Tkatchenko on fact finding mission to Tonga

first_imgThe main aim of the trip is to assesses the Pacific Kingdom’s sporting infrastructure and come up with an estimate monetary figure that Papua New Guinea Government will give to Tonga in its preparation to host the 2019 Pacific Games. Tkatchenko told Loop PNG today, that engineers and architectures from the Department of Works and PNG Sports Foundation CEO  Peter Tsiamalili Jnr will be accompanying him for the four-day trip.“We will come back with a decision because it is a fact finding trip.“This shows that PNG is in tune, and will support our smaller Pacific Island countries.Tkatchenko in an earlier interview labelled a Tonga local media report of PNG to give K102 million ($US 35 million) to Tonga as “misleading and totally not true.”last_img

LIME and FLOW announce $28m two-year deal with JAAA

first_imgLIME and Flow are now major partners of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and will sponsor all its national championships and teams as they have inked a two-year deal worth $28 million.The announcement by the merged entities took place at Terra Nova All Suites Hotel yesterday.LIME manager for sponsorship and events Stephen Miller revealed that the agreement will encompass all junior and senior athletic programmes and events owned or associated with the national track and field athletics body.This will include national junior and senior trials, CARIFTA trials and championships, Junior Central American and Caribbean Games, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association development meets, and the Jamaica Invitational meet. Other support for the association will include providing telecommunications infrastructure and products over the stated period.”LIME and Flow will power the JAAA and all its events over the period … and we will make sure the fans feel our presence at these events,” Miller told the gathering.However, he warned entities to respect their rights as exclusive telecoms sponsor of the JAAA or suffer the consequence.”We respect the rights of all those who support athletics, and as such, we expect that our rights as exclusive telecoms sponsor for all JAAA events will be fully respected. Our exclusive advertising right as telecoms sponsor at all these events will be safeguarded and fully enforced,” he urged.Dr Warren Blake, the JAAA president, said that the team to the World Championships in Beijing in under a month’s time could be the largest and most diverse Jamaican team to ever participate at the Games and said that every contribution towards the programme is appreciated.”The cost to Beijing is formidable. The cost for airfare alone runs into five or six million. The needs of the JAAA go a far way than that ($28 million), but this goes a significant way towards meeting our needs, and we are quite happy for this partnership,” he said.”The $28 million is quite a boost for us, and it will put the JAAA in a position to better look after and support our athletes,” Blake stated.partnershipsMinister without portfolio with responsibility for sports Natalie Neita-Headley said the merger exemplified what private-public sector partnerships can achieve.”I am very happy to be part of every and any occasion where the private sector and the public sector can come together for the benefit of the development of sports in Jamaica. Without the partnership of the private sector, it just does not work,” she said.LIME has been a major sponsor of the JAAA, sponsoring high school development meets, the Jamaica Independent Schools’ Association (JISA) national Prep Champs, ISSA/Grace Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, as well as several outstanding athletes.”This move is a bold one and I know we will benefit wholeheartedly,” said Neita-Headley.last_img read more

Light a Moose for the Hospital Foundation is Back!

first_imgHelp us raise funds for the Fort St. John Hospital FoudationMoose FM has once again teamed up with the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and Rhyason Contracting to help raise funds for the Be an Angel, Light a Light campaign.  Starting Wednesday November 26th Moose FM’s staff will be camped out at the Hospital with our giant sign. – Advertisement -For 3 days Moose FM will broadcast live from the lawn of the Hospital with our 6’ x 12’ sign.  For a minimum of a $20 donation to the Foundation we’ll add one light to our sign.  Once it’s all lit up we hope to raise over $30,000.  The goal for this year’s overall Hospital Foundation Fundraiser is $300,000 with the monies going towards purchase of a 64 Slice CT Scanner.WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Collect donations at your office or workplace and donate to Light a Moose.  Every penny helps as we work towards bringing the best health care to Fort St. John.  If own or operate a business and would like to make a public donation call us at 250-787-7100.  Time is running out as Light a Moose is almost here. This is the fifth year for Light a Moose.  Last year we raised just over $30,000 for the Foundation.  From Wednesday November 26th to the 28th we’ll be broadcasting live from the Hospital lawn.  We will be there collecting donations.  You can also donate online at this website once Light a Moose is underway.Light a Moose November 26th – 28th, 2008 last_img read more

