Mini Games in Vanuatu on track

first_imgRNZ reports the assurance was given by China’s ambassador to Vanuatu, Liu Quan, when he met the prime minister Charlot Salwai, the minister of sports Jack Norris and senior government officials at the construction site.Mr Salwai’s delegation heard from the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) construction company that work will be completed in October next year.Currently, the CCECC employs 30 ni-Vanuatu but the number is expected to reach 80.Mr Salwai thanked the government and the people of China for their contribution to the development of Vanuatu.China is currently building roads on the islands of Tanna and Malekula and the main wharf of the northern town, Luganville.In Port Vila, China is currently building the new office of the prime minister and Malapoa College.Mini Games head says Vanuatu committed to successful eventThe head of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games said the Vanuatu government is 100 percent behind them 15 months out from competition.Multiple changes in government had caused issues in the past before Prime Minister Charlot Salwai publicly confirmed their commitment to hosting at the Pacific Games Council’s General Assembly in May.Mini Games CEO Clint Flood said the government has had challenges in recent years with Cyclone Pam so committing to the event was a big decision.”Making an investment that they need to do in the Games is a big decision and I think that was something that they deliberated hard over,” Mr Flood said.”I’m very confident now. We’ve got a new minister in charge of sport, they have appointed a full time person to help with the finance.”I have every belief that government is 100 percent behind us and want this successful Games but the legacy that will lead afterwards, I think they clearly understand that and they know how this will help move them ahead in a whole bunch of different fronts,” he said.The CEO said progress was picking up with a new marketing campaign about to begin and staff expected to rise from four to 20 over the coming weeks. China’s ambassador to Vanuatu Liu Quan with Vanuatu PM Charlot Salwai at Pacific Mini Games construction site Photo: RNZI Hilaire Bulelast_img read more

Neymar completes world record PSG move

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments READ: 222 million euro deal for Neymar ‘not expensive’, says Mourinho“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterized by prudent spending.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG’s Qatari-backed project having landed a star name to finally make them feared among European football’s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” said Macron.“Neymar to PSG — the transfer of the century”, splashed Le Parisien’s front page on Thursday with the first five pages devoted to his impending arrival.The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes.Neymar’s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.‘State signing’ MOST READ In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 file photo, Barcelona’s Neymar celebrates at the end of the Copa del Rey final soccer match between Barcelona and Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain. Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent. Barcelona responded shortly after his announcement Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 with a statement saying the Brazil striker’s 222 million euro ($262 million) release clause must be paid in full, a scenario which until recently seemed beyond the reach of any rival. AP FILEPARIS—Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was completed Thursday when the French club confirmed the Brazilian superstar had signed a five year-deal, earning him an estimated 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year.The deal was signed just hours after the 25-year-old paid off his 222 million euro ($264 million) buyout clause to Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson READ: Neymar’s long road to football transfer historyPSG said that Neymar will be unveiled at a press conference at the club’s Parc des Princes at 1130GMT on Friday.He will then be presented to fans at the same ground at 1345GMT on Saturday before the season-opening Ligue 1 fixture against promoted Amiens.The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United’s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.Leading coaches such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” said Neymar.“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.“From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.” 5 PH footballers begin camp, nurse dreams of trip to Munich LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a “state signing.”But whilst La Liga protests at losing one of its biggest stars, Barca’s players have continued to wish their now former teammate well.“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”Earlier Thursday, Spain’s football league threatened to stall the saga by initially refusing to accept the check presented by Neymar’s representatives at its Madrid headquarters.La Liga president Javier Tebas had accused the French club of breaching UEFA’s financial fair play rules.Clubs can be sanctioned by European football’s governing body for making a loss of more than 30 million euros over a three-year period.However, UEFA insisted the move will not automatically trigger a failure to comply with FFP regulations.“The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club’s finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount,” UEFA said in a statement to Agence France-Presse.Barca added that they will aid UEFA in any future enquiry into whether the French side fell foul of regulations. “The club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case,” continued the Barca statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

