the North’s Ri. “There is a saying that a journey taken by two lasts longer than the one travelled alone.”Cho told him that Seoul believed the Pyeongchang Games “will become a peace Olympics as most valuable guests from the North are going to join many others from all around the world”.“The people have a strong desire to see the North and South move toward peace and reconciliation,” he added.‘Peace Olympics’It was a radically different tone from the rhetoric of recent months, which have seen Kim and US President Donald Trump trade personal insults and bellicose threats of war, while Pyongyang has launched missiles capable of reaching the US mainland and carried out its sixth and most powerful nuclear test to date.Seoul has been keen to proclaim the Games in Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the DMZ, as a “peace Olympics” in the wake of missile and nuclear tests by the North-but it needs Pyongyang to attend to make the description meaningful.If the North agrees, one of the top agenda items will be whether the two Koreas’ sportspeople make joint entrances to the opening and closing ceremonies, as they did for Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and the 2006 Winter Games in Turin.The size and membership of the North Korean delegation and their accommodation-widely expected to be paid for by Seoul-will also be discussed.The group may stay on a cruise ship in Sokcho, about an hour’s drive from the Olympic venue, which would enable their movements to be closely monitored and controlled.With only two winter sports athletes qualified, North Korea is likely to bolster its presence by sending significant numbers of cheerleaders to the Pyeongchang Games, which run from February 9 to 25, analysts say.Hundreds of young, female North Korean cheerleaders have created a buzz at three previous international sporting events in the South.“For North Korea to achieve its desired effects and to attract attention, it will have to dispatch its beauty cheering squad,” said An Chan-Il, a defector-turned-researcher who heads the World Institute for North Korea Studies.South Korean reports have suggested the North could send a high-level delegation to the Games including Kim’s younger sister Yo-Jong, who is a senior member of the ruling Workers’ Party.‘Beyond the Olympics’As well as the Olympics, the two sides could bring up their own priority issues, which analysts say will be much more challenging.South Korea wants to discuss the resumption of family reunions but Pyongyang snubbed previous offers, saying it will not consider further reunions unless several of its citizens are returned by the South.The North will probably want to discuss a permanent end to large-scale annual military drills between Seoul and Washington.The United States and South Korea agreed last week to delay the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve exercises until after the Games, apparently to help ease nerves.Trump said at the weekend he hoped the rare talks between the two Koreas would go “beyond the Olympics” and that Washington could join the process at a later stage.But US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that there was “no turnaround” in the US stance, reiterating that the North must stop nuclear tests for talks with Washington.