PNG misses out on gold play off in women’s volleyball

first_imgThe visitors played hard to save themselves, making a comeback winning the third set 21-25 boosted with great sets, hits and ball placement. It was a tough encounter in the early stages of the match with American Samoa winning the first set 25-14 but PNG bounced back to take out the second set 27-25. American Samoa maintained the lead in the fourth set to win 25-17. The home side was defeated by American Samoa 3-1 to settle for the bronze play off on Saturday. PNG will face New Caledonia in the bronze play off while American Samoa has scored a place in the gold play off.last_img

Mathews: Ohara would run

first_imgThe British rivals have been trading insults on Twitter and could settle their social media feud in the coming months, with Mathews happy to move up to super-lightweight to face Davies.With 11 knockouts in 14 wins, the unbeaten Davies has vowed to settle their differences with another explosive victory, but Mathews insists the 24-year-old will go into survival mode once they start trading punches.”I think once he felt the power of me, he would run away,” said the Liverpudlian. “He would feel how hard I hit and I think he wouldn’t come near me, if I’m honest.”He’s saying all this stuff on social media – it wouldn’t last so many rounds, blah, blah, blah. I’m here to fight, so if they want to get it on, they know what they’ve got to do. Speak to my manager.”Davies boosted his position in the rankings by collecting the WBC ‘silver’ title with a shutout points win over Andrea Scarpa in November.But the vastly experienced Mathews holds victories over the likes of former world champion Anthony Crolla and Tommy Coyle during his 51-fight career, and believes he is too much of a step-up in class for Davies.”He won the fight, there is no knocking that, he’s the WBC silver champion,” said Mathews, a former world title challenger.”He gets lot of respect from me for getting in the ring, but the way he’s been carrying on with social media, it’s bad.”He beat Scarpa and I don’t think he had a good night. I thought he was terrible. If he turns up like that against me, he will be in deep waters.”They are all having a go. I think he’s trying to raise his profile. The cast of TOWIE are having a tweet at me, having a go at me. If they want the fight, they know what they’ve got to do, it’s not hard.”last_img read more

Keep calm – Ranieri warns Leicester

first_imgLONDON (AP):Claudio Ranieri shed his coy and cautious demeanour yesterday to flaunt his euphoria about Leicester being on the brink of the Premier League title in the most stunning season in the club’s 132-year history.Breaking the habit of a season, when Ranieri has mostly restricted himself to prioritising top flight survival, the manger finally publicly acknowledged the target is delivering the title.With 12 points to play for, Leicester have a five-point lead over Tottenham as they looks to collect the biggest prize in English football for the first time.The pursuit of the title has overshadowed the landmark already achieved: steering Leicester into the Champions League for the first time by securing a top-three finish.”Hey man, we are in Champions League!” Ranieri said at a giddy news conference appearance at the central England club. “Dilly-ding, dilly-dong, come on! You forget.”You speak about blah, blah, blah, but we are in Champions League! Come on man!”Leicester’s hierarchy were mocked for hiring Ranieri last July having only just avoided relegation from world football’s richest league.The 64-year-old Italian had been out of work for almost a year after being fired by Greece for making a wretched start to European Championship qualifying.And he hadn’t coached in England for 11 years since being fired by Chelsea. Now Ranieri’s team is a staggering 29 points ahead of defending champion Chelsea, with the two teams meeting in the last round.”Fantastic, fantastic. Terrific. Well done. Well done to everybody,” Ranieri said. “The owners, the fans, to the players, the staff, everybody … it’s a great achievement, great achievement. Unbelievable. And now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes. Yes man!”Amid the unusual expressiveness, Ranieri still had a serious message for his players: “Keep calm.”One key player will be missing this weekend: top scorer Jamie Vardy. The 22-goal striker is banned for tomorrow’s visit of Swansea and is waiting to discover if the suspension will be extended after admitting that his conduct toward the referee was improper after being sent off in last Sunday’s draw with West Ham.”Now we go straight away to try to win the title. Yes man, only this remains,” Ranieri said. “I talk to my players, ‘Come on, now is the right moment to push’.”I always believe. I am a positive man. If Tottenham go above us, congratulations, but I prefer to be five points ahead.”last_img read more

When is Manny Pacquiao fighting?

