Ocean City Housing Authority Getting Two New Board Members

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first_imgOcean City Housing Authority headquarters at 204 Fourth Street. By Donald WittkowskiA prominent local builder and a former top government official have been appointed to the board of the Ocean City Housing Authority in the latest move to restructure the agency following an embezzlement scandal involving its former chief executive.M. Sean Scarborough, a principal in the development company Scarborough Properties, and Mike Dattilo, who served as Ocean City’s business administrator before retiring in 2015, are expected to join the board in November.Scarborough’s appointment was approved by City Council on Tuesday. Dattilo’s appointment, also announced Tuesday, was made by Mayor Jay Gillian.Scarborough and Dattilo are filling two vacancies that had been making it difficult for the housing authority to hold its monthly board meetings.The board lacked a quorum for its September and October meetings, so both were canceled. The board, which should have seven members, had two vacancies caused by the death of Ed Speitel and resignation of Portia Thompson in September.A third vacancy exists because Gov. Chris Christie has not yet appointed his representative to the authority. The governor’s seat has been open for more than a year, and it is not yet clear when Christie intends to fill it.The appointment of Scarborough and Dattilo comes at a critical time. The authority is in the midst of reforming its management and finances following the firing in May of former Executive Director Alesia Watson, who pleaded guilty to embezzling federal housing funds from the agency. Watson was sentenced to three years of probation in September.During an interview Wednesday, Scarborough said the embezzlement scandal created a “very turbulent” situation at the authority.“That’s certainly not an Ocean City style of running things,” he said.Scarborough noted that he must first get the “lay of the land” at the authority before he might propose any changes to continue reforming the agency.The housing authority uses federal funds to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at its Pecks Beach Village and Bay View Manor facilities in Ocean City.After Watson was removed, Jacqueline Jones, the executive director of the Vineland Housing Authority, took on the same role at the Ocean City Housing Authority under a shared-services agreement between both towns.In another crucial part of its operations, the authority is making plans to build a new $4.2 million affordable-housing complex that will replace its Pecks Beach Village site. The project is expected to be ready by the end of 2019.Architectural renderings for the new project are expected to be presented to the board in November, the first meeting for Scarborough and Dattilo.Dattilo brings more than 30 years of local government service to the housing authority. During his municipal career with Ocean City, he held a series of high-level positions. Most notably, he was appointed as the city’s business administrator when Jay Gillian became mayor in 2010. Dattilo retired five years later.Scarborough, meanwhile, said he wants to use his experience in the construction industry to help the authority with the planning and development of its housing projects.“We do have a lot of background in construction and permitting,” Scarborough said, referring to his company. “I would hope that some of that experience would be useful in doing a small part in guiding the authority’s actions.”Scarborough’s Somers Point-based company has had a hand in building an array of major housing and commercial projects at the Jersey Shore. Its portfolio includes a ShopRite-anchored shopping center in Marmora and the Harbour Cove Marina in Somers Point. The company also oversaw a $125 million expansion of Shore Medical Center and construction of the Somers Point hospital’s cancer center.Scarborough, 52, an Ocean City resident since the 1990s, is filling the vacancy created by Speitel’s death. Speitel was a pivotal member of the housing authority, serving as chairman of its finance and redevelopment committees.Scarborough said he considers it an honor to take Speitel’s place on the board. The two men were close friends.“He was an incredible human being. There’s no way I could fill his shoes,” Scarborough said.Speitel, who owned an engineering company, collaborated with Scarborough Properties on its development projects for decades.“Ed Speitel did every one of our engineering drawings for 30 years and worked in our office for 25 years,” Scarborough said.last_img read more


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first_imgThe 59-year-old resident Jessie Decimino was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 5 a.m. on June 2, a police report showed.Decimino was listed as the No.10 most wanted person in Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the E.B. Magalona municipal police station. BACOLOD City – The court recommended no bail bond for the temporary liberty of a rape suspect arrested in Barangay Canlusong, E.B. Magalona, Negros Occidental. The court recommended no bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Dyna Doll Chiongson-Trocio of the Regional Trial Court Branch 40 in Silay City dated Jan. 23, 2020.last_img


