first_imgWagai said this when responding to questions raised by the media on whether the contractor for the PNG Games has been paid the full amount for their services. “Nirvani initially gave us a scope of K23 million kina. We have a balance of K1.3 million yet to pay.“The contractor is now insisting that we pay that balance and then they will return to work.“This is the tenth day that they have stopped work after we just paid Nirvani K5 million in December of last year.“They worked for four weeks and decided to suspend work again pending the payment of the balance. So that is where we are.“In any contract, we know that there is a retention clause, we have already overpaid the retention by another 5%,” said Wagai.Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko added on saying Nirvani must get back to work on the venues.“At the end of the day, you have to be a team player. We’re not going against the contractor because they haven’t been paid up to date.“We’ve done everything we possibly can. We have bent over backwards for this contractor to get the job done. Why do you want an upfront payment of a 100%? I’ve never heard of that before.“Finish the job,” said Tkatchenko.According to Tkatchenko and Wagai, 90% of the work on all venues has been completed.last_img read more

first_imgView comments “The target really is six-peat and that would really be a remarkable part of history,” said NU Pep Squad coach Ghicka Bernabe.READ: NU Pep Squad bags fourth straight UAAP Cheerdance goldFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentNU, however, is wary not to look far ahead. But Bernabe is also not the type who shies away from challenges.“There is pressure every year. Even in our first championship the pressure was already there. And like what I always tell our dancers, let’s embrace the pressure,” Bernabe said. Adamson turns long-time frustrations into UAAP Cheerdance bronze With a fourth consecutive championship under its belt, the biggest challenge for NU is to sustain its excellence with other schools improving each year.READ: GALLERY: 2016 UAAP Cheerdance Competition“Every year is a very, very challenging year. Everybody will step up and a five-peat will be more challenging [than winning a four-peat],” said team manager Jun Gaw.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next EDITORS’ PICK We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ NU Pep Squad celebrates its fourth straight championship in the UAAP Cheerdance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter winning a fourth straight UAAP Cheerdance crown, National University has set its sight on pulling off a “six-peat” to eclipse the record made by University of Santo Tomas.The UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe was an immovable force in the early 2000s, winning the title for five straight years from 2002 to 2006.ADVERTISEMENT Four-peat for NU! #UAAPCDC79— Mark Giongco (@MarkGiongcoINQ) November 19, 2016“But before winning six straight, we need to get to five first and we’ll take it one day at a time,” she added.READ: NU also rules UAAP Cheerdance group stunts ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esportslast_img read more

first_img PLAYED FREELY West Indies then enjoyed the best stand of the innings as Chase and Blackwood played freely to put on 119 for the fifth wicket to lift their side to 177 for four at tea. Chase struck 12 fours and a six off 138 balls in three hours at the crease, while Blackwood stroked eight fours and a six in a 70-ball cameo. At the break, Chase was unbeaten on a cautious 27 from 78 deliveries, while Blackwood, in contrast, carved out 21 from a mere 13 balls. Blackwood entertained afterwards, reaching his half-century off 48 balls, while Chase stepped up the pace as well to reach his landmark off 101 deliveries. Chase was going through the gears when he was bowled by Taylor at 169 for five, and 14 balls later Blackwood, who had been caught off a no-ball on 58, perished lbw to captain Ryan ten Doeschate. They were two of four wickets to tumble for 40 runs in the last session as the Windies lost their way. CHELMSFORD, England, (CMC): Roston Chase made an enterprising start to his maiden tour of England, leading a trio of half-century makers as West Indies prospered on the first day of their opening tour match against Essex here yesterday. Sent in at the Essex County Ground, the Caribbean side reached 309 for eight, courtesy of Chase’s top-score of 81, opener Kraigg Brathwaite’s 61 and Jermaine Blackwood’s aggressive 59. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich ended the day unbeaten on 28, while brothers Shai and Kyle Hope both got 22, but failed to carry on. Rookie 20-year-old seamer Callum Taylor (2-33) and left-arm pacer Paul Walter (2-50) ended with two wickets apiece. Up against an understrength side with Essex choosing to rest five key players in view of Sunday’s County Championship clash against Yorkshire, the Windies made the most of the opportunity with key batsmen getting among the runs. They suffered the early loss of Kieran Powell for 15 when the left-hander was bowled by 19-year-old seamer Sam Cook on his Essex first class debut, but Brathwaite then anchored the innings to see the tourists to lunch on 102 for two. The right-hander put on 36 for the second wicket with Kyle Hope before adding a further 51 for the third wicket with Shai. Unbeaten on a patient 38 off 91 balls at the interval, Brathwaite lost Shai in the third over following the break – bowled by Walter – but moved to his half-century from 135 balls, while adding 44 for the fourth wicket with Chase. Brathwaite, dropped on 53 by Nick Brown at second slip off 19-year-old pacer Aaron Beard, eventually perished with the score on 150, bowled by Taylor after facing 155 deliveries in nearly 3 3/4 hours at the crease and hitting eight fours.last_img read more