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES The respected boxing critic and scholar Paul Magno has surmised Pacquiao is now the boxing equivalent of the fat Elvis Presley in Las Vegas.“For all intents and purposes, Manny Pacquiao is now in the fat Elvis Presley period in Las Vegas. The question of whether Pacquiao is still among the elite welterweight in the world is up for debate. Instead, Team Pacquiao, guided by Bob Arum, has focused on Manny as a novelty icon—a draw to longtime loyalists and, if Arum gets his way, a piggyback ride for in-house up-and-coming-fighters,” Magno explains.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Elorde stakes WBO crown versus Thai Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacquiao responded by saying he would be very delighted to clash with Argentine punching machine Lucas Matthysse, instead of the banged-up Mike Alvarado. Matthysse is reigning WBA welterweight champion.Bob Arum cried no way: Pacquiao-Matthysse could happen, but not anytime soon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSo what is Pacquiao doing?The other day, he was reported doing the political rounds, bringing help and hope to aggrieved countrymen. He also appeared deeply involved nursing and expanding the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), his newest sports baby. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Manny Pacquiao. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netIf he’s indeed fighting on April 14, as offered by Bob Arum, shouldn’t Manny Pacquiao be back training by now, or hitting the road last week yet?Top Rank announced it has scheduled a Pacquiao bout for April, side-by-side with the WBO welterweight championship between title defender Jeff Horn of Australia and the unbeaten Terence Crawford from Nebraska.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award If Pacquiao would agree to fight in April, time would be of the essence. March is around the corner, and before we know it, Pacquiao would be left with only a month to work and be fit for a stellar performance.Maybe he could afford to take it easy. In fact, Alvarado, a former world titlist who’s openly considered busted ring material, is being trumpeted as top prospect for Pacquiao’s first knockout victim since 2009.Pacquiao could just cram and instantly declare readiness to do battle and go for a KO?Fact is Bob Arum is himself uncertain about Pacquiao’s exact plan.The best the Top Rank CEO could do was announce Pacquiao could fight a truly big fight by November, either against Vasyl Lomachenko or Crawford.Of course, there are many experts and fans who wonder if Pacquiao has enough left in him to wage great battle.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

PPP mourns the passing of Cyril Belgrave

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party announces, with great sadness, the passing of one of its leaders, Cyril Belgrave, CCH, on Thursday in New York, USA.Cyril BelgraveThe PPP expresses its deepest condolences to the family and relatives of Cyril Belgrave and the members of the PPP family who knew and loved this friendly and humble leader.Cyril Belgrave was a long-standing and loyal member and leader of the Party dating back to the 1950s.Unquestionably a fighter for the working man and woman, as a stevedore, he joined the trade union movement and became a well-respected trade unionist in the Guyana Labour Union, becoming its President in 1984.In the 1960s, during the long strikes engineered to bring down the democratically-elected PPP Government, Belgrave and many stalwarts of the PPP, such as Shirley Edwards, Philomena Sahoye-Shury and others, at great sacrifice, guarded the Guyana Power Company and the wharves when they came under threat by the People’s National Congress.Brave and disciplined, he remained loyal to the People’s Progressive Party throughout his more than six decades of membership right up to his passing. Ill health led him to live overseas but his heart remained always in Guyana and up to his passing, he was anxious to be kept abreast as to what was happening and when elections would be held next year.He joined the Pioneer Youth League, the precursor to the Progressive Youth Organization, in 1955. He joined the PPP and was elected repeatedly to the Central Committee of the party for over 50 years and was a Member of Parliament for over three decades (1976-2006) and a member of several parliamentary committees, including the Public Accounts Committee. He also served on the Georgetown City Council from 1970-76.As a patriot who fought for Guyana’s independence and the restoration of democracy, in 1992, Cyril Belgrave was given the Cacique Crown of Honour, the CCH by President Dr Cheddi Jagan, in recognition of his bravery and commitment to the people of Guyana.The PPP has stood as a strong and relevant party for 69 years for all the people of Guyana because of men and women members and leaders like Cyril Belgrave who remained committed to the vision of a united, modern and democratic Guyana.At a later time, the Party will hold a more fitting tribute to celebrate and honour the life and contributions of Cyril Belgrave— a dedicated Guyanese and leader of the Party.last_img read more

Tottenham star suffers suffers suspected broken arm on international duty

first_imgTottenham forward Heung-Min Son came off with a suspected broken arm during South Korea’s 3-2 World Cup qualification defeat to Qatar on Tuesday.Son was substituted in the 34th minute in Doha after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge with Qatar’s Mohammed Musa.The 24-year-old was left clutching his lower right forearm and looked in serious pain as he was then escorted off the pitch.Tottenham are yet to learn the full extent of Son’s injury from South Korea’s medical staff but he is unlikely to be available for the start of Mauricio Pochettino’s pre-season on July 3.Son was due to be given extra time off anyway given his involvement in international fixtures but would have been expected to join up in time for the club’s 10-day tour of America at the end of next month.Any sustained absence will come as a blow to both club and country after Son scored 21 goals for Spurs last season.He also has 17 in 54 matches for South Korea, who face a scrap to qualify automatically from Group A for the World Cup next year.They sit second but only one point ahead of Uzbekistan in third, with a crunch match at home to front-runners Iran up next on August 30.Finishing third would only be enough to secure a spot in the play-offs. Son Heung-min was injured during a World Cup 2018 Asia qualifyingmatch between Qatar and South Korea 1last_img read more