Briefs: Querrey on losing end after Blake ruled out of tourney

first_img Gonzaga reserve freshman Theo Davis has been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana stemming from his arrest with starting sophomore center Josh Heytvelt after a traffic stop last month. Heytvelt faces arraignment March 12 on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance for having hallucinogenic mushrooms. Coach Mark Few indefinitely suspended both players for violating team rules the day after their arrests. Phoenix Mercury starting center Kamila Vodichkova, 34, will miss the 2007 WNBA season because of pregnancy. TRACK AND FIELD: Michelle Perry of the United States won the 110-meter hurdles in 12.82 seconds at the Melbourne Track Classic in Australia, the first leg of the IAAF World Athletics Tour. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Korolev, who had thought he was out of the tournament when he went to sleep at 3 a.m. Friday, was told at 6 a.m. he was back in and beat Querrey 6-4, 6-4 in a noon match. Top-seed Roger Federer beat Tommy Haas in straight sets 6-4, 7-5 to reach his fifth straight Dubai Open final, this time against Mikhail Youzhny. Top-seeded James Blake was removed from the quarterfinals of the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas early Friday after ATP Tour officials reversed a ruling that had allowed him to advance due to a competitor’s withdrawal during round-robin play. Evgeny Korolev took Blake’s place against Thousand Oaks’ Sam Querrey after officials released a statement blaming the confusion on “an incorrect variation of ATP rules.” center_img Top-seeded Justine Henin rallied to beat Jelena Jankovic 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the final of the Qatar Open, against Svetlana Kuzentsova. BASKETBALL: Utah coach Ray Giacoletti, whose team is mired in the worst season in decades, will leave at the end of the season, the school announced. The Utes (11-17) are just 6-9 in the Mountain West Conference before today’s game at rival Brigham Young. “Obviously our vision three years ago was not the way it has gone – especially this year,” said Giacoletti, who replaced the retiring Rick Majerus at the school and has one year left on his contract. Giacoletti started with a 29-win season in 2004-05 but the Utes are 25-32 since they went to the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16 with Andrew Bogut as the star player. last_img read more

Conte, Mancini and or Di Biagio on Italy coach shortlist

first_imgFormer AC Milan star Costacurta has been given the task of finding a replacement for Gian Piero Ventura, who was sacked after Italy’s World Cup exit.All three are former Italian international players. Costacurta did not mention former Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who has said he would leave French club Nantes if offered the Italy job.Conte, 48, coached Italy from 2014 to the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championship before taking over at Chelsea.“I never said I preferred Conte,” continued Costacurta, who had said in an interview this week the Chelsea boss was the number one choice.“I only said that having already worked with the national team, he has the right characteristics.“Given we don’t have any outstanding talents at the moment, we need a very good coach, and the names I’ve mentioned are good coaches.”Zenit Saint Petersburg coach Mancini, 53, has said he wants the job to fulfil his dream of winning the World Cup.Mancini has won silverware with all clubs he has managed. He led Manchester City in 2012 to their first English title in 44 years, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan and Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio, and a Turkish Cup with Galatasary.Italy Under-21 coach Di Biagio, 46, a former Roma and Inter Milan defensive midfielder, has little coaching experience and has been appointed as interim national coach for friendlies against Argentina and England next month.Costacurta added that he agreed with Di Biagio, who wants to call up Italy goalkeeping icon Gianluigi Buffon, 40, for the friendlies.“I agree with Buffon’s final contribution for Italy not being that evening against Sweden,” he added of Buffon’s decision to retire after Italy lost two World Cup play-offs.“We gave Di Biagio the chance of choosing what he thinks is best for these two friendlies.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Italy’s football federation is trying to choose between three possible national coaches including Chelsea’s Antonio Conte © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKFLORENCE, Italy, Feb 28 – Italy’s new coach will be Antonio Conte or Roberto Mancini or Luigi Di Biagio, Italian federation vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta said on Wednesday.“We plan on appointing the new coach by June. Conte, Mancini or Di Biagio? These are the names, it won’t be anyone else,” said Costacurta at Italy’s Coverciano training camp outside Florence.last_img read more

