Tahiti wants football added to Pacific Games

first_imgTahiti is hoping to outbid the Solomon Islands to host those games.Here in Pagopago to drum up support for Tahiti’s bid and also to add football to the list of sports for 2023 Pacific Games is the French territory’s National Olympic Committee Chef de mission Johann Hironui Bouit.A television journalist and owner of a production company in Papeete, Bouit is upbeat about the support and interest from American Samoa.  Johann says sports for which Tahiti can provide technical assistance to American Samoa include canoeing, boxing, athletics, tennis and sailing.last_img

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Tokyo 2020 takes ‘out-of-the-box’ approach with cardboard beds

first_imgAthletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will sleep on bed frames made from recyclable cardboard, with mattresses formed of polyethylene materials that will be reused for plastic products after the Games.The environmentally conscious sleeping arrangements were put on display for the media for the first time on Thursday at a mock apartment in the Tokyo 2020 headquarters, though construction of residential sections of the Olympic and Paralympic village were completed in December.In all, 18,000 beds will be required at the village, nestled in Tokyo Bay and in sight of the iconic Rainbow Bridge, during the Olympics that begin on July 24. Only 8,000 will be needed for the Paralympics.At 2.10 metres long, the beds should be suitable for all but the very tallest athletes, and the manufacturer, Airweave, is confident they can bear a weight of around 200 kilograms, which is more than any athlete weighed at the 2016 Games in Rio.Construction of some communal areas of the Olympic village, like the main dining hall and the village plaza, is still underway. After the Games, its apartment units will be sold privately, with prices starting from a little over 50 million yen (US$457,500).The organisers are making a concerted effort to reduce carbon emissions generated by the Games, according to Junichi Fujino, an environmental researcher on the city’s taskforce.All medals will be made from metal extracted from recycled consumer electronics, including about 6.2 million used mobile phones. The Olympic torch is made from aluminium waste, and the podiums from recycled household and marine plastic waste. Electricity for the Games will come from renewable sources.last_img read more

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Blues hit Monterrey to set up Corinthians final

first_imgMonterrey were bidding to become the first CONCACAF champions to reach a Club World Cup final, but the strength of Chelsea’s David Luiz in midfield, coupled with the trickery of Juan Mata and Eden Hazard proved too much for the Mexicans.Chelsea started the match with the greater intent and Luiz went close to scoring inside the first four minutes, breaking from his defensive midfield position to fire narrowly over the bar from just outside the box.Eden Hazard missed a golden opportunity to open the scoring two minutes later. Luiz played a precision pass which split the Monterrey defence but the Belgian pushed the ball wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.Chelsea had their breakthrough on 17 minutes with a beautifully worked goal that was expertly finished by Mata.Midfielder Oscar played a back heel to Ashley Cole on the edge of the penalty box. The left-back then squared it to the Spaniard who took a touch before smashing it past Monterrey goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco.Monterrey’s only clear-cut chance in the first 45 came shortly afterwards when striker Aldo De Nigris headed over the bar from close range.Any hopes the Mexicans had for a second-half comeback were dashed after just 15 seconds of the restart, Fernando Torres grabbing a deflected goal from inside the box with much of the 36,648 crowd yet to return to their seats.The match was over as a contest on the 48-minute-mark when Darvin Chavez put the ball into his own net to make it 3-0.A rout appeared to be on the cards at the 68,000-capacity International Stadium in Yokohama but Victor Vucetich’s side steadied the ship and scored a consolation goal through De Nigris in injury time.Chelsea will play Copa Libertadores winners Corinthians in the final in Yokohama on Sunday. Earlier that day Monterrey will take on Egypt’s Al Ahly in a play-off for third place.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000YOKOHAMA, Japan, December 13- European champions Chelsea outclassed Mexican side Monterrey 3-1 at the Club World Cup in Japan on Thursday to set up a mouthwatering final clash with Brazilian giants Corinthians.The English Premier League club, debuting at the intercontinental tournament, dominated large spells of the first half and had the match sewn up shortly into the second — scoring two goals within three minutes of the restart.last_img read more