DDTV: WATCH MOJO GOGO’S STUNNING NEW VIDEO ‘BUILD IT UP’

first_imgDONEGAL rockers Mojo GoGo have really done it this time, with a stunning new song and video. Close your eyes as you listen to ‘Build It Up’ and you’d have thought Thin Lizzy had been reincarnated with a new modern feel.The band – Singer, Niki Pollock and guitarist, Paul Rogers are both from Dungloe while drummer, Jordan Carty and bassist, Keelin Gallagher are from Donegal Town and Dunkineely respectively – have already rocked some of the country’s top venues.Click to play – and share on Facebook and Twitter. It really is a stunning single.  DDTV: WATCH MOJO GOGO’S STUNNING NEW VIDEO ‘BUILD IT UP’ was last modified: June 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: WATCH MOJO GOGO’S STUNNING NEW VIDEO ‘BUILD IT UP’last_img read more

Oliver Awards honours South Africa’s black business leaders

first_imgNceba Ndzwayiba and Ramasela Mokonyama collected the Diversity Award on behalf of Netcare Limited. (Images: topco.co.za) • Edna Hamilton Events Manager Top Media and Communications +27 86 000 9590 edna.hamilton@topco.co.za • Maverick Awards to recognise under-35 business genius • Ugandan entrepreneur looks after women and girls • South Africa shines at 2010 SEED Awards • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • The DTI spotlights small tech businessesStaff writerThe Oliver Transformation and Empowerment Awards announced its 2014 winners at a black-tie event at Emperors Palace on 25 April. Attended by South Africa’s private and public sector who’s who, and three Rivonia Trialists: Andrew Mlangeni, Denis Goldberg and Ahmed Kathrada, the 13th annual Oliver Empowerment Awards honoured “organisations and individuals powering transformation in South Africa” and this year, celebrated 20 years of democracy. The awards recognise “companies and individuals excelling in job creation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development in the public and private sectors”.The event also celebrated the launch of South Africa 20 Years of Success: Business & Government, a commemorative book produced by Topco Media with the support of the Department of Arts and Culture. Topco Media organised the awards.Oliver Empowerment Awards winnersLeading the individual award category was Future Black Leader Simphiwe Xulu. Judges praised the Mhlathuze Water operations manager for her “value-centric leadership style”, which they said “consistently delivers business results through empowering people”.Top Black Male Leader of the Year was Sizwe Nxasana, FirstRand Group CEO, with the Top Black Female Leader of the Year award going to Boniswa Corporate Solutions CEO Lynette Magasa.In the organisational category, Eskom Holdings emerged as a multiple award winner, taking the Socio-Economic Development Award as well as the Enterprise & Supplier Development Award, in recognition of its “investment in the economic sustainability of emerging business partners”.Volkswagen was honoured with the Skills Development Award for its highly integrated development programmes that judges said “place continuous learning at the heart of the organisation”.Celebrating 20 years of democracyThe event also paid tribute to the anti-apartheid activists who attended the event, awarding Lifetime Achievement awards to Mlangeni, Goldberg and Kathrada, who, along with Nelson Mandela, faced charges of, among others, sabotage and treason, in the 1963 to 1964 Rivonia Trial.“Fifty years ago, these men stood on trial for equality, becoming one of the main links in our history that brought democracy and equal opportunities to South Africa. We wanted to recognise that, and their contribution towards SA business,” said Ralf Fletcher, CEO at Topco Media.“The culmination of these was a reflection of the opportunities that are today available to all South Africans, but were not always possible in the past.“We are celebrating 20 years of democracy this year, but it’s also 20 years of success in black business. These winners made a mammoth contribution to that. But transformation is a journey; it doesn’t stop, and it’s something that can always be improved,” said Fletcher.Honours were also awarded to leaders in the health, education and rural development sectors.Empowering leadership and innovationThe Oliver Empowerment Awards are South Africa’s “premier awards for leadership and innovation in empowerment and transformation”.According to Fletcher the awards have created a legacy of inspiration for the country’s business elite. The awards aim to identify organisations and business leaders “creating a culture of entrepreneurship, developing best practices and carving out powerful and sustainable models of business for empowerment and transformation within South African business”.Fletcher said, “The individuals here, tonight, are the driving force of South Africa’s successes. We are all here to do business together. South Africa’s business and government leaders have been instrumental in moulding the country into what it is today; a shining example to the world.”Miller Matola, CEO at Brand South Africa, said, “Leaders are forged by circumstances and each of us has to play our part. We need to build a brand nation.” He added that South Africans must build the country’s reputation and rise above difficult circumstances. Philile Dlamini and Bilquees Mahmood accepted the Socio-Economic Development Award on behalf of Eskom Holdings.What makes an Oliver Empowerment Award Winner?Nominees had to demonstrate an average annual revenue of more than R35-million, hold a valid, South African National Accreditation System-approved Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) certificate and prove the successful implementation of effective B-BBEE policies and measurement mechanisms.The criteria provided a comprehensive look at the level of empowerment amongst these companies, a requirement that sets the awards apart, said Fletcher.“By unpacking what they are doing and why they are doing it, the focus on how nominees demonstrate the effect of their empowerment programme is what really differentiates us from other awards,” he said.The Oliver Empowerment Awards winnersAccording to Fletcher, “The quality of applications this year was remarkable. We had some big multinationals up against some of our South African JSE [Johannesburg Stock Exchange] companies, so those being nominated were really our head and shoulders in business.“The winners represented a pool of local and multinational entrants who demonstrated the highest calibre of SA businesses.”The results, which recognised 20 companies and individuals, were audited by black-owned auditing firm SekelaXabiso, which also sponsored the Enterprise & Supplier Development Award.The judges, selected based on their “contribution to a culture of entrepreneurship, best practices and sustainable models of business transformation”, included Matola, Microsoft South Africa CEO Mteto Nyati, Government Communications Information Services Chief Director Donald Liphoko, South African Bureau of Standards CEO Bonakele Mehlomakulu, and Gauteng Growth Development Agency CEO Siphiwe Ngwenya.Get the full winners’ list here.last_img read more