first_imgThe high-profile sacking of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho followed by the lower-scale exit of Jamaica’s national cricket coach Robert Samuels, again brings into sharp focus the underlying principle of sports, where it is accepted that teams and players win matches and titles, while coaches lose games and titles. While the sacking of football coaches generally, and specifically the sacking of Mourinho, are straightforward, standard, and indeed logical, the sacking of a cricket coach is a little bit more complicated. It is much more difficult, for example, to quantify the direct amount of blame that should be apportioned to Robert Samuels for the results of the Jamaica Scorpions cricket team. It is impossible for any coach in any sport to totally escape ultimate responsibility for the team’s overall results, but when a Jamaica senior cricket team filled with senior professionals with international experience chasing a victory target of 117 runs, with two days to go in the game, gets bowled out for 65, what kind of tactical and technical advice would be reasonably expected to be imparted to these senior pros by the coach? What should Samuels need to say to the likes of John Campbell, Andre McCarthy and Jermaine Blackwood in furtherance of their approach of such an elementary task? Coaching in cricket is overrated, especially at the senior level. The very nature of the game of cricket places a great deal of individual responsibility on the players with significant tactical support from the on field captain. When a bowler begins a spell, or a batsman commences an innings, the coach is normally helplessly tucked away in the dugout or on the dressing room balcony several metres away. The bowler will decide his approach, his line of attack, and his variations, and make his own adjustments, as would the batsman in compiling runs in his innings. The effects of coaching in sports like football and basketball are much more direct and tangible than they are for cricket. Football, basketball and even netball coaches are much more hands-on and can potentially influence almost every play of the game with instructions, tactics and adjustments. One of the poignant facts about the dominant Windies cricket team of the late ’70s through the ’80s and into the early ’90s, is that the team did not have a coach, and yet, the Windies dominated the game of cricket for almost two decades. Indeed, the advent of full-time, high-profile coaches in international cricket is still a relatively new reality, and the jury is still deliberating on the direct effects of coaching at the highest level of cricket. My personal suspicion is that coaching does not significantly impact the fortunes of the top teams. As long as the players are at a certain technical and professional level, it does not matter seriously who the coach is. When all is said and done, however, Robert Samuels was the Jamaican cricket coach for two seasons and a game, and therefore, he must abide by guiding principles of coaching. Truth be told, Jamaica’s continuing struggles in regional cricket should not be tolerated. In a regional context, it is disgraceful that Jamaica is relegated to being perennial strugglers against these smaller territories. In that regard, Samuels must fall in line with Jose Mourinho and all the other fired coaches in football and all the other sports around the world, and accept that in their chosen profession, it’s all about getting the results in this the ultimate results-oriented business. Direct effectlast_img read more