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Chelsea face big decision for Champions League clash with PSG

first_img1 Jose Mourinho is blessed with two of the Premier League’s most talented goalkeepers. Jose Mourinho cited a drop in Thibaut Courtois’s mental sharpness as the reason for recalling Petr Cech for Chelsea’s 1-0 Premier League victory over Everton on Wednesday evening.The Portuguese is blessed with two of the division’s most talented goalkeepers. Courtois has been Mourinho’s no.1, while Cech has been used sparingly this season.But the Czech has been invaluable when selected and he showed his class with a brilliant point-blank save from Romelu Lukaku against the Toffees – Cech’s fifth clean sheet out of five league appearances this season.If you go back to the start of the season, Cech had just come off the back of sharing the Golden Glove with Arsenal’s Wojiech Szczesny after both ‘keepers kept 16 clean sheets each last season.He was named in the PFA Team of the Year, and at 32, many would argue is still in his prime and can offer many years at the top level.However, Mourinho recalled 22-year-old Courtois from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid, where the Belgian earned rave reviews for helping Diego Simeone’s side win La Liga and his team was just seconds away from securing the Champions League trophy against bitter rivals Real.Following Courtois’ return, Mourinho had a big decision to make – which one of the world’s best ‘keepers would have to sit on the bench.The Portuguese chose Courtois, with an eye on the future, which made perfect sense. However, Cech is in his prime and arguably back to his very best.The Czech’s performance against Everton puts the 32-year-old in contention to start the first leg of the last 16 Champions League tie at Paris Saint Germain next Tuesday.But who should Mourinho select? See what Blues fans have had to say on the matter…Watch Thibaut Courtois’ training routine with Belgium:Watch Petr Cechs’ training routine with Chelsea:Chelsea fans, who would choose as your no.1 for the PSG game and through to the end of the season? Comment below…last_img read more

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Kieran Trippier uncertain of Spurs future amid Serie A links

first_imgKieran Trippier is unsure where his future lies and admitted it is up to Tottenham to decide whether to sell or keep him.The right-back has had a disappointing season with Spurs despite reaching the Champions League final, but they lost 2-0 to Liverpool. REPLY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS no dice Getty 1 LIVE ON talkSPORT Trippier may well have played his last game for Tottenham The 28-year-old’s inconsistent form has seen him dropped from England’s squad for the Nations League finals.Spurs are understood to be willing to let Trippier leave this summer and he has been linked with a move to Serie A clubs Napoli and Juventus.Following the disappointment of their Champions League final defeat to Liverpool he was asked about his future.Trippier said: “I don’t know. I go home now, spend time with my family, just recover after a long, difficult season. Everybody’s got a decision to make, no matter what. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense shining talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Portugal vs Switzerland (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTNetherlands vs England (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTFrance vs South Korea (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTDenmark vs Republic of Ireland (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Croatia vs Wales (Saturday, 2pm) – talkSPORTEngland vs Scotland (Sunday, 5pm) – talkSPORT Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT gameday cracker “Obviously this club has been very good for me over the last few years but I’ll enjoy my summer, come back in pre-season and that’s when I’ll sit down with the manager and have a talk about my future.“I see a lot of speculation about me not being here. I give everything, 100 per cent every game, win lose or draw. So we’ll see what happens in pre-season.”The defender would not be short of suitors if he were to leave Tottenham, though, as Atletico Madrid are also keen on signing him along with the two Serie A teams. deals Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January He was signed by Spurs in 2015 for £3.5million from Burnley to provide competition for Kyle Walker.Following Walker’s departure for Manchester City, Trippier has seen more time in the starting line-up.“I want to stay in England. But what can you do?” he added. “I’ll see what happens and what the club wants, most importantly.“I give everything for this club – training sessions, games – so we’ll see what happens in pre-season.”last_img read more

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WNC Paving To Begin A Construction Project on U.S. 23/441 between Franklin and Dillsboro.