Weiss leads opposition to cutting apartment parking spaces

first_imgNeighborhood activists and Councilman Jack Weiss rejected a proposal Tuesday that would make it easier for developers to cut the number of parking spaces included in new apartment and condo projects. The idea is to reduce parking requirements when developers offer tenants or buyers transit alternatives, such as van pools, bike storage, transit passes or flex cars. But Weiss and others argued that Los Angeles is no Manhattan or San Francisco or London, cities where people can easily get around without their own vehicle. Los Angeles, they said, is still a city of cars and reducing the parking requirement will just lead to more crowded curbs. “Just passing a new law like this will not make all the cars in the city go away, poof, like that,” Weiss said during a Planning and Land Use Committee hearing. “What you will do is cause folks who own cars to continue to own cars and just park farther away from where they live, and then you’re going to end up encroaching on other neighborhoods and you’re going to have more applications for preferential parking districts.” But the Planning Department and Councilman Ed Reyes said the proposal is one option to deal with two of L.A.’s most pressing problems: traffic and the lack of affordable housing. “The cost of parking for multifamily buildings is extremely high and really does minimize how much housing can be built in this city,” said City Planner Tom Rothmann, who estimates the cost of building underground parking about $25,000 per space. Allowing developers to include less parking could bring down the cost of rentals or for-sale condos, and the incentives, such as offering tenants transit passes or flex cars, could entice residents to give up their cars. “Certain council members might find this a tool, as another approach to promoting affordable housing in areas where there is higher poverty,” said Councilman Ed Reyes, who supported the proposal. But homeowners groups and some neighborhood councils opposed the idea, saying many communities are already short on private parking and curbside parking. They weren’t convinced that developers’ incentives or even building near transit will reduce the demand for cars in L.A. “Just because you live near transit doesn’t mean you’re going to take it because your job may not be near where transit goes,” said Renee Weitzer, chief of staff to Councilman Tom LaBonge, who opposed the parking proposal. She and LaBonge recently attended the grand opening of a 138-unit building next to the Universal City Red Line station. Roughly 80 percent of the building is leased, but when LaBonge asked how many people took transit to work, only one tenant raised her hand. The parking proposal now goes to the full City Council for consideration. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Students decry sweatshops

first_imgWHITTIER – Whittier College students Thursday held a lunchtime demonstration against alleged sweatshop apparel products sold on campus. “Sweatshops are not necessary and are unacceptable,” said student organizer Georgia Hirsty. “I’m proud to be a student at Whittier College and support its Quaker values. We need to remove this stain from the Whittier College campus.” Several dozen students, and a few faculty members and Whittier Peace and Justice Coalition members, gathered on the lawn near “The Rock” to publicly ask college President Dr. Sharon Herzberger to better monitor the factories that produce college apparel. Protest organizers urged students to sign a petition asking the college administration to join Workers Rights Consortium, an organization that monitors factories to ensure that they don’t allow sweatshop conditions such as requiring employees to work long hours in unsafe environments for little pay. The college currently works with the Fair Labor Association, which monitors industry to ensure international labor standards. But students say the FLA is ineffective and allows the college to purchase clothing from sweatshop factories. In February, members of the college’s United Students Against Sweatshops will meet with Herzberger about the issue. “We’re here to talk about people, their lives and future – or lack of future \,” said Dr. Judith Prather, a speaker at the rally and a psychotherapist and activist. “By addressing this problem where we live we have a greater chance of influencing this global issue.” Whittier College political science professor Dr. Caroline Heldman said that stories in the media about worker abuse at sweatshops have made the public aware of the problem. “These stories have opened our eyes to the price of gluttony,” Heldman said. Students who attended the rally agreed that stories about unfair conditions at sweatshops motivated them to protest. “These workers are forced to live and work in unsuitable conditions,” said Kelly Muscolo, a sophomore at the college. She said that she believes, if given the choice, most consumers would choose not to buy products produced in a sweatshop. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DWP lag in wind project blasted