Canada Launches Net-Zero Project

first_imgIn Canada, private and public interests are working on a common problem: How to build net-zero energy housing that average homebuyers can afford.Asked by officials in the government’s ecoEnergy Innovation Initiative for some new ideas on how to encourage energy efficient building, a company called buildABILITY Corp. put together a program in which five separate builders were invited to tackle the net-zero problem in whatever way they chose. As a result, single-family homes and condominiums are going up in five cities in four provinces as builders work with their own consultants to produce affordable net-zero energy houses in their respective markets.Natural Resources Canada chipped in $2 million from the national $278 million ecoEnergy program. (All costs in this article are in Canadian dollars.)Owens Corning Canada provided insulation products for free, and builders themselves came up with in-kind contributions that equaled the government’s ante, says buildABILITY president Michael Lio. The net-zero houses, all of which must be completed by next March, will be sold privately after the government double-checks to make sure they really will produce as much energy as they use.The larger goal of the Owens Corning Net Zero Housing Community Project is to help production builders figure out how net-zero building practices can become part of their regular repertoires.“We’ve been talking about it for a long time,” Lio said recently. “There have been lots of net-zero buildings that have been constructed both in the U.S. and in Canada, but there haven’t been many activities that focused on production builders, and even fewer on affordability. So at the heart of this project is to work with large production tract builders to bring them to net-zero and have them change net-zero so it’s more affordable for their customers, to simplify it and drop it into their assembly-line processes.” Builders find common groundBuilders are working independently. There’s no central agency directing their work, and there’s no common script they have to follow. Even so, Lio says, builders have settled on very similar approaches. “The technologies are off the shelf,” he says, “very accessible.”Some of the common building characteristics:Grid-tied photovoltaic systems for on-site renewable energy, with arrays averaging about 10 kilowatts.Exterior walls with R-values between 38 and 44. Wood-framed walls have cavity insulation of fiberglass batts and an exterior wrap of extruded polystyrene rigid insulation between 2 and 3 inches thick.Airtightness, measured with a blower door, of 1.5 air changes per hour, or lower, at a pressure difference of 50 pascals.Triple-pane windows.Although some builders have chosen small-output furnaces, many others are using cold-climate air-source heat pumps.Heat pump water heaters.Interior polyethylene vapor barriers.Attics insulated with batts or blown in fiberglass to a range of R-50 to R-70. Roof framing consists of raised-heel trusses that allow extra insulation above perimeter walls.Lio says the units have fairly small heating loads (most of the projects are located in Climate Zone 6). Half the 10 kW output of the PV arrays are on average used for base electric loads, Lio says, with one quarter devoted to space heating and the balance to domestic hot water.Builders will sell the houses at market rates, Lio says, but because of program restraints they won’t be allowed to make a profit on building components that contribute to net-zero operation. Construction costs are similarA total of 26 housing units are underway, ranging from one-bedroom condos to single-family houses. Floor areas run from 750 to 3,000 square feet. They’re being constructed in Laval, Quebec; the Ottawa suburb of Kanata; Calgary, Alberta; Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Guelph, Ontario, just to the west of Toronto. Lio says land prices vary widely, but construction costs are similar across the country. Single-family houses will probably be listed in the $500,000 range.The incremental cost of getting to net-zero on a single-family is looking like $60,000 to $80,000, Lio says, a 12% to 16% premium over the cost of a conventional house. Lio says it’s too soon to know whether Canadian homebuyers will be willing to pay it.“I think that as a full-on market initiative, we’re really early,” Lio says. “I suspect there will be some homebuyers who have an eye on innovation, who want to be the very first to adopt a particular technology and will certainly buy these houses.“We’ve seen dramatic shifts in the pricing on some of these systems, particularly on-site generation, and as some of these systems become even more affordable and builders start to adopt the technology in volume, then it would be appropriate to have a conversation about what the market would bear. Right now, it’s conjecture. Prices are high, numbers are low, and it’s really unfair to talk about would someone be willing to dish out $80,000.”center_img Building on a Canadian traditionCanada has a long history of high-performance building and introduced its R-2000 program in the early 1980s. As Lio points out, standards typically become more demanding as time passes.“The R-2000 is in many regards the springboard for these net-zero houses,” he says. “R-2000 is an energy standard but it doesn’t include on-site generation. These net-zero houses not only demonstrate the new type of energy efficiency that’s embedded in the R-2000 standard but it takes that next leap and embeds on no-site renewables.“That’s the real difference,” he adds. “It’s a continuum. We’ve been at it for a long time and we’ve made lot of mistakes along the way, but it’s pretty obvious that there’s this continuum and these programs that are voluntary eventually become the stuff of code minimums.”last_img read more