first_imgSYLVA – A mountain is moving.The N.C. Department of Transportation has developed designs to adjust for that movement and repair a section of highway on Cowee Mountain in the coming months.WNC Paving will begin a construction project in the next two weeks that will replace a failing wall and add a rock buttress for extra support on U.S. 23/441 between Franklin and Dillsboro. “A section in Jackson County settled and shifted after a heavy rain event in February this year, and the road has settled several times since the road was built,” Division 14 Construction Engineer Ted Adams said. “Just like in the past, repairs were made by paving the road back to level. This summer, WNC Paving repaired or replaced much of the drainage.”Those repairs aren’t enough to sustain the critical highway in the long run. This new construction, at an estimated cost of $13 million, will be much more significant than a paving or drainage project.Geotechnical engineers from the NCDOT reviewed the location this summer and discovered the wall supporting the roadway had shifted. Such a shift signaled more than a drainage issue. A complete geotechnical review — including soil borings — revealed the entire slope is moving. If that movement is not addressed, significant weather and simple time could lead to a collapse.“Over the last two months, NCDOT has finished the analysis and design work to make a permanent fix to the failing wall and slope,” Adams said. “It is absolutely needed.”Traffic will remain in a one-lane pattern utilizing the southbound lanes, much as it has over the summer, and the construction will last into the spring when good paving conditions return. The first phase of the project involves excavating about 28 feet of dirt and rock from the two northbound lanes. Then a soil-nail wall will be built to support and stabilize the southbound lanes in use now. Once these steps are complete, the old wall will be removed and a rock buttress will be built to support the northbound lanes.   “We know that this highway is critical for people who live and work in Macon County and Jackson County, and folks who visit,” Adams said. “It is in everybody’s best interest to rebuild this section of road and create a long-lasting highway that will serve for many years to come.”NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, remain alert, and obey the posted speed limit.last_img read more

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South Africa improves border security

first_img25 June 2012 South Africa will continue to improve security at its borders as it steps up the fight against cross-border crime, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe told journalists in Pretoria on Monday. Since the first deployment of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) troops along the country’s borders in April 2010, a total of 11 SANDF companies had been stationed on SA’s borders with Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Mozambique and Lesotho, Radebe said. A further four companies would be deployed along South Africa’s borders with Botswana and Namibia in 2013/14. “Effective border management is part of the government’s crime prevention strategy, which deals with cross-border crimes and poaching,” Radebe said, noting that the SANDF worked closely on this with the South African Police Service as well as various government departments. As part of the SANDF deployment, operations were being conducted to combat cross-border crime, stock theft and illegal grazing and rhino poaching in the Kruger National Park. Radebe said the troop deployment had, in the last three months alone, led to the confiscation of contraband, including cigarettes and liquor, to the value of R3.1-million. In addition, 763kg of dagga and 315kg of copper had been confiscated, and 23 stolen vehicles and nine weapons recovered. “A total of 5 210 undocumented persons were apprehended and 212 criminals arrested,” Radebe said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Google Search Due to Firefox Default Settings Is Bigger Than Bing, Yahoo; Bidding War Coming Soon [UPDATED]

first_imgThat little search bar at the top right of your Firefox browser (along with the Google search on the default Firefox start page, as a reader pointed out) is driving 9.18% of searches, according to research by advertising network Chitika, Inc.That’s a huge chunk in a market where Google handles more than 80% of searches and its competitors Bing and Yahoo! handle just 8.56% and 6.69%, respectively – suggesting a huge bidding war may be brewing for November 2011 when Google’s contract with Mozilla is up.These figures suggest Mozilla could be the second-biggest driver of searches after Google.com. And the 9.18% does not include searches performed by typing directly into the address bar, which also go through Google, Chitika said.Yahoo is also one of the pre-loaded options in the Firefox search box, but Chitika did not break out how much of Yahoo’s queries come from that tool specifically. Bing is available as an extra add-on. Note: Values add to 99.99%, an effect of rounding to the nearest hundredth.Microsoft controls 15.25% percent of search because it powers Bing.com as well as Yahoo’s search engine in the U.S. If Microsoft could kick Google out of Firefox and claim those searches for Bing or Yahoo, it could easily bump up its market share by an incredible 60% – surely worth given that it’s been exceedingly tough to wrestle searches away from Google.The Mozilla Foundation earned $75 million in revenue in 2007, the “vast majority” of it from the search partnership with Google. That revenue could be worth even more now that the competition for search dominance has heated up with the viable challenge from Bing.About 23% of Internet users use Firefox, according to Chitika, and Google handles 91.45% of their searches. Bing handles 2.46% and Yahoo handles about 5% of searches in Firefox. Tags:#Google#Microsoft#web adrianne jeffries Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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IESA 2