New World Bank Country Director Targets Economic Growth, Poverty Reduction

first_imgThe new Country Director of the World Bank for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, Henry G.R. Kerali has paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at her temporary office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.He was accompanied by Liberia’s Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh and two senior officials of the World Bank-Liberia office.According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader welcomed Mr. Kerali and informed him that the World Bank has been a strong partner to Liberia; particularly during the most difficult period of the Ebola crisis.She noted that the Bank has also supported the country’s rebuilding process with great progress, but noted that some of the processes and interventions are a bit slow. “The Bank must find a way of mitigating some of the emergencies and urgencies to meet outstanding targets,” she urged, adding, “There is continuity in governance and as a way of ensuring this, after the elections to come, critical steps are required for ongoing and outstanding processes and programs to avoid a period of dormancy after the transition.”President Sirleaf appealed to the Bank to, in addition to its many interventions in infrastructure, security, among others; take a progressive approach in supporting agricultural programs.She expressed the hope that Mr. Kerali has come with renewed dynamism and flexibility to the job and look forward to working with him and the Bank.For his part, the new World Bank Country Director thanked the Liberian President for the meeting and expressed admiration for her able leadership and achievements.He told President Sirleaf that he takes the assignment with the commitment that the World Bank Group can help Liberia and the other two countries most affected by the Ebola virus disease to achieve their development goals.He recognized the challenges of the country and promised to help to resolve them; acknowledging Liberia and President Sirleaf’s strong relationship with the World Bank. “I am a hands-on person and want to assure you that the World Bank Program will start almost immediately; but will be preceded by stock taking. I also agree that agriculture should be prioritized because it is an intervention that helps to cater to the poorest of the poor and after stock taking, we will come back to the government for realignment for the next few years,” Mr. Karali noted.He described President Sirleaf as an excellent leader and a global resource in handling not just the Ebola virus disease, but other outbreaks that may occur around the world based on how her leadership ensured the prompt defeat of the deadly virus in Liberia.Earlier, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh presented Mr. Kerali to President Sirleaf as the new Country Director of the World Bank Group to Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone and that this was his first visit to Liberia.He stressed the excellent relationship that has existed between the Bank and Liberia since the ascendency of President Sirleaf and provided updates on outstanding projects and programs of the Bank.Mr. Kerali was appointed the new Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone on July 1, 2015.In this position, his top priorities will be to: (i) work closely with the three partner countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with specific emphasis on post-Ebola recovery; (ii) manage the Accra office and lead and support staff and country management team, working closely with internal and external partners, to enhance results; and (iii) contribute to regional and corporate initiatives.Prior to taking up this new appointment, Mr. Kerali was the World Bank’s Regional Director for the South Caucasus, based in Georgia. He has previously also worked in different regions of the world including Latin America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and ECA, and has also served as Sector Manager of the Bank’s transport program in the ECA Region.Both Liberia and Sierra Leone have country managers and Ms. Inguna Dobraja is the Country Manager for Liberia. Mr. Kerali also serves as Country Manager for Ghana where he is based.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Site-C decision stirs mixed reactions

