Games Relay begins journey through East New Britain

first_imgby Quintina NaimeThe Relay headed out to the old Rabaul town and into Simpson harbour this morning and is now in the Duke of York Islands before a run through Kokopo town this afternoon.The baton arrived in the province yesterday to a massive welcome from the community.It flew into Tokua airport along with the victorious SP Hunters who got the opportunity to get a photo with the baton, and was met at the airport by Governor Eraman ToBaining Jr and  former governor-general Sir Paulius Matane.The baton visited the famous Bitapaka War Cemetery where it was carried in by the caretaker through a guard of honour formed by the local community.Local children then ran a relay with the Baton around the cemetery garden walls.A Tolai youth then took the Baton over his head and took part in the Tolai whip dance initiation with village elders, including Sir Paulias  cracking the cane  whips across his torso.The Relay then drove out to the border of the Pomio District to be escorted across the 30 year old temporary bridge over the Warangoi River.The Pomio community led by new MP Elias Kapabore and two Pomio Tumbuans walked the bridge before handing the Baton back to the Tolai community, accompanied by yet more whip dances.The relay then ended the day at Kalabond Stadium for the Agmark Gurias, visiting team the Snax Tigers and the local crowd to see the Baton.The Relay will spend five days in the province visiting communities, schools and villages.last_img read more

Bruins triumph at BIW tourney

first_imgEven though the Wilson High boys volleyball team has started this season strong, it still hasn’t cracked the CIF rankings. However, after Friday’s performance, Bruins coach Susan Pescar feels they just might. Michael Wilder had nine kills and Sam Morehouse had 27 assists as Wilson defeated Esperanza 26-24, 25-18 in pool play action at the Best of the West Tournament in San Diego. The Aztecs entered the game ranked third in Division I and earlier in the day, the Bruins (3-1) also beat Torrey Pines 25-18, 25-20 and Valencia 25-23, 21-25, 15-13. Baseball Glenn 6, Bell Gardens 2 David Neff and Enrique Medina each hit solo home runs in a four-run seventh inning to lead the Eagles (2-2) at the Montebello Tournament. Jordan 7, Hawthorne 2 Sophomore right-hander Marcos Lara pitched a complete game, striking out a career-high eight batters and senior third baseman Jesse Quintero had a bases loaded double in the sixth inning to drive in two as the Panthers (3-1) defeated the Cougars at the El Segundo Tournament. center_img Boys tennis Downey 13, El Rancho 5 Kevin Tren and Abraham Sandoval each went 3-0 in singles to lead the Vikings (5-2) to a nonleague victory. Downey opens San Gabriel Valley League play at home against Warren on Wednesday. Montclair Prep 10, Valley Christian 8 Junior Jim Homet won two singles sets but it wasn’t enough as the Crusaders (0-2, 0-1) lost to the visiting Mounties in an Alpha League match. The doubles team of Evan Griffiths and Zackary Hartley also won two sets for Valley Christian. Poly 11, Chadwick 7 Freshman Kyle Kinney and senior Nathan Bowers each won two singles sets to help the Jackrabbits (1-4) beat the host Dolphins in a nonleague match. Girls swimming Poly 129, Bolsa Grande 24 Elisabeth Sanger and Adele Young each won twice for the Jackrabbits (3-0) in new events. Sanger won the 200 IM (2:34.27) and the 100 breaststroke (1:27.26) and swam on two winning relays. Young won the 200 freestyle (2:11.25) and the 500 free (6:00.89). Boys swimming Poly 133, Bolsa Grande 31 Seniors Julian Callanta, Junewon Lee and junior Brian Johnston each won two events to help the Jackrabbits (2-1) beat the visiting Matadors in a nonleague meet. 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