first_img The lack of communication over Pine Tree was part of a larger pattern, said Commissioner Nick Patsaouras, who called for more frequent updates on renewable energy efforts. The utility is working hard to add clean power sources but it takes time to create the transmission infrastructure to deliver the energy, DWP General Manager Ron Deaton said. “Transmission doesn’t happen overnight,” Deaton said. “You cannot bring the produce to the market unless you have a road to travel.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The project calls for a contractor to develop a wind farm in the southern Sierra Nevada that the city would then purchase. It originally had been slated for completion in 2004 but has been delayed amid local opposition and an Audubon Society lawsuit about bird safety. Now the project will be held up another year because the DWP could not secure the wind turbines from the vendors, including General Electric, said Henry Martinez, head of the utility’s power system. “With such a high demand for wind turbines, at this point, we were unable to lock in those turbines,” he said. “It appears this project will be delayed a year until we get the turbines locked in and completed.” Commissioner Edith Ramirez said the news came “as a great shock,” and she joined fellow panelists in saying the issue should have been brought back to the commission earlier. The Board of Water and Power Commissioners lashed out Tuesday at the slow pace of DWP’s clean-power efforts after being told a prominent wind project will be delayed another year. The revelation that a shortage of wind turbines will hold up the Pine Tree Wind Project came as part of a general update on the Department of Water and Power’s renewable energy efforts that struck the commissioners as lacking urgency. “With all due respect, I’m sitting here and I can hardly contain my sense of dismay,” said David Nahai, vice president of the board. “It’s still no clearer to me today than the first day how we’re going to get to the goal of 20 percent (renewable power) by 2010.” The DWP commission has made increasing the utility’s share of green power one of its top priorities. One of the most prominent portions of the renewable energy portfolio has been Pine Tree, a $278 million project first approved in 2003. last_img read more

Mourinho says ‘best in the world’ De Gea will sign new Man United deal

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident David De Gea will remain at Old Trafford.De Gea was once again influential for United in their 1-0 win over Young Boys on Tuesday night as they made it into the last 16 of the Champions League with a game to spare. REVEALED RANKED no dice MONEY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ David de Gea is in his eighth season with Manchester United BEST OF Latest Football Stories Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card ADVICE Getty Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions shining center_img REVEALED 2 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea denies Young Boys at Old Trafford. The Spanish shot-stopper made an incredible save with the scoreline level before Marouane Fellaini’s last-gasp goal, which was celebrated wildly by Mourinho.Mourinho’s relief was clear as he threw water bottles on to the floor and the manager thanked goalkeeper De Gea for saving their blushes as much as Fellaini, having superbly clawed a deflected Ulisses Garcia effort off the line in the 70th minute.The Young Boys substitute had even turned to celebrate, before realising De Gea had somehow stopped it. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade There are fears De Gea will look to to leave next summer but Mourinho is adamant he is going nowhere.“He is a world-class player,” Mourinho said.“He is the best goalkeeper in the world and, if our ambitions are to be a big club, to be a winning club, you need the best goalkeeper in the world – and you need also some other players the best in the world. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars huge blow 2 “In this case, we have the best goalkeeper in the world and I know that he wants to stay.“I know that his agent is happy to do what the player wants and I also know that the board wants him to stay and they’re working on that, so hopefully sooner or later they arrive into good conclusions.”last_img read more


first_imgA leading tourism figure has said Donegal is already seeing the benefit of the amazing and famous northern lights.The spectacular natural phenomena has been the talk of the country in recent days.Now Kathleen Gill, marketing manager of Inishowen Tourism, says people from as far away as Cork are making enquiries about the area. The Inishowen Peninsula is considered the best place to see the lights which will be visible until March.“We have had a lot of calls from as far away as Cork about the lights and what accommodation is available in the region.“We are working on finding the most suitable times for people to visit so they can have the best chance of seeing the lights.“The best place to see the lights is in the Ballyliffin and Malin around the Polan Bay but the entire Inishowen Peninsula has so much to offer. “There used to be the perception that Donegal and Inishowen was so far away but the road networks has improved so much that nowhere is isolated anymore ,” she said.This year’s could be the most spectacular in a decade because of a peak in the sun’s activity.The celestial light show appears as ghostly, wispy rays of greenish and whitish colours dancing across the heavens.Local astronomer Brendan Alexander is hoping for some clear night skies over Donegal in the next few weeks.“It’s definitely worth seeking out. It’s an event that – especially on these shores – is so rare. “But we are lucky to live just north enough to experience it – any country further south than us won’t be able to see it. It’s certainly something tourists would come to see.”The sun has a “heartbeat” every 11 years or so – known as the solar cycle – and when it erupts, charged particles blast into space and are sucked into the North Pole.These explosions react with the earth’s atmosphere, sparking great swathes of coloured light over the night skies, known for centuries by native north Americans as the Dance of the Spirits.For further information see DONEGAL TOURISM ALREADY BEING SWITCHED ON TO NORTHERN LIGHTS PHENOMENA was last modified: January 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brendan AlexanderInishowenInishowen TourismKathleen Gillnorthern lightslast_img read more