Sapias steps down as PNG rugby union president

first_imgSapias, who was elevated to the position of Oceania Rugby president in April of this year, said the new role required him to step down. Sapias was also appointed onto a regional committee for world rugby.“It has been a tough road since I took up the role and I think it is time for someone new with fresh ideas and will put rugby ahead of personal interests.“Someone who will bring clarity and have an honest, good track record to handle the huge responsibility of such an important position,” said Sapias.Sapias said there is so much work to be done, but finance has been a hindrance.“There is no quick fix-it solution, but I commend the full-time staff for doing a fantastic job with little funding,” said Sapias.He went on to say that the PNGRFU was doing well with limited funding to run its sevens programs.“In fact, we are doing well with very little support. As a Union, the challenges are immense and the body has better chances of achieving more on the world stage by working together,” said Sapias.In going forward, the New Irelander said in his capacity as the regional head, he will put forward a case for at least two Oceania teams to participate in the Hong Kong Cup of Nation’s tournament.“This is a strong competition for tier two nations and depending on how hard I lobby, I hope to gain access for Papua New Guinea to be one of those nations,” he added. Sapias announced his resignation in a media statement over the weekend. He was the president of the PNGRFU for 7 years.last_img read more

Cavaliers’ Love out with sore left hip against Sixers

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Love played in Cleveland’s first 26 games, averaging 19.2 points and 10.4 rebounds.Ante Zizic started at center against Philadelphia. Sixers center Joel Embiid is also out because he has yet to be cleared to play on back-to-back nights following offseason knee surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseCleveland is also playing without Tristan Thompson (strained left calf), Derrick Rose (sprained left ankle), Isaiah Thomas (strained right hip) and Iman Shumpert (left knee surgery). LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img FILE – Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) drives against Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers center Kevin Love is out against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore left hip.Love went through warmups Saturday before the decision to hold him out was made. He injured the hip Wednesday against Memphis, but played Friday against Indiana, scoring 20 points in 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Go for the win Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Road restrictions being removed

first_imgThe B.C. Ministry of Transportation is rescinding load restrictions.The restrictions are being lifted for all provincial roads and highways in both the South and North Peace Service Areas.- Advertisement -The end of the load restrictions come into effect Saturday at 8 a.m.In addition, restrictions will be lifted on the Sierra Yo-yo Desan Road in the North Peace on Saturday at 8 a.m.last_img

Crisis-ridden Italian FA fails to elect president

first_imgTommasi finished bottom in the second and third rounds so could no longer win, with a fourth ballot requiring a simple majority to win.In the final round Gravina received 39.06 percent of the vote, Sibilia 1.85 percent, with 59.09 percent blank ballots.The failure to elect a president will almost certainly mean that the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) will take control of the FIGC.CONI president Giovanni Malago had asked again on Saturday for the vote to be postponed, after previously saying that the vote should be held back for three months in order to allow Serie A to elect its president.“The assembly failed to produce a result and we have to restart from zero,” said Pasquale de Lise, who presided over the meeting. “We spent a beautiful day together.”This “beautiful day” which started with a standing ovation for previous president Carlo Tavecchio, who was forced to resign after Italy’s World Cup qualifying fiasco, was in fact one of absolute confusion, with negotiations in the elevators and toilets, as watching Italian journalists muttered “what a show…”The four-time world champions’ shock elimination in a play-off against Sweden had led to demands for a revolution in Italian football from grassroots level.But this was not the message which emerged during the campaign, mostly centred on the question of candidatures and possible alliances, and which left very little room for programmes and proposals.For many observers Monday’s fiasco was predictable. Gravinia, 64, and Sibilia, 58, the two candidates who weighed the heaviest in terms of votes in the election, were faced with the inflexibility of the younger Tommasi, a 43-year-old former Roma and Italy player, who refused any alliance.The state of Italian elite football is now worrying, as shown by the inability of clubs to agree on a name for the presidency of the League and the difficulty of selling TV rights for Serie A.Italian football is without a president for both the FIGC and top division Serie A and has no national team coach, following Gian Piero Ventura’s dismissal post-World Cup failure.A budget of five million euros ($6.2m) has been voted by the FIGC in the hope of attracting a big name coach with possible candidates touted including Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Mancini.The new coach will not be in place before Italy play their first matches since their elimination, friendlies against England and Argentina in March with Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio stepping in on an interim basis.But Italy should have a new coach before they start the UEFA Nations League in September.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000From L:The three candidates to the presidency of the Italian Football Federation Damiano Tommasi, Cosimo Sibilia and Gabriele Gravina attend a meeting in Rome on January 29, 2018 © AFP / Andreas SOLAROFIUMICINO, Italy, Jan 29 – The Italian football federation (FIGC) sank further into crisis on Monday after failing to elect a new president, two-and-a-half months after the national team crashed out of the World Cup.After four rounds of voting amid chaotic scenes at a general meeting held in Fiumicino near Rome, none of the three candidates — the president of the Amateur League (LND) Cosimo Sibilia, the president of the third-tier Lega Pro division Gabriele Gravina and the head of the professional players’ union (AIC) Damiano Tommasi — managed to obtain a majority.last_img read more