first_imgPhoto: B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell announces the proposed Site-C project will be moving into Stage 3, which is the Environmental and Regulatory Review process – Christine Rumleskie/ By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell was met with a slew of anti-Site-C demonstrators at the Hudson’s Hope airport on Monday.Although it wasn’t clear at the time what the Premier was in town for, concerned landowner Arthur Hadland says Campbell did a good job avoiding protestors. [asset|aid=2776|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72b0701319c8e8e87898a15a5eedfc58-Hadland 2_3_Pub.mp3] Campbell made his way to the W.A.C. Bennett Dam to announce that the Province was approving the recommendations from B.C. Hydro, and that it will be moving into Phase ‘3’ of the Site-C plans.Site-C is a proposed third dam on the Peace River. If approved, it will be located just outside of Fort St. John, and B.C. Hydro says the dam would produce enough electricity to power 410,000 homes each year.Advertisement [asset|aid=2779|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72b0701319c8e8e87898a15a5eedfc58-Karen Goodings 1_1_Pub.mp3] She says the PRRD board will now need to discuss its plans on mitigating any impacts of the proposed dam.North Peace MLA Pat Pimm says he will see to it that concerned landowners are treated fairly during the consultation process.[asset|aid=2780|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72b0701319c8e8e87898a15a5eedfc58-Pimm 1_5_Pub.mp3] Campbell briefly spoke to reporters at the event. He encourages farmers and landowners to take part in the upcoming consultations. Advertisement Photo: RCMP officers monitor the peaceful demonstration held at the Hudson’s Hope airport on Monday. B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell landed at the location, and was shuttled to the W.A.C. Bennett Dam to announce plans for the proposed Site-C – Christine Rumleskie/ [asset|aid=2781|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72b0701319c8e8e87898a15a5eedfc58-Campbell 1_3_Pub.mp3] Prior to Monday’s announcement, Fort St. John city council agreed to conduct a socio-economic impact study, should Site-C negotiations advance.Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz says now that a firm decision is made to go forwards, the City can find out what kind of benefits the proposed project will have on the area. [asset|aid=2782|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72b0701319c8e8e87898a15a5eedfc58-Lantz 1_7_Pub.mp3] Meanwhile, Arthur Hadland says he wants to see a legitimate business case made before the Site-C project moves forward. He says he doesn’t believe B.C. needs more power. Other concerned landowners echo his belief, and recommend that the province should simply promote conservation, rather than build more dams.B.C. Hydro predicts that the Province will need to produce 20-40 per cent more energy in 20 years from now. So B.C. Hydro spokesperson Dave Conway says it’s going to take more than just energy conservation to meet the future energy needs of B.C.He says Site-C is part of B.C. Hydro’s three-pronged approach to meet the future needs of the Province, along with the implementation of green energy projects like wind farms, and the promotion of energy conservation.[asset|aid=2783|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72b0701319c8e8e87898a15a5eedfc58-Dave Conway 1_1_Pub.mp3] Click on the attachment below for the full Stage 2 Report submitted by B.C. Hydro to the Province. He says the concerns of local landowners will not go unnoticed in the independent Environmental Assessment and ongoing consultation processes. [asset|aid=2778|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72b0701319c8e8e87898a15a5eedfc58-Lekstrom – ag land 1w_1_Pub.mp3] During the event, officials kept referring to “when” the project is completed, and not “if” it gets approval.That surprised both Hudson’s Hope Mayor Karen Anderson and Chair of the Peace River Regional District Karen Goodings.Goodings says she hopes the Province really considers the local concerns before making any concrete decisions. Advertisement Monday’s announcement was by invite-only, and security was beefed-up at the dam.While anti-Site-C demonstrators felt the location was too private, Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier says the W.A.C. Bennett Dam was an appropriate location for the event.[asset|aid=2777|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=72b0701319c8e8e87898a15a5eedfc58-Bernier 1_1_Pub.mp3] Energy minister Blair Lekstrom helped kick off the event, calling the announcement, ‘historic.’Advertisementlast_img read more

Simeone’s sagent says he will coach Inter ‘sooner or later’

