Our golden lifter confident of more gold

first_imgThe golden girl of PNG weightlifting arrived back in the country this afternoon from New Caledonia after spending the last three months training at the Weightlifting Institute there.Toua will be competing in the 53kg weight division and said she is “definitely going for gold” but expects a strong challenge from Australia and New Zealand female weightlifters.“I will be doing my best and let the result come.”The Commonwealth champion added that after returning from Glasgow Commonwealth Games and taking time off to spend with family, the three months of training has put her back in top form.last_img read more

Matthews Ridge to Baramita road nearing completion

first_imgResidents traversing the Matthews Ridge to Baramita Road, in Region One (Barima-Waini), will have a smoother ride as a massive road rehabilitation project advances.The rehabilitation of the approximately 40 kilometres of roadway commenced in March this year and was expected to wrap up before the end of the year.A $318 million contract was awarded to A and S General Construction Incorporated for the rehabilitation of the laterite road. The acting foreman for the project, Vincent Pancham said to date the work was 50 per cent complete. He explained that prior to the works, the road was covered with heavy bush and was inaccessible, which required crucial work.Pancham explained, “If it weren’t for the weather, the work would have been completed. The scope of works includes excavation of the road, the establishment of the carriageway which is 24 feet and the placement of laterite on the road. We also had to do the drains and shoulders of the road and widen it.”The unpredictable weather patterns continue to be a challenge for hinterland road projects. As a result, the contract for the rehabilitation of the Matthews Ridge to Baramita roadway was extended to eight months from the original six. Pancham assured that providing there was favourable weather, the works would be completed in four weeks.“We’ve had other unforeseen challenges which were dealt with. The laterite while accessible was difficult to dig up. Our excavator was occupied for one month getting the laterite. Bridges were also a challenge: we replaced the beams of the 26 bridges along the route to cross them. Nevertheless, we do expect to complete the works within four weeks, as long as there is good weather,” the acting foreman is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.Several other rehabilitation projects are ongoing in Region One, including the upgrade of roads in central Port Kaituma to concrete structures. This project is being executed by International Imports and Supplies, and the main access road from the airstrip to Port Kaituma is being completed by KP Thomas.InvestigationOnly last week, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had expressed deep concern over the construction of major road projects in Regions One and Four. He simultaneously called for the Auditor General’s Office to investigate them, as the contracts may contain requirements to enable acts of corruption.Jagdeo said these projects included road works taking place along Port Kaituma and Mabaruma roads in Region One.Some $213.2 million was awarded to KP Thomas and Sons in May 2017 for repairs to the Citrus Grove Main Road, Port Kaituma, Region One. Meanwhile, a $110.2 million contract for the Mabaruma road project was awarded to Mohammed Ramzanalli Khan Construction. This project entails the installation of approximately 3500 feet of concrete road or rigid pavements and drains within the community.“We believe that the tender process was tampered with so as to inflate the contracts by hundreds of thousands of dollars in these road projects,” the Opposition Leader said.However, the Opposition Leader explained that these sums are hidden through a different form of corruption involving the layer of the asphalt. According to him, some forms of corruption are enabled through contracts and others through the force account.last_img read more

Hockey and pancakes at the Pomeroy Sport Centre

A photo timeline of the Fort Hotel Fire

first_imgThe following is a series of photos from the Fort Hotel Fire on May 2nd 2009 in Fort St. John, BC. Do you have a photo or video of the fire you’d like to share? E-mail contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comPhoto: This photo was taken at around 5:30pm as the fire began at the Fort Hotel- Advertisement –Photo: At around 5:45pm the fire looked as though it was getting worsePhoto: 7:30pm the fire made it to the front of the hotel and fire crews decide to bring in an excavator to knock down the buildingPhoto: Another shot of the fire at around 7:30pmPhoto: This photo was taken just as the excavator started to knock down the outer walls of the building at approximately 9:30pm.Advertisement Photo: The aftermath….as of Sunday morning this is all the remains of the Fort Hotel. Photo: At 10:30pm Fort St. John Fire Crews continued to battle the blaze.Photo: With the help of the fire, crews were able to knock down the entire buildingPhoto: The east end of the building was still standing at 10:30pm when this photo was taken.Photo: All that stands at 11:30pm as the fire had destroyed almost the entire building.Advertisementlast_img read more

