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Corporate 9s finals on today

Corporate 9s finals on today

first_imgThe tournament will start with the semi-finals and go on to the grand final for the Cup, Plate, Bowl and Pennant division later in the afternoon.The draws for the semi-finals are; MTSL vs Waidex, AES vs PNG Power, EFM vs Digicel, Department of Finance vs Bishop Brothers, Air Niugini vs PWC, GFI vs PNG Ports, Central PG vs Sunrise Bus Services and Spidertek vs Funeral Home.Tournament director, Solomon Ravu, said losers will be eliminated while the winners advance onto the preliminary finals and then onto the grand final.The break-up of the prize money:Cup Winners                           K4,000Cup Runner up                        K2,500Plate Winner                           K2,000Plate Runner up                      K1,500Bowl Winner                           K750Bowl Runner up                      K500Pennant Winner                      K450Pennant Runner up                 K300last_img read more

Baghdatis expecting to cry happy tears as he ends his career at Wimbledon

Baghdatis expecting to cry happy tears as he ends his career at Wimbledon

first_imgMarcos Baghdatis says Wimbledon is the perfect place for his retirement and knows there will be tears.The Cypriot, 34, has called time on his near 20-year career and will finish after his run at SW19 comes to an end.Niggling injuries and his wife Karolina becoming pregnant with their third child have been the catalyst, as well as a slide down the rankings.“It is about time for me, I feel that it has been a good ride, it has been hard for the last two years on the body and trying to get back to where I believe my level is,” he said.“Unfortunately my body doesn’t allow that.“This year I had great news that my wife got pregnant and we are expecting a third child and it made my decision a little bit easier.“I am so grateful to be able to finish my career here. It is an honour for any tennis player to finish his career at this historical tournament.”Baghdatis, who reached a semi-final at the All England Club in 2006, begins his final campaign against Canadian Brayden Schnur on Tuesday and it promises to be an emotional affair.He has a special affinity with Wimbledon, with the 1992 men’s final between Andre Agassi and Goran Ivanisevic being the first game he ever saw on television.“It is a happy decision, it is not a sad one,” he said.“Everything comes to an end, it has been four or five years, I have some problems with my hip, my ankle, my foot. It has been a few years.“It came now and it came for me at the perfect moment and I am really happy with that decision.“It is my wife’s favourite tournament, the first ever match I watched on television was Andre Agassi against Ivanisevic in the final in 1992. I was seven years old, that was the first match I ever saw.“I had some great runs here, my results here were much more consistent.“It is the most historical place to play tennis. I could not be more grateful to finish here.“There have been tears for the last two weeks. It is happy tears and I wish I could take all these fans with me, because they gave me something special.”Asked whether he would never say never on reconsidering his decision to retire if he has a good run over the next fortnight, he said: “You can say never with me!”last_img read more

FIFA match-fixing sleuths arrive in S.Africa

FIFA match-fixing sleuths arrive in S.Africa

first_imgThe team is expected to spend four days in South Africa, and SAFA said they would have full access to its records on four pre-2010 World Cup warm-up games that have been dogged by claims of match-fixing.“We are doing all we can to help FIFA resolve the issue regarding the Bafana games and to do all in our power to wipe out corrupt practices in football in South Africa, if there is any,” said SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani.“Anyone who has not already been contacted but who believes that they have material evidence to offer are invited to urgently contact my office,” added SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen.South Africa’s Sunday Times reported this month on claims that matches involving Thailand, Bulgaria, Guatemala and Colombia may have been fixed by Singaporean Wilson Raj Perumal, who is serving a two-year jail term in Finland for fixing matches there. Perumal reportedly arranged the friendlies for South Africa on condition that he appoint the match officials as an under-prepared national squad desperately sought matches ahead of the global tournament.A number of dubious penalties were awarded in the 5-0 win over Guatemala — a record victory margin for the South African national team — and a 2-1 triumph over Colombia.Referees from Niger, Togo and Kenya handled the four warm-ups, which triggered surprise as South Africa normally use match officials from countries in the region.The Sunday Times said the Nigerian referee was also scheduled to handle a friendly against Denmark, but concerned SAFA officials replaced him with a local at the last minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, MArch 1 – FIFA’s anti-corruption team on Thursday arrived in South Africa, as part of the world football governing body’s efforts to crack down on match-fixing, the South African Football Association said.The team is led by Chris Eaton, FIFA’s head of security, who is investigating claims that more than 300 matches on three continents were influenced by match-fixers.last_img read more