first_img0Shares0000“Only a matter of time” before Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian coach Diego Simeone moves to Inter Milan, says his sister and agent Natalia. © AFP / JAVIER SORIANOMILAN, Italy, Sep 9 – Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will “sooner or later” become coach of Serie A giants Inter Milan, his sister and agent claimed on Sunday.“I think it’s only a matter of time. He loves the club, the atmosphere and living in Milan. Inter is a side he would really love to coach,” Natalia Simeone said in quotes in the Italian press. Former Argentina international defender Simeone spent two years as a player with Inter, whom he joined from Atletico Madrid in 1997, winning a Serie A title and the UEFA Cup.He then went on to play for four years with another Italian club, Lazio, before returning to Atletico Madrid.“Diego said it too, sooner or later, he’ll end up at Inter,” said Natalia.“Inter is a team that he would like to coach so much, but he has remained very close to Lazio, too.”The 48-year-old Simeone took over as Atletico Madrid coach in 2011 and despite being touted for a move away last summer he extended his contract.He has won seven trophies with the Madrid club including the La Liga title and two Europa League crowns as well as twice finishing runner-up in the Champions League in 2014 and 2016.“At the end of the day, passion always wins out,” his sister said.“Diego has been with Atletico for seven years. He is one of the best coaches in the world, but he remains when he knows there is still work to be done. And I accompany him (in that task).”Diego’s son Giovanni is also a rising star, playing with Serie A side Fiorentina and this week scored on his senior debut for Argentina.But Simeone’s youngest son is also a talented footballer.“Giuliano Simeone is 15, he’s Diego’s third child, and currently playing at River Plate,” she said.“He’s the most talented of the lot.”0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Raheem Sterling: ‘I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old!’

first_img Raheem Sterling Liverpool star Raheem Sterling insists he is not a ‘money grabbing 20-year-old’ amid stumbling negotiations over an extended deal at Anfield.Reds’ manager Brendan Rodgers described an offer Sterling turned down earlier this season, believed to be £100,000-a-week, as ‘incredible’ as the Merseyside outfit attempt to tie down one of their most valuable assets.The Jamaican-born winger still has more than two years to run on his current £35,000-a-week deal at Liverpool but has put extension talks on hold until the end of the season.“I don’t want to be perceived as a money-grabbing 20-year-old. I just want to be seen as a kid that loves to play football.” Sterling told BBC sport.“It is about winning trophies throughout your career; I don’t talk about how many cars I will drive or how many houses I’ve got. It is flattering to get a huge contract [offer]. I just purely want to be the best I can be.”Sterling is Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League this season and is attracting interest from domestic suitors and abroad, including the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.The Reds have received criticism for their handling of Steven Gerrard’s contract this season, with the talismanic skipper leaving for LA Galaxy in the summer as a result, and Sterling revealed he would have put pen to paper had the offer arrived last summer.The winger said: “If, at that point in time, I was offered a contract, I most definitely would have signed straight away, probably for far less money than being said now.“I just think the timing was a bit off. It has been a bit much for me this season with everyone talking about it every minute. 1last_img read more

Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle: Dominant Cherries frustrated as lucky Magpies climb out of bottom-three

first_img1 Newcastle goalscorer Ayoze Perez Newcastle United frantically held on to claim a narrow 1-0 victory at Bournemouth to rise out of the Premier League’s bottom-three.The injury-hit Cherries were by far the more dominant team at Dean Court, registering 20 shots against a Magpies side who continued to show little signs of improvement under Steve McLaren.But the hosts failed to convert their chances, landing just five efforts on target, and eventually paid the price as Ayoze Perez’s first-half goal against the run of play saw Eddie Howe’s side slip to a fourth straight defeat and into the relegation zone.Bournemouth started on the front foot and Newcastle survived a number of early scares, with match-winner Rob Elliot first saving well from Joshua King’s low shot.The Toon goalkeeper was in fine form all afternoon, but he was fortunate to escape with his clean sheet still intact in the early stages as, in a rush of blood to the head, he sprinted off his line to close down a Bournemouth break but miscued his challenge. Fortunately for the stopper, though, King was slow to react to the loose ball and Newcastle managed to clear.It was a frantic and scrappy opening 20 minutes from the visitors, who seemed unable to string more than a few passes together, but they suddenly found some rhythm shortly before the half-hour mark, and managed to opening the scoring with their first – and only – meaningful attack of the game.Finally gaining some composure on the ball, some patient passing from the back created some space for Georginio Wiljnaldum to drive forward and find Ayoze Perez on the edge of the box, with the 22-year-old Spaniard managing to hold off a challenge to slot in, the slippery ball ricocheting off Adam Federici’s gloves and trickling into the corner.It proved to be Newcastle’s only shot on target of the afternoon.It was a hammer blow to the Cherries, but to the home side’s credit they didn’t allow their heads to drop, as Adam Smith put Newcastle hearts in mouths with a fierce drive which skimmed the top of the crossbar after the visitors failed to clear from a corner.The one-way traffic continued after the break as Elliot was kept busy, the Republic of Ireland international pulling off a brilliant save to deny Matt Richie’s diving header early on.It was just the opposite for Bournemouth stopper Federici, who had little to do but to reflect on his costly mistake and watch his team-mates throw everything forward in search of the equaliser, but they were constantly thwarted by in-form Elliot, who singlehandedly kept Newcastle in front.His back-four were haphazard and the likes of Richie, Junior Stanislas, Dan Gosling and Harry Arter, who controlled the ball masterfully in midfield, repeatedly carving them apart, but the Cherries just couldn’t put the finishing touches to their flowing attacking moves.Goalscoring opportunities were few and far between in the closing stages, and while Bournemouth had their chances with a succession of corners and free-kicks, their set pieces failed to really test their opponents.Bournemouth stars seemed to be hoping for an intervention as the clock wound down and were screaming for a penalty when Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba body checked Andrew Surman in the area, but their appeals were waved away by referee Lee Mason.Six minutes of added time – following an earlier break to treat an injured Stanislas – came and went for Bournemouth, who could have done little more to at least claim a share of the points, but Newcastle managed to hold on to claim their first away win of the campaign.last_img read more