first_imgA train belonging to steel giant Arcelor Mittal derailed on Tuesday, August 2 in the LAMCO camp, Bong County, about three kilometers from the boundary with Nimba County.According to information from the Nimba County town of Duo, the train was heading from Yekapa around 4 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2 when residents heard the harsh sound of iron clashing against iron from about 10 kilometers from the accident scene.They said a sharp ‘iron sound’ trailed the train’s movement, and caused panic among residents of nearby towns and villages.“The rubbing of iron from the rail, sent huge sparks like fire and it made us think that the train was on fire,” said a security officer, who was on duty the night of the incident.When this reporter visited the scene of the derailment, most of the bolts used to tighten the rail to the wooded bed were all broken from about 10 kilometers from where the train finally derailed.The train, marked 94, was loaded with iron ore in about 70 wagons, heading for the port of Buchanan. It was about 165 kilometers from Buchanan.Inspection revealed that about 16 of the center wagons derailed, leaving 30 wagons detached behind and 27 wagons attached to the locomotive itself.The 30 wagons were later pulled back to Yekapa, while the 27 managed to reach their destination (Buchanan) on the same train.The center 16 wagons, which derailed, were on the track, causing extensive damage to the railroad. A resident said this might take the company weeks or months to repair, and could likely hamper the company’s activities.There was no report of casualty, besides the large amount of wasted ore at the scene of the incident.The cause of the derailment has been blamed on mechanical failure, according to Public Relations Manager Hesta Pearson. She, however, did not reveal the cost of the damage so far.Meanwhile, she stressed to the Daily Observer that there was never a fire as reported in some media, adding that there were no casualties or injuries during the incident.“The rail operation will resume shortly, once the derailed wagons are removed from the rail line,” she concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgEfren ‘Bata’ Reyes may be losing his magic, but his legacy is intact Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—When Melcah Jen Caballero captured her first gold with Joanie Delgaco, the 23-year-old rowing ace hardly assumed she would stand atop the medal podium again.ADVERTISEMENT Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areascenter_img Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist “I was already satisfied with the gold that we won yesterday (Saturday). This win made me happier because it wasn’t expected at all,’’ said Caballero, who ruled the women’s doubles sculls with Delgaco.Caballero added that her training in China prior to the Games paid off courtesy of the Philippine Sports Commission.“If not for that training in China, I wouldn’t be here now,’’ said Caballero, dedicating her golds to her parents back home in Camarines Sur. “Thank you PSC and for all those supported me, especially my parents.’’ADVERTISEMENT Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations So it came as a big surprise for Caballero when she crossed the finish ahead of everybody else in the lightweight women’s single sculls Sunday at the 30th Southeast Asian Games.Caballero, who finished fourth in the event her previous stint in these Games, completed the 2000-meter race in seven minutes and 50.89 to defeat Thailand’s Rojjana Raclao (7:54.23) and Mutiara Putri of Indonesia (7:56.85).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 42nd most productive SEA Games day for PH: 15 goldslast_img read more

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, August 28 – Barca coach Tito Vilanova warned that archrivals Real Madrid will be dangerous in Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup final clash after a three-game famine with no wins.Barcelona won 3-2 in the first leg at the Camp Nou, despite a blunder by goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who tried to dribble the ball out of his own penalty area and let Angel di Maria score into an empty net. But Real Madrid go into the return leg hungry after a terrible start to the season, with one draw and two losses including a shock 2-1 defeat at derby rivals Getafe on Sunday that left coach Jose Mourinho fuming at his own team.Asked if that would make Real Madrid more vulnerable or more dangerous as opponents at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, Vilanova had no doubts.“More dangerous, yes, yes. That’s normal, the same would happen with us. If we had not won in two or three games and we were playing at home, we would try to change the dynamic as quickly as possible,” Vilanova said.“But in themselves Madrid are already dangerous with the number of players they have, and in the Bernabeu. It is impossible to think about going to Madrid and having an easy game. They are very good. You just have to look at what they did last year.”Vilanova said he expected Madrid to apply the pressure from the starting whistle.“Madrid will come looking for us. They are team that in the first minutes at the Bernabeu pressure you, try to score quickly and come out like that because they need to score.The coach did not give away his line-up but said latest recruit from Arsenal, Cameroonian Alex Song, could make an appearance.“He has only had a week. He has a few mechanisms to learn obviously. We will see if he gets a few minutes,” Vilanova said, adding that the 24-year-old midfielder was adapting quickly.Vilanova denied a win on Wednesday would stamp Barca’s authority on the season versus Real Madrid.“Better to win it than not win it, but I don’t think it marks the season. We have had three games and thinking that the winner of the Super Cup is going to win all the titles to come… I don’t think so. There is so much ahead,” he said.“We all know Madrid will win many games and points. It is too much to analyze with only two match days (in the Liga).”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HATOYAMA, Japan (AP) — Forget the clicker: A new technology in Japan could let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity. The “brain-machine interface” developed by Hitachi Inc. analyzes slight changes in the brain’s blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals. A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi’s Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside Tokyo. “Take a deep breath and relax,” said Kei Utsugi, a researcher, while demonstrating the device on Wednesday. At his prompting, a reporter did simple calculations in her head, and the train sprang forward — apparently indicating activity in the brain’s frontal cortex, which handles problem solving. Activating that region of the brain — by doing sums or singing a song — is what makes the train run, according to Utsugi. When one stops the calculations, the train stops, too. Underlying Hitachi’s brain-machine interface is a technology called optical topography, which sends a small amount of infrared light through the brain’s surface to map out changes in blood flow. Although brain-machine interface technology has traditionally focused on medical uses, makers like Hitachi and Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. have been racing to refine the technology for commercial application. Hitachi’s scientists are set to develop a brain TV remote controller letting users turn a TV on and off or switch channels by only thinking. Honda, whose interface monitors the brain with an MRI machine like those used in hospitals, is keen to apply the interface to intelligent, next-generation automobiles. The technology could one day replace remote controls and keyboards and perhaps help disabled people operate electric wheelchairs, beds or artificial limbs. Initial uses would be helping people with paralyzing diseases communicate even after they have lost all control of their muscles. Since 2005, Hitachi has sold a device based on optical topography that monitors brain activity in paralyzed patients so they can answer simple questions — for example, by doing mental calculations to indicate “yes” or thinking of nothing in particular to indicate “no.” “We are thinking of various kinds of applications,” project leader Hideaki Koizumi said. “Locked-in patients can speak to other people by using this kind of brain machine interface.” A key advantage to Hitachi’s technology is that sensors don’t have to physically enter the brain. Earlier technologies developed by U.S. companies like Neural Signals Inc. required implanting a chip under the skull. Still, major stumbling blocks remain. Size is one issue, though Hitachi has developed a prototype compact headband and mapping machine that together weigh only about two pounds. Another would be to tweak the interface to more accurately pick up on the correct signals while ignoring background brain activity. Any brain-machine interface device for widespread use would be “a little further down the road,” Koizumi said. He added, however, that the technology is entertaining in itself and could easily be applied to toys. “It’s really fun to move a model train just by thinking,” he said.last_img read more