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first_img– Stubborn Valencia –Yet, Valencia showed they are made of sterner stuff this season in their reaction to going behind as a fine team move cut open the Madrid defence down Valencia’s left and Toni Lato’s cross was turned in by Soler.Isco and Karim Benzema twice then passed up huge chances with just Neto to beat as Real ended the half firmly on top.Madrid’s pressure continued after the break as Casemiro and Luka Modric saw long-range efforts tipped wide by the impressive Neto.However, Valencia were also posing a threat on the counter-attack as Simone Zaza headed over a golden chance when unmarked 10 yards out before Keylor Navas produced a stunning save from Dani Parejo’s free-kick.Valencia thought they had secured their first win at the Bernabeu since 2008 when Kondogbia swept home Rodrigo’s cross from the edge of the area 13 minutes from time.But Asensio rescued Madrid when his free-kick wrong-footed Neto.And they should have snatched all three points when Benzema fired wide from point-blank range before being denied by Neto once more in stoppage time.Elsewhere on Sunday, there was a trio of 1-0 away wins for Sevilla, Leganes and Athletic Bilbao.Sevilla got their first league victory of the season thanks to Paulo Henrique Ganso as his sensational flicked finish with the outside of his left foot saw off Getafe.Leganes moved up to fourth with a surprise win at Espanyol thanks to Martin Mantovani’s solitary goal.And veteran striker Aritz Aduriz edged a Basque derby Athletic’s way at Eibar.Share on: WhatsApp 3Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Real Madrid needed a late strike from Marco Asensio to prevent a shock defeat but still saw their relentless winning streak ended by Valencia in a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Asensio had got the hosts off to the perfect start after just 10 minutes, but Carlos Soler rounded off an excellent Valencia team move to level shortly after.Valencia stunned the Bernabeu when Geoffrey Kondogbia, who joined the club this week on a season-long loan from Inter Milan, swept home Rodrigo’s cross from the edge of the area.However, like on so many occasions last season, Madrid had a late reply as Asensio curled home a free-kick seven minutes from time.A draw ends Real’s eight-game winning run stretching back to May and sees the European champions fall two points behind rivals Barcelona after just two games of the La Liga season.“I can’t be happy with the result, but the performance was excellent and we deserved more today,” said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.“That’s football, you can’t always win.“We’ve lost two points, but I am very proud of my players.Valencia have endured two dreadful years, finishing 12th for the past two seasons, but there were further encouraging signs of a revival under new coach Marcelino Garcia Toral after their opening day win over Las Palmas.“It was a great spectacle,” said Marcelino.“A draw was a fair result, although either side could have won.“I am sure the fans will be proud of their players.“You can see what we are working on and that we want to be a solid and bold team.”Madrid were without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos and their presence at both ends of the field was felt in a wide open game filled with chances at both ends.Another Real win looked on the cards when Asensio pounced on a slack pass from Kondogbia to fire into the bottom corner just 10 minutes in.last_img read more


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first_imgFlorida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) poses with former Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward after an NCAA college football game against Syracuse on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Jameis Winston will not be charged with sexually assaulting a woman who accused him of raping her about a year ago, a prosecutor said Thursday.State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement at a news conference, saying the woman’s memory lapses of the events last December were problematic and there was not enough evidence to win a conviction. The woman told police she had been drinking at a bar with friends before the alleged assault took place at an off-campus apartment.“It’s not inconsistencies, it’s lack of memory most of the time,” Meggs said of the woman’s allegations.While the alleged assault happened last December, reports didn’t surface in the public until November, as the redshirt freshman was well into a remarkable season with Florida State.Winston, 19, has led the Seminoles to a No. 1 ranking and a shot at a national championship if they defeat Duke on Saturday in the ACC championship game. As for the Heisman, many voters were waiting to see whether he would be charged before the deadline for ballots Monday. The trophy for the nation’s top player will be awarded Dec. 14.Meanwhile, the woman’s family was sharply critical of the Tallahassee Police Department, accusing the agency of delaying the investigation and discouraging her from going forward with the case because of the public attention it would receive.“The victim has grave concerns that her experience, as it unfolded in the public eye and through social media, will discourage other victims of rape from coming forward and reporting,” according to a statement from the accuser and her family.The Associated Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault.The alleged assault was reported to police Dec. 7, 2012, but it wasn’t until last month before the public had any idea Winston was the subject of a sexual assault investigation. And it wasn’t until Thursday that specific details of the woman’s accusations began to emerge.She told police she and friends had five to six shots at a bar and her “memory is very broken from that point forward,” according to a search warrant for cell phone records. She said she remembered being in a cab with a “non-descript” black man and going into an apartment, but she didn’t remember where it was.The warrant said she tried to fight the man off, and at some point, another man came into the room and told him to stop. But the two went into a bathroom “where he completed the act.”Her next memory was of the suspect dressing her, putting her on a scooter and dropping her off at a campus intersection.The woman told police she initially didn’t know who assaulted her. She identified Winston, who is black, about a month after the alleged assault.Meggs’ office took over the case last month and interviewed the accuser. They also took DNA from Winston and matched it to DNA on the woman’s underwear. They also matched DNA on her shorts to her boyfriend at the time.Winston’s attorney, Timothy Jansen, said Winston had consensual sex with the accuser. Winston refused to be interviewed by police and has not talked about the case to the media.The quarterback said in a statement he was relieved.“It’s been difficult to stay silent through this process, but I never lost faith in the truth and in who I am,” Winston said.The accuser’s family has been sharply critical of the way Tallahassee police have handled the case. They said they pushed to have a DNA sample taken from Winston, only to be told by a police detective that it would alert Winston and make the case public. The family said Carroll was warned by police that Tallahassee is a “big football town, and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.”Tallahassee police have defended their handling of the case and said it was placed on inactive status in February after police were told the alleged victim did not wish to prosecute the case. The woman’s attorney has denied that the woman wanted to drop the investigation.The alleged victim was an FSU student, but she left school last month as media reports of the case surfaced. Meggs said when his office spoke with the woman last month, she wanted the case to move forward.At a restaurant on campus, students high-fived one another and did the Seminole’s chant and tomahawk chop when Meggs’ said no charges would be filed.“It’s been a tough couple weeks,” said Justin Savage, a 21-year-old senior sports management major from Fort Walton Beach. “I’m just so grateful. He’s just so lovable a guy. You can see him on campus and he’ll talk to you, it doesn’t matter who you are.”___Associated Press writer Kareem Copeland contributed to this story.___Follow Gary Fineout on Twitter: http://twitter.com/fineout.last_img read more