Former SL cricketer Aravinda de Silva emphasizes on making Sehwag bowl more

first_imgEvery cricket fan remembers Aravinda de Silva for being arguably the greatest batsman Sri Lanka ever produced.He didn’t have the leadership qualities of Arjuna Ranatunga, the fear factor of Sanath Jayasuriya, the mental fortitude of Kumar Sangakkara or the natural class of Mahela Jayawardene, but his tenacity and allround strokeplay was pivotal in the development of the country’s cricket.The less memorable aspect of de Silva’s career was his handy part-time off-spin, with which he claimed 135 international victims- 29 in 93 Tests and 106 in 308 One Day Internationals.And the 46-year-old legend has a word of advice for India- start using Virender Sehwag’s off-breaks more often. “I don’t know the reason I don’t see him bowling his off-breaks more often. Sehwag is more than a handy off-spinner.The advantage to have a bowler like Sehwag is that he does not think like a part-timer. He is someone who thinks like a specialist off-spinner,  which is very important,” de Silva said when asked about Sehwag’s utility to the Indian team, amidst the debate over his batting form.Asked why India should use Sehwag, de Silva, a great player of spin bowling, bluntly replied, “I have not seen the Indian spinners try out different things. I felt that they were pretty flat and against sides which have good players of spin, this will be a problem.The Indian bowling attack does not have much variation in either spin or pace. On Sri Lankan pitches which are slow and offer some turn, one needs to mix it up. Whatever I have seen so far in this tournament, the Indian bowling attack seems to be weak.”advertisementSo which team is he backing to lift the World Twenty20 trophy? “Sri Lanka are one of the top contenders,” said de Silva, who was man of the match  for his century when Sri Lanka beat Australia in the 1996 ODI World Cup final in Lahore.The key for the hosts, according to de Silva, will be Ajantha Mendis. “Ajantha is fresh in his mind after his comeback (from injury), and that is the reason for his success. If one analyses Ajantha’s international track record, only the Indians have been able to read him well.Any batsman who plays Ajantha for the first time will find him difficult to negotiate,” he said. De Silva left the game after the 2003 World Cup.He believes in the case of players like his contemporary Sachin Tendulkar, it is the state of the body not the age that should determine the time of retirement. “Retirement is an individual decision and Sachin has the right to decide about his future.The decision does not depend on age but more on how your body responds to rigours of international cricket at that point of time,” de Silva said.last_img read more