first_img shining Cesc Fabregas has completed his move to Monaco, Chelsea have confirmed.The Blues midfielder was highly successful with the west London club, winning four major trophies in four-and-a-half-years at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard made 198 appearances for Chelsea and scored 22 goals in that time.He also rose to become the player with the second most assists (111) in Premier League history, behind Ryan Giggs only.The midfielder now joins up with his former team-mate Thierry Henry in France with Ligue 1 side Monaco. 2 Latest Football News 2 RANKED REPLY Fabregas has joined Monaco Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Fabregas made his final bow for the Blues on the weekend in Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest and left the pitch in tears to a standing ovation from the crowd.He now joins Henry’s Monaco, who are struggling in France’s top flight in 19th position. huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Today we say goodbye and wish @cesc4official the best of luck for the future. 🎩— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 11, 2019In a statement released on Twitter, Chelsea wrote: “Today we say goodbye and wish @cesc4official the best of luck for the future.”Fabregas, who is known for his defence-splitting passing ability, is leaving English football having played 501 matches for both Arsenal and Chelsea.He became Arsenal’s youngest Premier League senior after making his debut at just 16 years old, and went on to spend eight years with the Gunners.He then returned to his boyhood club Barcelona before returning to London to sign for Chelsea. Thierry Henry and Fabregas were Arsenal team-mates center_img no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF REVEALED MONEY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card More to follow…last_img read more

first_img11 June 2004The government has approved the construction of the second phase of the Olifants River Water Project, which includes a large dam at De Hoop on the Steelpoort river in Limpopo province.The project, which will cost over R3-billion, will also involve construction of extensive bulk water distribution infrastructure, in the form of pipelines and pump stations, and the raising of the Flag Boshielo Dam wall on the Olifants River near Marble Hall by five metres.Construction on the De Hoop dam is due to start in late 2005, subject to the necessary environmental approvals. The dam is expected to start supplying water by 2009, with the full yield by 2011.The project, to be carried out by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, will supply water for social and economic development in large parts of the Olifants and Mogalakwena/Sand Catchments of the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.“People in these areas will benefit directly through employment opportunities in mining and associated developments, and also in the availability of water for domestic purposes”, said Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Buyelwa Sonjica.The project also includes pipelines and associated pump stations from the dam site at De Hoop to mining developments as well as to the existing Olifants/Sand Transfer Scheme, which supplies water to Polokwane. A branch pipeline to Jane Furse and the Nebo Plateau is also being planned.The project will create extensive employment opportunities during the construction period, which is expected to last about five years.Sonjica described the project as “an excellent example of cooperative governance”, saying her department and the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provincial governments, in consultation with local communities and private sector companies, had investigated numerous options for making more water available in the area before recommending the dam at De Hoop.The minister said the construction costs would in part be covered through contributions from economic water users, while the government would fund the planning, initial design and water for social reporterlast_img read more