Walcott still has designs on central role

Walcott still has designs on central role

first_imgWalcott is currently in talks about a new contract and has reportedly asked coach Arsene Wenger to give him assurances that he will be given more opportunities to play at the point of Arsenal’s attack.His recent displays have only strengthened his claims and when asked if he still coveted a role in the centre, he told talkSPORT radio station: “Oh, without a doubt. I’ve always believed I’m a striker.“The boss gave me five minutes at the end there (against Tottenham) and I managed to grab a goal, which is great.“But when you’ve got someone like Olivier (Giroud), who’s playing well, there’s no need to change a winning team at the moment.“I think my time will come. I’ve just got to be a little more patient. But, like I say, I want to play up front. That’s my position.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, Kenya, November 19 – After scoring his fifth goal in five games in the 5-2 rout of derby rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has reiterated his desire to play as a striker.The 23-year-old England international capped victory with Arsenal’s fifth goal in injury time at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, having earlier teed up Per Mertesacker for Arsenal’s opener.last_img read more

Ten percent right

Ten percent right

first_imgNOBODY’S perfect, but we like to think the public officials we pay to take care of certain needs get things right most of the time. But they don’t. Take Los Angeles County. Over the last three years, how often did officials keep the right records and notify the public when sewage spilled into the Santa Monica Bay Watershed? Three-quarters of the time? Half? Try less than 10 percent. County auditors have found that since January 2002, there are no records for 189 of 208 spills that poured nearly 12 million gallons of sewage into the bay. Which makes you wonder: With a 90 percent failure rate, what, exactly, are we spending our money on? 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

Studies: Weight-loss surgery saves lives

Studies: Weight-loss surgery saves lives

first_imgObesity surgeries have surged in recent years along with global waistlines. In the United States alone, 177,600 operations were performed last year, according to the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. The most common method was gastric bypass, or stomach-stapling surgery, which reduces the stomach to a small walnut-sized pouch and bypasses part of the small intestine where digestion occurs. The Swedish study is the longest look yet at how obesity surgery affects mortality. Researchers led by Dr. Lars Sjostrom of Goteborg University compared 4,047 people with a body-mass index over 34 who had one of three types of surgery or received standard diet advice. BMI is a standard measure of height and weight and a BMI over 30 is considered obese. After a decade, those in the surgery group lost 14 percent to 25 percent of their original weight compared to 2 percent in the other group. Of the 2,010 surgery patients, 101 died. There were 129 deaths in the comparison group of 2,037 people. In the U.S. study, Ted Adams of the University of Utah led a team that looked at 7,925 severely obese people in the state who had gastric bypass. They were matched with similar people who did not have the operation and who were selected through their driver’s license records listing height and weight. After an average of seven years’ follow-up, 213 people who had surgery died compared to 321 who did not have the procedure. The study did not look at weight loss. Both studies were done before surgery advances that have led to smaller incisions and faster recovery time.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The first long-term studies of stomach stapling and other radical obesity treatments show that they not only lead to lasting weight loss but also dramatically improve survival. The results are expected to lead to more such operations, possibly for less severely obese people, too. Researchers in Sweden and the United States separately found that obese people who underwent drastic surgery had a 30 percent to 40 percent lower risk of dying seven to 10 years later compared with those who did not have such operations. The research, published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, should put to rest uncertainties about the benefits and risks of weight-loss surgery and may cause governments and insurers to rethink who should qualify for the procedure, some doctors said. “It’s going to dispel the notion that bariatric surgery is cosmetic surgery and support the notion that it saves lives,” said Dr. Philip Schauer, director of bariatric surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, who had no role in the research. last_img read more

Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke banned from football for 12 years

Former FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke banned from football for 12 years

first_img1 Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been banned for 12 years for a number of offences including his part in a World Cup tickets scandal and using a private jet for personal reasons.The Frenchman, who was formally dismissed last month, has been banned from all football-related activity for 12 years and fined 100,000 Swiss francs (almost £71,000) by FIFA’s ethics committee.Valcke also negotiated to sell World Cup television rights for below their true value, according to a statement from the ethics committee.The statement said: “Amongst other things, the adjudicatory chamber found that a sports marketing firm had gained an undue advantage from the selling of FIFA World Cup tickets.“In this respect, not only did Mr Valcke do nothing to stop these activities, he even encouraged the persons responsible to do so. Furthermore, Mr Valcke repeatedly encouraged them to breach an agreement concluded between FIFA and the sports marketing firm.“Moreover, by travelling at FIFA’s expense purely for sightseeing reasons as well as repeatedly choosing private flights for his trips over commercial flights without any business rationale for doing so, Mr Valcke gained an advantage for himself and relatives.“In doing so, Mr Valcke acted against FIFA’s best interests and caused considerable financial damage to FIFA.”It added: “Concerning the issue of TV and media rights for the Caribbean, it was found that Mr Valcke attempted to grant the TV and media rights for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups to a third party for a fee far below their actual market value and had taken concrete preparatory action in this regard.“Furthermore, it was found that Mr Valcke deliberately tried to obstruct the ongoing proceedings against him by attempting to delete or deleting several files and folders relevant to the investigation, despite being aware of his duty to preserve all data and to collaborate in order to establish the facts of the case.” Jerome Valcke last_img read more

Central California grower under scrutiny in outbreak

Central California grower under scrutiny in outbreak

first_imgSAN JUAN BAUTISTA – Earthbound Farm, the country’s largest grower of organic produce, is facing unwelcome scrutiny after federal officials linked a nationwide E. coli outbreak to its bagged spinach. The company, also known by its legal name, Natural Selection Foods LLC, recalled and stopped shipping all its spinach products after E. coli outbreaks killed one person and sickened nearly 100 others in 19 states. Earthbound officials were working with state and federal health inspectors to pinpoint the source of the contamination, spokeswoman Samantha Cabaluna said Saturday. “We’re not even thinking about the cost right now,” Cabaluna said. “We’re trying to do the right thing, to protect public health and get to the bottom of this.” “We’re very, very upset about this because we’re in the business of providing healthy foods,” Cabaluna said. New York natives Myra and Drew Goodman started Earthbound as a 2 -acre farm in 1984. The company began selling bags of pre-washed salads in 1986. Since then, the market for ready-to-eat bagged greens has grown to nearly $3billion. With about 1,100 employees, Earthbound now sells more than 100 types of fruits and vegetables grown on 29,000 acres in California, Arizona, Mexico and other locations in the United States and abroad. Earthbound sells more than 70percent of the country’s bagged organic salad and processes about 30million salad servings each week, according to the company. Its produce can be found in nearly three-quarters of U.S. supermarkets and in all 50 states and Canada. Calabuna did not know how much bagged spinach the company grows and processes each year. About 74percent of the fresh market spinach grown in the United States comes from California, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation. The situation indicates a larger problem within the farming and distribution process, federation spokesman Dave Kranz said. “First, we need to make sure everything is as tight as can be on everyone’s individual operations,” Kranz said. “And then we see if other changes to the process need to be made.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat fresh spinach, and grocery stores nationwide have pulled nearly all spinach products from their shelves. As the investigation continues, other brands may be implicated, officials said. All of Earthbound’s spinach is grown in fields around the Salinas Valley, then washed and packaged at its plant in San Juan Bautista, about 90 miles south of San Francisco, Cabaluna said. Privately held Earthbound is under contract with other food companies to produce and package spinach under about 30 different brand labels sold in supermarkets across North America. The company packages both organic and conventionally grown spinach in separate areas at its San Juan Bautista plant, but it was still unclear which type of spinach made people ill, Cabaluna said. Customers who bought bagged spinach produced by Earthbound should return the product to the grocery store where they bought it or contact the company for a refund, Cabaluna said. last_img read more