Updated: Highway 29 now open south of Hudson’s Hope

first_imgUPDATE – Highway 29 is now open south of Hudson’s Hope after flooding waters have receded. Highway 29 remains closed south of Chetwynd due to a washout.Original Story:HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Update: Flooding 17 km south of Hudson’s Hope Bridge. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic.- Advertisement -Drivebc.ca issued the notice Friday afternoon. Highway 29 is still closed south of Chetwynd because of a washout. That closure is 13km south of Chetwynd.For more updates on roads in the B.C. Peace, visit www.drivebc.calast_img read more

Putin says World Cup stadiums must not turn into flea markets

first_imgThe money helped pay for the land — but also fed unregulated and crime-driven trade.The authorities tore them down once growth picked up and Moscow acquired Western-style shopping centres.The one in Luzhniki only closed its doors in 2011.Putin told an annual televised phone-in that the World Cup kicking off next Thursday must leave a lasting sports legacy in which the new arenas play an integral part.“I want to address colleagues from the regions — no matter what, you cannot allow these venues to suddenly turn into some sort of markets like those in the mid 1990s,” Putin said.“That is categorically inadmissable.”Russia has spent at least $4 billion (3.4 billion euros) either building or refurbishing 12 arenas in 11 host cities for the month-long celebration of the world’s most popular sport.FIFA boss Giovanni Infantino said in a statement issued by the world football governing body on Wednesday that Russia was “100 percent ready” as hosts.“The whole world will see what a hospitable country Russia is, how well everything is organised,” said Infantino.But the World Cup’s entire budget adds up to more than $13 billion and FIFA is keen to see the investment pay dividends for Russia that make other nations want to stage future tournaments.The question of what happens to the huge arenas after the July 15 final has been hounding Russia since it won the hosting rights over England in 2010.Host city Sochi did not even have a football club until a second division side was moved there this week.Others are home to teams that have not played top flight football for years and draw just a few thousand people on the best of days.The head of Russia’s Premier League has also questioned why organisers decided against fitting the arenas with roofs that make watching games more inviting for fans in colder northern cities.– ‘Children’s sport’ –“We spent a lot of money and we need to make sure that all this infrastructure works first and foremost for the development of sport,” said Putin.“And it has to be popular sport, children’s sport. We have to create children’s and youth teams, leagues and organised competitions.”Putin also stressed that the stadiums have to become “self-sufficient”.Russia had earlier earmarked $190 million to help pay for the their operations over the coming five years.Putin’s plan for using as little of that money as possible included using the space inside the arenas for retail.“A modern stadium is not just a football pitch,” he said.“You can put anything you want there. You can install stores, cafes, restaurants … and special gyms,” said Putin.“Much will depend on regional leaders.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russian President Vladimir Putin says World Cup must leave a sporting legacy for youth built around the new and refurbished stadiums © AFP / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 7 – President Vladimir Putin firmly told regional leaders Thursday not to turn World Cup arenas into flea markets once the football showpiece wraps up next month.Space around stadiums such as Moscow’s Luzhniki became bustling hubs that sold everything from fruit to clothes during Russia’s post-Soviet economic crisis in the 1990s.last_img read more