TSA fails to spot 75% of fake explosives in drills

first_img“We understand how the TSA’s aggressive and increasingly difficult testing program identifies vulnerable areas and results in a safer aviation system,” one official said. Dave Stone, the former federal security director at LAX and one-time head of the TSA, said that LAX is vulnerable because of its size. Aside from passengers, screeners check more than 150,000 pieces of baggage daily, by far the most in the nation. “The testing program should be designed to break the system,” Stone said. “I spent a lot of time trying to have testing scenarios that exploit the vulnerability and gaps that we had at the passenger checkpoint. So therefore you would have failure rates that were relatively high.” Jack Keady, a Playa del Rey-based aviation consultant, questioned the TSA’s training method. “If you make anything innocuous-looking enough, you can usually get by,” Keady said. “Because the only screening method they have is looking through the TV screen.” He suggested that random searches may be one of the best ways to catch terrorists. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It takes real skill to look and find that,” he said. “This is an extreme effort on our part to keep our people up to date on the threats and how to thwart those threats.” The TSA does about 20,000 tests a week nationwide, meaning each of its 43,000 employees, including 2,000 at LAX, get tested about every two weeks. Based on the LAX test results from two years ago, Melendez said the amount of training screeners get increased from three to four hours per week, with a focus on detecting homemade bombs. Screeners who consistently do poorly on tests are removed from duty and put into remedial training until their ability to spot possible threats improve. Repeat trips to retraining sessions can go on their record and is considered during their annual recertification process. Airport officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said the report did not alarm them. Transportation Security Administration screeners at LAX failed to notice 75 percent of fake bombs and explosives that passed through the airport during unannounced drills. By comparison, screeners at San Francisco International missed 20 percent of the would-be bombs and, at Chicago’s O’Hare International, 60 percent of the fake explosives were unnoticed. TSA officials would not confirm or deny details of the report, but defended the screeners, saying the tests were done two years ago and designed to fool security personnel. Whenever the so-called pass rate gets too high, the TSA revise the tests to make them more difficult, using different devices, the TSA’s local spokesman, Nico Melendez, said. “People have the misconception that these are like sticks of dynamite,” he said. “These are more like caps on a pen … a piece of metal with a wire in it. last_img read more

1970 FA Cup final hero says Conte has ‘reinvigorated’ Chelsea’s ‘stale’ talents

first_imgAntonio Conte has managed to get the best out of Chelsea’s ‘stale’ talents to return them to the pinnacle of English football, according to Blues hero David Webb.Webb, part of the successful Chelsea team of the early 1970s, spoke to talkSPORT ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final to relive his experience in the 1970 final – and offer his thoughts on the Blues’ current campaign.And while the majority have been praising head coach Conte for his decision to switch from Chelsea’s back-four to a three at the back system, Webb believes that has had little impact on their success this year.In fact, Webb claims recruitment is the only thing that matters, and that having the best players performing to the best of their abilities is the way to build a winning team.This is where Conte deserves praise, according to the 71-year-old, as he has ‘reinvigorated’ the Chelsea players who became ‘stale’ under the previous regime.Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Webb – who scored the winning goal in the 1970 FA Cup final replay – said: “With respect to all of them, there are some fantastic managers and people say they’ve come up with these different systems of play.“It’s only about recruitment; it’s only about the players.“If you can get the best players to play at the best of their ability – then you can ask for no more.“And to be fair, Chelsea have some marvellous talents.“Sometimes with talent, as you know, it can go a bit stale and someone else comes along and reinvigorates it. That’s what has happened at Chelsea.”SEE ALSO: FA Cup final on May 27, 2017 – Arsenal v Chelsea live stream: How can I watch and listen to the game?With the buying and selling of players so important, Webb feels the one man who deserves accolades is owner Roman Abramovich, who has invested heavily in the club since taking control in 2003.“The guy who needs a lot of accolades is the guy who owns it,” Webb added.“I mean, who’d ever have thought in their wildest dreams somebody could throw that amount of money at a football club and never stop throwing it at it if it needs to be done?“He’s pushed Chelsea up there.”last_img read more

House-hunting on a budget in Donegal? This new TV series wants you

first_imgDonegal house hunters are being invited to apply for an upcoming property series.The RTE series will feature Irish Instagram sensation Maggie Molloy of @cheapirishhouse, who is taking her property hunting skills to the next level by helping singles/couples/families who may be struggling to get on the property ladder.Maggie bought her own house, which has 9 outbuildings and an acre of land, for an incredible €80k euros. Her mortgage is less than €300 euros a month. That’s just €10 a day! People just couldn’t believe her story so Maggie started her Instagram account @cheapirishhouses less than a year ago to help others find similar property bargains. Today she has nearly 30k followers and counting. Fascinating hidden gems in Donegal are often featured among her finds. In the upcoming series, by Cameo Productions, Maggie will use her house hunting skills to help buyers own their very own piece of the Irish countryside.  Maggie is looking for buyers with an open mind who are not afraid of a bit of work. In return she will reveal the kind of properties people would never have thought were within their reach. Properties oozing with charm, in picturesque locations, with plenty of outdoor space. All at jaw dropping prices. Bargain house hunters can apply for the programme here:  House-hunting on a budget in Donegal? This new TV series wants you was last modified: November 24th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