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first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Experience Olympia & BeyondExperience Olympia & Beyond, the region’s Visitor & Convention Bureau is now accepting nominations for Thurston County Tourism Awards. The three awards recognize community members who champion tourism to Thurston County. The awards highlight individuals who unite the community, work tirelessly towards achieving a long-term vision and show exceptional hospitality to better the experience for visitors and tourism to Thurston County.Thurston County Tourism Awards:Community Unity AwardFor those who live out their belief in collaboration and regionalism, working to bring the communities of Thurston County together in the name of tourism.Tourism Visionary AwardThis award honors an individual whose continuous commitment and trail-blazing accomplishments have set the stage for regional tourism.Excellence in Hospitality AwardAll who work in the hospitality business provide an invaluable service to the well-being of our economy. This award honors a hospitality professional who consistently goes out of their way to make visitors feel special.Anyone can nominate a qualified community member deserving of the spotlight. Nominations are open through Friday, April 10 and can be submitted online at AnnualTourism.com. The awards are announced at the Annual State of Tourism Meeting from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on June 11 at Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel.Previous award winners include:2019Excellence in Hospitality, Sandra Hall, Dillinger’s Cocktails and KitchenTourism Visionary, Dave Nickerson, Tumwater Valley Golf ClubCommunity Unity, South Puget Sound Community College2018Excellence in Hospitality, Zoe Wells, La Petite MaisonTourism Visionary, Mayor Wayne Fournier, City of TeninoCommunity Unity, Robby Rutledge, Rutledge Corn Maze2017Excellence in Hospitality, John Bourdon, Sandstone DistilleryTourism Visionary, Joy & Gray Graham, 222 MarketCommunity Unity, Aslan Meade, Thurston Economic Development Council2016Excellence in Hospitality, Charles Clapp, OLTVCBTourism Visionary, Charlotte Dickison, Dixieland Jazz FestivalCommunity Unity, Craig Ottavelli, OrgSupportTourism Professional of the Year, Patrick Knutson, Budd Bay Cafe & the River’s EdgeWho: Experience Olympia & BeyondWhat: Nominations Now Open for Thurston County Tourism AwardsWhen: Awards Announced at Annual State of Tourism MeetingJune 11, 3 p.m.Where: Lucky Eagle Casino & HotelHow to nominate: Click here AnnualTourism.comlast_img read more