Claudio Ranieri expecting Jamie Vardy to be fit for start of next season

first_img Jamie Vardy celebrates Leicester’s Premier League success 1 Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has played down fears concerning Jamie Vardy’s fitness, suggesting the hotshot striker will be ready to play at the start of next season.Vardy is expected to be included in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming European Championship, and will undergo surgery after the tournament to sort out a long-standing issue with his wrist.The Foxes’ 24-goal top scorer, who picked up the Football Writers’ Player of the Season award on Thursday, broke his wrist against Aston Villa in September and has worn a blue cast on his right arm during games to ensure he could continue to play as the midlands team beat all rivals to the Premier League title.But Ranieri expects the 29-year-old to be available for the Community Shield in August, as the Foxes open the domestic season against either Manchester United or Crystal Palace.The Italian said: “I think it’s a little operation, then I think he’ll be ready for the Community Shield. I think now (he will be fine). Afterwards I will speak to the surgery and we will see.”Ranieri added of the former non-league player: “He has been amazing. It tells all the other non-league players, ‘hey, come on, this is a good sport, good publicity for everyone. Everyone can make mistakes but if you want to do something you must believe and something can happen’.” Leicester are 10 points clear at the top of the table and go to Chelsea, Ranieri’s former club, for Sunday’s season-finale. And the 64-year-old admits his return to Stamford Bridge as a league champion will be emotional, with the hosts expected to give the Foxes a guard of honour.“It’s amazing. I have been there with Juventus in the Champions League but this time it is different because I am manager of Leicester, another English club. It is emotional. I hope my older fans are happy with me,” he said. “When I think of something special I think of Nessun Dorma and when I came here I saw the last match is at Chelsea, wow, and now I came back as a champion. It’s a good story.”last_img read more

WATCH: Danny Ings scores as Liverpool win first 2016/17 pre-season friendly

first_img Danny Ings scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Tranmere Liverpool have got their 2016/17 preparations underway, playing their first pre-season friendly on Friday night.The Reds headed to National League side Tranmere’s Prenton Park ground, and beat the non-league side 1-0 courtesy of a Danny Ings goal.It was not a momentus performance by Jurgen Klopp’s men, but it offered the German boss the chance to test out a number of his players, including summer signings Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Sadio Mane.But it was Ings who stole the show, netting his first goal since September 2015, and making just his second appearance since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee in that October.A strong pre-season will give Ings a great chance to claim the starting striker role at Anfield as his own, and you can watch his nicely taken goal below… 1last_img read more