AVB plans ‘huge gamble on Terry’

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas is reportedly preparing to take a huge gamble on John Terry and play him against Napoli.Terry is a major doubt for the Champions League encounter because of a knee problem that has kept him out of his team’s last four matches.Will Terry face Napoli?But the Daily Mirror believe the under-pressure Villas-Boas knows his job as Chelsea boss is on the line and is minded to risk Terry for the game – especially given that Napoli have a dangerous forward line of Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edinson Cavani.The Daily Telegraph also suggest AVB may risk Terry against Cavani and co because he desperately needs the England defender’s experience in such an important game.The Daily Star say AVB will turn to his ‘old guard’ by including Terry, Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba.And The Sun declare that Chelsea will ‘say RIP to AVB’ if they lose in Naples, with owner Roman Abramovich said to be ready to axe the 34-year-old.Meanwhile, the Mirror report that Neil Warnock plans to raid his old club for coach Ronnie Jepson.Jepson remained at QPR after the club’s recent sacking of Warnock, who took over at Elland Road last week.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Former Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald dies

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLongtime broadcaster Hank Greenwald, whose superb wit and captivating calls kept things entertaining during a rough era for the Giants, died Monday at 83.Known for his low-key humor and vivid accounts of the drama, Greenwald was a fan-favorite over two stints with the team — no matter the results on the field.“He may have been the greatest ‘bad team’ broadcaster of all-time,” said Ken Korach, the A’s radio man and …last_img read more

Tendulkar is by far the best batsman of his era: Lara

first_imgSachin Tendulkar is by far the best batsman of his era, according to West Indies’ batting legend Brian Lara who said it was an “honour” to rub shoulders with the champion Indian batsman during his playing days.Sachin Tendulkar”Tendulkar is the best batsman of the world,” Lara said on the sidelines of a cricket clinic at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here on Tuesday.Asked if it was Tendulkar or Don Bradman, Lara added, “Respect his average (of 99.96) but haven’t seen the Don batting. And making comparison is very difficult for all of us.””It’s an honour to be talked about in the same breath, and to have rubbed shoulders with him during my playing days,” There is no superlative for Sachin,” Lara said.For over a decade, the world watched in awe as Tendulkar and Lara rewrote records after records.Asked if an Indian victory in the upcoming World Cup would make Tendulkar bigger than him, Lara said, “It doesn’t really matter. The records he has set, I don’t think they are going to be surpassed.”Lara also believed that Tendulkar could one day surpass the West Indian’s world record Test score of 400 not out. “It will soon be broken. I think Sachin is there, and there is Sehwag, Gayle; they may have the opportunities and they are all very attacking players. The top three in the batting order have the best chance,” Lara said.With cricket becoming more and more competitive, Lara said that the era of invincibility doesn’t exist anymore. “You can’t really tell who is number one now,” he said.advertisement”Ashes shows every country will have their time. It’s going to be very competitive. Sports is a cycle. West Indies had their team, we were an invincible team once. Then Australia dominated for a long while. Now, the time of invincibility has gone,” the stylish left-hander said.Lara was full of praise for the current Indian team, ranked number one in Tests and two in ODIs.”Indians are producing results we were not accustomed to. They have been on the top of their game, they will be a very tough team to beat (in the World Cup). They have a well-balanced team that can compete with anyone in the world,” he said.Talking about India’s tradition of producing quality batsmen, Lara said, “India batting has always been very good.The likes of (Mohammad) Azharuddin, Ravi Shastri, Navjot Singh (Siddhu), (Sanjay) Manjrekar, there were also world class batsmen, and Sachin was also there.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Wrestlers Sachin Rathi, Deepak Punia win gold in Junior Asian Championships