Nedap Integrates Zebra Technology in !D Cloud RFID Retail Platform

Nedap Integrates Zebra Technology in !D Cloud RFID Retail Platform

first_imgNedap recently announced that it has now completed the integration of all cornerstone Zebra RFID technology for retail in-store stock management within !D Cloud, Nedap’s leading RFID platform. The integrations spans the RFD2000 and RFD8500 series handheld RFID sleds, the TC5x and TC2x series Touch Mobile Computers and the ZD500r and ZT400 series RFID printers.!D Cloud offers a deep level of support for the RFD sled devices, where even the firmware updates are managed through the !D Cloud solution. For the printers, !D Cloud offers in-app printing of individual RFID labels or complete shipment that come into a store without RFID labels for the manufacturer. The label template and Zebra Programming Language (ZPL) print commands are managed directly from the !D Cloud App via in-store Wi-Fi to the printers, thus eliminating the requirement and costs of label print software.“We see an increased demand for RFID solutions in retail,” said Jeroen Struycken, global director of business development at Nedap Retail. “As a leading RFID provider, we want to offer our customers the choice of the best products out there. By nature, !D Cloud is hardware agnostic and supports a multitude of RFID devices, but having the width of the Zebra equipment as a standard in our toolbox is a big plus.”- Sponsor – The recent Zebra TC20 PDA and RFD2000 handheld UHF RFID sled, combined with Nedap’s !D Cloud solution. will be presented at the Nedap booth #5B60 at RetailEXPO 2019, which will be held at the Olympia in London on May 1-2.For more information, visit www.nedap-retail.com. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Rio 2016: Indian athletes unhappy with food at embassy reception

Rio 2016: Indian athletes unhappy with food at embassy reception

first_imgIt was a reception on India’s Independence Day arranged by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports as well as the Embassy in Brazil.But it left the athletes very unhappy. The reason: They expected good food to be served at the late afternoon reception, or at least decent Indian snacks, since most of them were missing home food. (Rio Olympics – Full Coverage) ‘DID THEY CALL US FOR THIS?’What they got was tea, coffee and a juice — and peanuts galore. There were also some cookies and chocolates, but the fare left the thirty athletes who turned up in a foul mood. (Also read: All eyes on PV Sindhu as she takes on London Games Silver medalist Wang Yihan tonight) “Did they call us all the way from the Athletes Village for this?” asked one angrily, declining to be named. The total time it took them to come and return was over four hours.Invitations to the reception were sent out by the Embassy in the name of Rajiv Yadav, Secretary (Sports) in the ministry. Indian Ambassador Sunil Lal was present at the reception where some 200 invitees turned up. There is a consular assistance office in Rio, while the Embassy is located in Brasilia, the capital. (WATCH: Sindhu confident of podium finish in Rio) The athletes and officials were brought to the Olympians Reunion Centre in the Lagoa area near the central lagoon in Rio in two buses. Also present at the reception were Indians settled in Rio or visiting for other purposes.advertisement’COULD HAVE ARRANGED SOME GOOD FOOD'”They could have arranged some good food, as athletes are always feeling hungry. Even good snacks would have been welcome as they need to keep their bodies fed,” said Pawandeep Singh Kohli, the Chief Medical Officer for the Indian contingent present at the reception.Almost all the athletes had this one topic to discuss, showing their disappointment to their group leaders. And they left quickly. Later, in the bus, men’s hockey team captain P.R. Sreejesh, with his tongue firmly in his cheek and a large smile on his face said that he had enjoyed the “filling food” at the reception so much that he had cancelled his dinner at the Village. His remarks lightened the somewhat unhappy mood.last_img read more