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first_imgBy John BurtonFREEHOLD – A Matawan man has been handed a life sentence in prison for his role as a drug kingpin responsible for overseeing a major heroin distribution ring in Monmouth County’s Bayshore area, authorities said.Dectric Rawls, 32, will have to serve at least 25 years in state prison before being considered for parole for his conviction as a “leader of a narcotics trafficking network,” under the state’s drug kingpin statute, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.Along with the life sentence, Superior Court Judge Francis P. Vernoia handed down an additional eight-year prison term on Friday, Aug. 17, for Rawls’ conviction on possession of a firearm in the course of committing a drug offense. That second degree offense, authorities said, would require Rawls to serve at least four years in prison before being considered for parole, and must be served consecutively to his other sentence.Rawls pleaded guilty to the charges on April 30. The charges stem from a multi-department investigation that began in July 2008 and resulted in the arrest of 19 people on Nov. 16, 2009, according to the prosecutor’s office. Another six codefendants were subsequently arrested and charged.The investigation involved detectives from the Middlesex Prosecutor’s Office, officers from the Sayreville and Old Bridge police departments and the Monmouth County Prose­cutor’s Office’s Bayshore Narcotics Task Force, which includes officers from Keansburg, Union Beach, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Hazlet, Matawan, Keyport, Middletown, Aberdeen and Holmdel.The task force’s investigation determined that Rawls’ operation was responsible for selling about 100 bricks of heroin, with a street value of approximately $25,000, per week. A brick contains 50 bags or packets of heroin, authorities said.During a search of Rawls’ Fredwood Place home in Matawan at the time of his arrest, investigators seized approximately 63 bricks of heroin, a Lorcin .380 caliber automatic handgun and $28,766 in cash. The seized drug bricks had a street value of about $15,000.The search of Rawls’ home led investigators to a facility on Highway 9, Morganville, rented by Rawls, where, investigators discovered a safe containing $258,491.last_img read more


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first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL – The township Zoning Board is to continue a hearing Wednesday, May 18, on New Jersey Natural Gas’ proposal to build a gas line regulator on the site of the Holmdel Road solar farm at Hop Brook Lane.The regulator, which looks like a boiler and pipes, reduces the pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) of gas pressure in the line in a process that includes a heater to keep the line from freezing. The utility must reduce pressure in the feed line to safely connect with customers, according to New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG).The company is before the zoners because it needs three variances: one, to place the regulator as another principal use on the solar farm site; two, because the regulator would sit only about 90 feet from the across-the street property owner, rather than the required approximately 385 feet, in this “buffer zone” between residential and non-residential use; and three, fencing will be 8-feet-tall, or 2 feet higher than allowed.But the resident who lives across from the proposed regulator, Falguni Patel, and the Holmdel-based Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU), have raised various concerns.If the town has a buffer zone between residential and non-residential uses, according to Regina Criscione, a spokesman for CILU, why allow the regulator?“On one side of the block, it may be commercial,” said Patel, who lives on Hop Brook Lane with her husband, Jag Desai, and their two children. “On the other side, residential.”And the Patel-Desai house is the closest residence.Other concerns raised by Patel and CILU include what could happen if a motor vehicle hits the regulator, the firefighting response to a gas fire in the area, and any emissions the regulator gives off.“It’s emitting stuff, whether they say it’s toxic or not,” Patel said.When Patel bought the property a few years ago, the land across the street was up for sale. In the year it took to build her house, Patel learned the solar farm was going in, she said.Patel said she supports solar energy and uses it, along with geo-thermal engineering (or using the ground’s heating and cooling power), to run her 6,000-square-foot house.“I was OK with it,” said Patel, speaking of the solar farm. “(But) I was disappointed not enough was going to be done with aesthetics (on the site).”NJNG, on the other hand, says it has already compromised – for example, with an existing earthen berm between the solar panels and Holmdel Road.“We are keeping more of that berm than the original plan and adding our own berm,” said Marc Panaccione, a NJNG engineer.Michael M. Kinney, a NJNG spokesman, said the company has been “working with local officials to amend” the plans.“The purpose of the regulator station is to provide service,” Kinney said. “Safety is the most important thing we do.”NJNG is to rent property a piece of the OCI Solar Power solar farm for the regulator. NJNG will have a 15-foot-wide gravel road along the solar panel fence to access the 75-foot by 75-foot regulator site. The regulator site will have an 8-foot-tall fence – the same height as the fence around the solar panels – and have wood-slat screening as a component.“It’s mostly below ground piping,” said Panaccione, speaking of the regulator.Heat vents will be 12- to 15-feet-tall, but buffered from view, Kinney said.NJNG’s berm will be 2-1/2-feet-tall, topped with evergreen and deciduous plantings ranging from about 2-1/2-feet- to 3-feet-tall at the lower end of planting to about 24-feet- to 30-feet-tall at the higher end of planting. Some of the vegetation could reach average heights of 40 to 50 feet, according to NJNG.“It’s a pretty decent mix of landscaping,” Panaccione said.As for emissions, the only thing coming from the regulator will be safe heat emissions , mostly water vapor and some carbon dioxide, Kinney said.In terms of safety, the regulator area will be protected by traffic-diverting posts and a guard rail, according to NJNG. Also, it will be at least 40 feet from the roadway, according to NJNG.As for a fire, a “natural gas fire, you don’t put out with a fire truck,” Panaccione said. “You turn it off.”Gas shutoffs are up and down the transmission line, according to NJNG.The transmission line is monitored continuously and its flow can be controlled remotely, Kinney said.The regulator results from a 2011-to-2012 upgrade of the gas transmission system between nearby Route 520 and the Route 36 corridor to the north, according to NJNG.“We’ve been looking for a place to place this station,” Panaccione said.The May 18 meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Town Hall. It is a continuation of a hearing from February.Patel feels the gas regulator will move forward.“I want to fight it, I really do, but I feel this is just a show,” Patel said.last_img read more