Gusty winds coming to area

first_imgWith Santa Ana winds expected to return late Friday and continuing today, firefighters are on alert across the Southland. Red Flag warnings for strong, gusting winds and critical fire weather have been issued by the National Weather Service for mountains and passes in six Southern California counties. The warnings are in effect until 6 tonight. Winds were expected to possibly begin gusting in vulnerable areas Friday, said Don Whitlow, an NWS meteorologist based in San Diego. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“The warnings are for the public and for firefighters,” said NWS meteorologist Dave Bruno, based in Oxnard. “Especially for firefighters, so they can anticipate potential problems in specific areas. It’s been so dry, a small spark can ignite a fire in these conditions,” Bruno said. The winds were expected to be strongest and most widespread by late Friday and through this morning, with moderate to locally strong Santa Ana winds at times, according to an NWS statement issued Friday. Winds are expected to be strongest below the Cajon Pass in San Bernardino County and in the Santa Ana mountains and foothills. Fire crews and extra equipment from across the West are in Southern California on standby. In addition to county and state resources, federal assets assigned to be ready for strong winds include 11 air tankers, 18 helicopters, four military C-130s equipped for retardant drops, five lead planes, 170 fire engines, 21 hand crews and three incident management teams, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Los Angeles Fire Department was enforcing parking restrictions for the Hollywood Hills and other fire-prone areas with narrow winding roads, officials said. A Red Flag warning means that critical fire weather – a combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures – conditions are either occurring or will shortly. 160Want 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


first_imgTHE BRITISH investigators who brought crooked criminal Francois de Dietrich to justice are appealing for conned victims to come forward.The Financial Services Authority in the UK has issued a public statement requesting investors to come forward. Donegaldaily understands that this is now the only way people who did give him cash will get their money back.In the statement, the FSA said: “We would like investors who had dealings with Francois de Dietrich or ETIC Solutions Ltd to contact us to provide details of their transactions.“This comes after we obtained a court order freezing their assets and requiring de Dietrich to provide certain information, which he has failed to comply with.“We obtained an order from the High Court in Northern Ireland against de Dietrich and ETIC Solutions Ltd (ETIC) on 27 October 2010, restraining any potential unauthorised activity and freezing ETIC’s and de Dietrich’s assets up to the value of £20.2m. “On 28 January 2011, de Dietrich was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for contempt of court after he failed to disclose the whereabouts of his overseas assets as required by the terms of the High Court order, or respond to our requests for further information.”The statement went on: “Both de Dietrich and ETIC are believed to have been behind an unauthorised investment scheme.“The court order was taken out to preserve the funds and other assets held by de Dietrich and/or ETIC until the court decides whether he has broken the law. The court will also decide how much money, if any, should be returned to investors and other creditors.“Meanwhile, we are continuing our investigation into the activities of de Dietrich and ETIC.”The FSA also provided some answers to investors on whether or not they will get their money backOn this issue, the organisation said: “With the court orders in place, de Dietrich and ETIC may not accept money from, or pay money to, any person as part of the ETIC business. This includes a restriction on paying out funds to investors. “If you paid money to de Dietrich and/or ETIC and they did not have our authorisation to offer financial services, you will not be able to take a complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service or have access to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.”The statement went on: “We need to identify all investors, so if you have not had contact with us about this matter you should call our Contact Centre on 00 44 845 606 1234 or email consumer.queries@fsa.gov.uk. It will help us with this case if you provide your full name, a phone number, postal and email addresses.“Be aware that we are subject to strict statutory obligations of confidentiality, which mean we can only provide certain information to third parties. However, we will provide further updates on this case as soon as possible.”De Dietrich ran a dodgy get-rich-quick scheme – taking millions of euro from 200 investors in Donegal. The scheme was a fraud, designed to con people out of their cash.The Ballybofey businessman has fled Ireland and is now on-the-run from cops throughout Europe.He is believed to be in hiding in Estonia.FRANCOIS INVESTIGATION: REGULATORS APPEAL FOR VICTIMS TO CONTACT THEM was last modified: March 2nd, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Romer reveals reform plan