first_imgIoTNEXT 2015 is bringing together an esteemed list ofIoTNEXT 2015 is bringing together an esteemed list of global experts and decision makers from IoT focused System OEMs, IT Services companies, network providers, IoT startups/entrepreneurs and end-users for a 2-day summit to explore trends, vision, best practices, deployment scenarios and financial models along with panels and expert talks to take deeper dive into specific technology domains and case studies.This Global IoT summit will include sessions and tracks on Industry 4.0 and Make in India, Smart Cities, Smart Agriculture and Water, Driving Innovation and Healthcare Product Showcase. Sharad Sharma of iSPRIT will take us through a journey of few innovative Indian startups who are leapfrogging in technologies and markets and Professor Sadagopan, Head of IIIT-B will head a panel on Academia-Startup connect to discuss fundamental technologies that are required for the next wave of IoT Innovation. The Healthcare Product Showcase will showcase innovative and impactful next-age IoT enabled healthcare products. Application for the showcase is still open for corporates and startups at http://www.iotnext.org.Companies presenting and participating at the Global IoT Summit include GE, Siemens, Bosch, Analog Devices, IBM, Accenture, Tata Consultancy, Foxconn, Nabard, Microsoft, Samsung and many more.(MORE) PRN AKGlast_img read more

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One In Five Have Had A Secret Romance At Work

first_imgEncourage openness about the relationship Some people love their jobs. Others take that idea a little further and find love at work. A new study by AOL Jobs reports that 20 percent of people secretly dated a co-worker. More men said that no one found out, compared to women.The survey also found that 25 percent had an affair with someone at work — and out of those having an affair, 43 percent reported that one of the people involved was married.Sneaking into the copy room before walking down the aisleScott and Kelly Anderson met while working for Wendy’s International almost two decades ago and have been married for 17 years. Ironically, they both worked in Human Resources, the department typically responsible for employee dating policies. They still work together today.“At the time the company did have a fraternization policy,” Scott tells AOL Jobs. “We actually were not in violation of that policy, because we did not have a direct reporting relationship. But based on our positions, we still felt it necessary to be up front. In our current company we ask the same of our employees.”The couple even wrote a book about their experiences and success in the fast food industry, ‘Flip-N-Burgers.”‘Kelly says their situation has its unique challenges.“Most couples come home after a day of stress at work and vent to each other. They provide empathy, understanding and advice,” she says. “In our situation that is just not possible. We are so tired of talking, confronting and challenging each other during the day, that we don’t want to have more conversation at night. We are better off limiting conversation and giving each other space during the week.”When work relationships failRelationships fail all the time. But when they fail at work, it’s a big deal. Your life is impacted not just in the hours outside of work, but eight or more extra hours too. You’re potentially the subject of gossip and sideways looks, not to mention the awkward moments of passing the ex in the hall.For former advertising copywriter Caryn Starr-Gates, the only solution to her two-year relationship with a superior that tanked was to jump ship and leave Atlanta for New York. The relationship was a secret at first, but co-workers figured it out.“When we were having a fight or disagreement or negativity in the relationship, he brought it to the workplace for sure,” says Caryn. “Very unpleasant. But most of the time we worked well together.”Caryn didn’t swear off work relationships after this situation. In fact, she got married, switched industries, and had an affair with someone at work in food service. She learned the trade so well that her new career took off. The relationship didn’t.“I think it’s crazy NOT to expect work romances to happen” she says. “In fact, people do spend quite a lot of time together in the workplace and often become quite close as friends.”Make love at work betterMary Hladio, is president of EmberCarriers, a human resources and leadership consulting company. She says many companies encourage co-worker friendships. As for deeper relationships, she suggests companies manage them, rather than ban them outright, especially with small companies.“Many workers there have overlapping responsibilities and frequently interact. Love affairs are quickly noticed and co-workers are especially sensitive to favoritism, whispered confidences, and tensions and hostilities, all of which may affect morale and even performance.”Hladio suggests companies:Take an offensive approach; companies should provide advance training on dealing with workplace relationships Discourage displays of affection in the workplacecenter_img Prepare a written PolicyOverall, workplace relationships should not be banned, she says.“Employees may view it as an affront to their privacy and out of touch with workplace realities,” says Hladio.– By Carol BermanOriginally published on AOL Jobslast_img read more

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