Man City on verge of mega deal as personal terms agreed

first_img1 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City are edging ever closer to signing Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg.talkSPORT understands the Belgian is eager to join the Premier League side and his representatives have already agreed personal terms on a long-term contract.City are now in advanced negotiations with Wolfsburg over a fee and hope to conclude a deal imminently.The Bundesliga side are resigned to losing the star playmaker but want more than £50million for the former Chelsea man.Man City are understood to rate the 24-year-old closer to £40m but are confident of reaching an agreement with the German outfit.Should De Bruyne finalise his switch to the Etihad, he will become the fourth major addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad in this transfer window.Nicolas Otamendi arrived from Valencia on Thursday for a fee of around £28m, while Raheem Sterling was signed from Liverpool for £49million and Fabian Delph joined in an £8m deal from Aston Villa earlier this summer.last_img read more

Championship: Derby THRASH Hull, victory for Boro & Owls continue good run

first_imgBurnley’s lead at the top of the Sky Bet Championship was cut to a solitary point after they drew a blank in a goalless draw with Cardiff at Turf Moor.The Clarets extended their unbeaten league run to 17 games but will be looking nervously over their shoulder ahead of the final half-a-dozen fixtures as nearest challengers Middlesbrough and Brighton both won.Sean Dyche’s side could have ended the night level on points with second-placed Boro too had Kenneth Zohore’s 87th-minute effort gone in rather than hit the crossbar, though the Bluebirds were indebted to two terrific stoppage-time saves from goalkeeper David Marshall.Second-placed Middlesbrough are breathing down Burnley’s necks after Gaston Ramirez inspired a 3-0 win over Huddersfield.Ramirez earned the penalty which was converted just after the half hour by skipper Grant Leadbitter before netting himself moments later.The 25-year-old, on loan from Southampton, then curled in a brilliant free-kick with 13 minutes remaining to keep Boro a point ahead of third-placed Brighton, who defeated Birmingham 2-1 at St Andrew’s. Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty put Blues ahead after a quarter of an hour but headers from Connor Goldson and Lewis Dunk either side of the interval sealed victory for the Seagulls.Hull’s promotion hopes took a severe blow after a comprehensive 4-0 loss at Derby, who consolidated their place in the final play-off spot.Two first-half goals from Bradley Johnson put the Rams in control before the visitors were reduced to 10 men following Moses Odubajo’s 55th-minute dismissal. Their woes were compounded by late strikes from Chris Martin and Craig Bryson.Sheffield Wednesday remain a point ahead of Derby in fifth after a 2-1 win over Blackburn.Craig Conway opened the scoring for Rovers but was then dismissed shortly after Adam Henley’s own goal levelled matters. The Owls took full advantage of the extra man as Ross Wallace scored the winner after 62 minutes.Bolton continued their path towards relegation as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Brentford, for whom Lasse Vibe struck a first-half brace after team-mate Nico Yennaris had opened the scoring.The Trotters, who grabbed a consolation through Zach Clough’s penalty, are 17 points from safety with just the 18 left on offer.Bristol City and Rotherham moved a point closer to survival after their 1-1 draw. Matt Derbyshire’s goal for the Millers was cancelled out by Peter Odemwingie.Neil Warnock’s men are now six points clear of MK Dons, who opened the scoring through Kortney Hause’s own goal but lost 2-1 to Wolves following strikes from George Saville and Jack Price.Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele scored either side of Marnick Vermijl’s leveller as Fulham won 2-1 at Preston, while Reading defeated Nottingham Forest by the same scoreline following goals from Matej Vydra and Oliver Norwood after Ben Osborn had given Forest the lead.Tjaronn Chery’s penalty three minutes from time helped QPR to a 1-1 draw at Leeds, who had opened the scoring through Chris Wood’s 70th-minute strike while Ipswich and struggling Charlton shared the spoils in a goalless draw. 2 Derby were 4-0 winners over fellow promotion rivals Hull 2last_img read more