first_imgAs the state announced Thursday that 14 percent of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Class of 2006 had failed the mandatory exit exam and will not graduate this month, Superintendent Roy Romer unveiled a $36 million program to overhaul some of the district’s lowest-performing high schools. While Romer’s plan has been in the works since September, its release coincides with district efforts to fend off a takeover by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has blasted LAUSD for its high dropout rate and spotty test scores. It would include hiring teachers and counselors and renovating facilities at 17 Los Angeles high schools, none of them in the San Fernando Valley. “There’s a myth out there that we’re not doing anything, (a myth) that the mayor sometimes contributes to. We’re doing a good deal and we’re going to do a good deal more, and that’s showing in our scores,” Romer said in an interview. “It’s a program to jump-start the reform of these schools. … We have to improve the academic performance of these schools. We want them to graduate and to complete the A-G (mandatory college preparatory) curriculum.” The high school program would be funded with state grants and revenue from taxpayer-approved bonds, Romer said. It still must be approved by the LAUSD board. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Romer rejected suggestions that the announcement of the program is the latest salvo in his battle against Villaraigosa for control of the district. “This is not in response to any current activity on anybody’s part,” he said. But a spokeswoman for the mayor credited Villaraigosa with spurring Romer to act. “This is a positive sign from the school district and a clear reflection of Mayor Villaraigosa’s leadership role in the school reform debate,” aide Janelle Erickson said. The reform proposal was announced the day the state released the results of the final exit exam for the 2005-06 school year, revealing that 86 percent of the seniors in LAUSD and more than 90 percent statewide passed both portions of the test. A total of 25,779 LAUSD seniors have passed the test, a 4 percent increase from February, officials said. That leaves 2,564 who still must pass the exam, which tests math skills up to Algebra I and English concepts through the 10th grade. To receive a high school diploma, those students will have to attend summer school and pass the exam when it’s next administered in July, officials said. Also, 664 disabled students are eligible to receive their diplomas based on an exemption, technically raising the district’s pass rate to 88 percent. Nearly two-thirds of those who still failed are Latino. Blacks, students from poor families and English-learners still lag behind their white counterparts, state Schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said at a news conference at John Burroughs High School in Burbank. “There is an achievement gap in California. We know that; we admit that,” O’Connell said. “I welcome the focus, the sunshine and the dialogue that we need to have on the achievement gap.” The updated figures include results from March. More students took the exit exam again in May, but those results won’t be available until July – after public schools hold their graduation ceremonies this spring. LAUSD students who completed other requirements for graduation but failed to pass the exit exam will be allowed to participate in commencement, but will receive a certificate of completion rather than a diploma, officials said. In announcing his plan, Romer said the improvements are designed to help high school students get the skills they need to earn their diplomas. “Every one of these kids we are able to get to will be better-equipped to pass the exit exam and to reduce the dropout rate,” he said. The plan would allocate $16 million to hire more teachers and counselors to decrease class size and improve the quality of instruction. Some $10 million in bond revenue would be spent to upgrade science labs, improve libraries and make other renovations, and another $10 million would be spent to replace aging furniture and make other capital improvements. The amount allocated to each school would be based on enrollment and the level of need, Romer said. The idea is to get a head start on reform efforts Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed to launch during the 2007-08 school year as part of the state’s effort to repay $2.9 billion borrowed from California’s public schools to help solve the budget crisis. “It’s important to see this as accelerating by one year the owed money by the state,” school board member David Tokofsky said. “This is akin to sending Band-Aids to Baghdad..” The new program is designed to help Banning, Belmont, Bell, Crenshaw, Dorsey, Fremont, Garfield, Huntington Park, Jefferson, Jordan, Locke, Los Angeles, Manual Arts, Roosevelt, Santee, Washington Prep and Wilson High schools. Dorsey High Principal George Bartleson said the money will make a big difference at his school. “I’m concerned right now about funding for staff, and this will provide money for additional counselors, lowering class size and improving facilities,” he said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want 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

VIDEO: Cristiano Ronaldo on target as Los Blancos claim LaLiga title

first_img This was just one of many Spanish top flight matches live on talkSPORT 2 1 Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema swept Real Madrid to their first LaLiga title in five years as they cruised to a 2-0 win at Malaga on Sunday night.Needing just a point to confirm the crown in Zinedine Zidane’s first full season in charge, Ronaldo settled any nerves when he fired home with just two minutes on the clock.And Benzema’s second 10 minutes into the second half effectively sealed the title for Real, who still have the Champions League final against Juventus to come.Watch the goals below…last_img read more