first_imgIndian wrestlers Sachin Rathi and Deepak Punia bagged gold medals at the junior Asian Championships on Sunday in New Delhi. In the 74kg category final of freestyle wrestling, Sachin defeated Mongolia’s Bat-Erdene Byambasuren by Victory by Fall (VFA).On the way to the final, Sachin had defeated Ali Bakhtiar Savadkouhi of Iran in the semi-final, Bekzhan Kamchybekov of Kazakhstan in the quarter-final and Chiranuwat Chamnanjan in the qualification.Deepak Punia, on the other hand, won the gold medal in the 86kg category by defeating Azat Gajyyev of Turkmenistan 10-0.Deepak’s road to the gold medal was as follows:Deepak beat Japan’s Kairi Yagi 16-6 in semi-finalDeepak defeated Daniyar Meldebek of Kazakhstan 11-0 in quarter-finalDeepak advanced from qualification with a 4-0 win over Seyedsajjad Seyedmehdi Seyedi of IranDeepak Punia wins GOLD in 86kgs men’s freestyle at Junior Asian Wrestling Championship in Delhi .Dominant performance by Deepak winning the final bout against A. Gajyyev of Turkmenistan 10-0OGQ is very proud to support Deepak! (@OGQ_India) July 22, 2018Apart from Sachin and Deepak winning the gold medal, three other wrestlers settled for silver.In the 57kg category, Naveen lost to Uzbekistan’s Gulomjon Abdullaev 7-1, Vishal Kaliramana lost to Iran’s Amirhossein Morteza Gholi Kavousi 10-7 in the 70kg category and Sachin Giri lost to Sajjad Saberali Gholami of Iran 10-0 in the 79kg category.Three wrestlers settled for Bronze at the wrestling Junior Asian Championships.Mohit beat Bat Erdene Erdenebaatar of Mongolia 10-0 in the 124kg category to win Bronze, Suraj Rajkumar Kokate defeated Japan’s Yuto Tsuchiya to bag bronze in the 61kg category and Karan beat Perman Hommadov of Turkmenistan in the 65kg category.advertisementlast_img read more

Golar LNG Secures Deals for Another FLNG Project

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Gimi MS Corporation, a newly incorporated subsidiary of LNG shipping firm Golar LNG Limited, has entered into a 20-year lease and operate agreement (LOA) with BP for the charter of an FLNG unit, Gimi.Expected to commence production in 2022, the FLNG unit will liquefy gas as part of the first phase of the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project and be located on the Mauritania and Senegal maritime border.FLNG Gimi is designed to produce an average of approximately 2.5 million tons of LNG per annum, with the total gas resources in the field estimated to be around 15 trillion cubic feet.Concurrent with its entry into the LOA, Gimi MS has entered into a subscription agreement — subject to closing conditions — with First FLNG Holdings, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Keppel Capital, in respect of their participation in a 30% share of FLNG Gimi.As informed, Gimi MS will construct, own and operate FLNG Gimi and First FLNG Holdings will subscribe for 30% of the total issued ordinary share capital of Gimi MS for a subscription price equivalent to 30% of the project cost.Construction of FLNG Gimi is expected to cost approximately USD 1.3 billion, excluding financing costs.Keppel and Golar have previously partnered on the FLNG Hilli Episeyo, the world’s first FLNG conversion project, which has been a successful proof of concept as a quick and cost-efficient solution for monetizing stranded gas reserves. Hilli Episeyo has maintained 100% uptime since commencing commercial operations in June 2018 and consistently despatched two LNG cargoes each month.“The potential of Golar’s floating LNG solution was reinforced by FLNG Hilli Episeyo’s proof of concept, Heads of Terms were agreed with BP and its partners in April 2018 and work has been ongoing via the previously reported Limited Notice to Proceed,” Iain Ross, Golar CEO, said.“We are pleased to further strengthen Keppel’s relationship with Golar in capturing growing opportunities in the LNG space. This transaction reflects Keppel’s confidence in the prospects of the FLNG sector,” Loh Chin Hua, CEO of Keppel Corporation, commented.“The Gimi investment can also be a seed asset for a possible infrastructure fund managed by Keppel Capital in the future. After the asset has been completed and de-risked, the 30% interest may be injected into Keppel Infrastructure Trust,” he continued.With the funds from the subscription of shares by its shareholders, Gimi MS will acquire and own the Moss LNG carrier Gimi which will be converted into an FLNG vessel by Keppel Shipyard.In December 2018, Keppel Shipyard received the limited notice to proceed from Golar to commence early conversion works. The carrier has been relocated from layup to Keppel Shipyard in Singapore where conversion works will soon start.Related:Golar LNG Moves Ahead with Another LNGC Conversion at Keppellast_img read more