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first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the Cinderella seasons for Sensations Dress Shop with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, coach Laura Zondervan, Heather Potkins, Anna Milde, Haley Slomba, Shaen Panko-Dool, Bryce Winters, Ava Young, Alex Pompu, Riley Zondervan, coach Beth Corven, Veronica Kearnes, Kelsey Andrusak, Hannah Corven, Camryn Parnell, Kamylle Barton, Jaden How and Ellee Atkinson. During the regular season Sensations Dress Shop struggled to find any consistency against the rest of the Girl’s U14 League teams.However, when playoffs rolled in the squad rose to World Cup form as Sensations Dress Shop won the Nelson Youth Soccer U14 Girl’s House League crown with a thrilling 3-2 shootout win over Vogue during Championship Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch.Sensations Dress Shop and Vogue played to a 2-2 regulation tie before the victors took over to capture the House League crown in shootout.last_img read more


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first_imgIn the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, residents of El Hierro are only a few months away from weaning themselves completely from fossil fuels for the generation of electricity. They will rely instead on a $110 million renewable energy system that uses both wind turbines and hydroelectric generation.According to reports from National Public Radio and Thomasnet, the Spanish island will be able to forego the importation of 40,000 barrels of oil a year to power generators.The new system, which NPR said was inaugurated this summer, will be able to generate as much as 48 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to supply all of the island’s needs. It is to become fully functional by the end of the year. Using both wind and hydroThe system includes five wind turbines and a closed-loop hydro system consisting of two reservoirs. When there’s enough wind, the turbines take care of the electrical demand from the island’s 11,000 or so residents and tourists. Excess electricity is used to pump water from a reservoir at sea level to a volcanic crater 2,300 feet up the hill.When the wind dies, the water from the upper reservoir is released. It travels through generators to produce electricity on its way down to the lower reservoir. The system switches from one source or electricity to the other so quickly that residents won’t know the difference.There’s nothing new about either technology, but the system installed on El Hierro is the first that combines the two, engineer Juan Manuel Quintero, who serves on the board of the Gorona del Viento (Wind Gorona) plant, told NRP.“The wind machines, we basically ordered out of a catalog,” he told NPR. “We didn’t invent the technology. Same with the water turbines. The innovation we made is hooking up the two systems together.”The earlier Thomasnet article, originally posted in 2011, says the five-turbine wind farm would have a capacity of 11.5 megawatts, with the hydro project contributing anther 11.3 MW. The report said those sources would be augmented by solar thermal collectors and grid-connected photovoltaic systems.For an interesting dialogue on the merits of the investment, take a look at the bottom of the NPR post.last_img read more


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first_imgLATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Irving-less Celtics hold off Raptors for 12th straight victory Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sock is one of four players to qualify for the tournament for the first time. Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin also qualified, though Goffin played in the tournament last year as an alternate after Gael Monfils withdrew.After the Federer match, Rafael Nadal was given his trophy for finishing the year as the No. 1 player in the rankings.FEATURED 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 shutoutThe Spaniard will play his first match at the tournament for the top eight players in the world on Monday against Goffin. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates at match point after beating Jack Sock of the United States in their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Federer has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals, including two in Houston, two in Shanghai and two in London. His last one came in 2011.In 2017, he has won a tour-best seven titles, the most he has won since taking eight in 2007.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more