first_imgA CO Donegal man’s lawyer has been told to tell him to ‘get on a plane’ and return to Ireland by a judge hearing drugs charges against him.A court in Derry was told that 22-year-old Donegal man Conal MacGrianna, whose latest adress was Sandringham Drive in Derry, couldn’t appear to answer the charges because he was on a deep sea fishing trawler off the coast of Australia.He is charged with his three co-defendants with possessing cannabis resin and possession with intent to supply on April 15th, 2010. When District Judge Barney McElholm noticed only three of the defendants were present, Mr MacGrianna’s solicitor Donna McCauley said her client had contacted her two days previously using the trawler’s satellite phone to say he would not be able to attend court.The judge said the defendant “has joined a fishing boat of his own volition when he knew this matter was coming up was wasting court time”.However Judge McElholm joked that he was not going to issue a warrant for the Donegal man’s arrest because to do so “would only cause a stampede within the PSNI to execute it.”The judge said the defendant should be told that when he returned to port in Australia on May 11th he should immediately board a flight and return to Derry for his hearing.Or else.DONEGAL MAN ‘DOWN UNDER’ ORDERED TO GET ON PLANE FOR NEXT COURT APPEARANCE was last modified: April 14th, 2012 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:DONEGAL MAN ‘DOWN UNDER’ ORDERED TO GET ON PLANE FOR NEXT COURT APPEARANCEdonegaldaily.comlast_img read more

What will be the primary IoT device in your life?

first_imgTags:#connected#Connected Devices#Internet of Things#IoT Follow the Puck Eran Abramson Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Technology keeps innovating, connectivity is improving, and users are flocking to the growing number of smart devices and even smart cities initiatives; everyone is just looking to connect and stay on-the-grid. With more interest, devices, processing power and ideas, IoT will take place around us whether we like it or not.But as everything is connected, which device will be the one we cannot do without? Which item will we never be caught without? What will keep us connected yet in control of our daily interaction?See also: What should be the requirements in IoT communication?While more and more devices are being released, with more quad-core, pixels, speed, features and more, the ultimate IoT device may be a reinvention of our smartphone in a more basic, yet powerful way.A digital wallet, or a so-called “black box” will drive our day in the future, yet it will be different than our smartphones as it will be a visual aid peripheral and our personal preferences wallet, and not the interface we are accustomed to today. It is similar in concept only to the Modu phones from 7 years ago yet with the connectivity around us today, can grant the intelligent access each needs individually.Our digital “life” walletLook around, browse your social feed, and converse with your friend and you may realize that all devices available today are sufficient for our everyday interaction – in and out of our homes.The digital wallet will be a grandiose extension of our ‘analog’ wallet we carry in our back pocket today. It will hold our personal information, credit cards and account access, preferences and settings for our personal life and work, as well as our tasks, needs, and data like an augmented cyborg or as Thad Starner previously done, yet without the inconveniences.So as you leave your home, you will only NEED one thing to remember…your IoT wallet.Need to buy milk? Want to use the ATM? Need to catch a cab? Your wallet is with you, along with physical fingers or eyes to confirm any transaction.And when you get back home: unlock your door, sync your preferences with your TV, computer, Alexa or Google Home. When you fall asleep in the middle of the movie, your wallet will catch on and keep your spot for the next day binge or for when out of your home.The interesting thing is that this isn’t science fiction, and we are clearly not far off.IoT wallet interfaceAs the wallet uses embedded technology, it is a hub to facilitate a service only.No more installing application and software to “do things”, rather mini services or bots as we call them today which will come and go as we need them.But how do we interact with our ‘services’ using a wallet with no interface? Connected devices which we’re all been using and are accustomed to.Whether Bluetooth, RFid, or HotSpot connectivity, our interface interaction will take place mostly by voice – Alexa, Google Home, Cortana and Siri are already working on making your voice become a habit for everyday usage.The smarter earpieceAs interaction will be mostly by voice, we wouldn’t be able to go about our day if everyone around us will be talking to their wallet for all tasks and needs; it will be crazier than today. A few items need to be in place for appropriate Human-Computer-Interface (HCI):Throat conduction: increase accuracy without the need to shout; whether regular volume or whispering, as long audio leaves your mouth, verbal cues will be caught.Noise cancellation: of course, as everyone will be interacting with their wallet, your own wallet must avoid sounds beyond your own voice.Long-lasting: like today’s Bluetooth earpieces, battery life is long-lasting, charging time is short, and usage is simple.Connected…your wayIn the near future, we will depend on one device and have many devices as optional for additional services. The great thing will be the convenience of one must-have device, and each their own extras.Eran Abramson, Head of Marketing, KnowmailThe author is head of marketing at Knowmail, an artificially intelligent inbox assistant for professionals. He is an entrepreneur and creative with vast startup experience as well as mentoring and instructing venture creation and product management. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

People may tolerate corruption, but not arrogance: Goa BJP Chief

first_imgPanaji: Citing arrogance as the reason for the BJP’s debacle in the February 4 State Assembly elections, Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Vinay Tendulkar on Wednesday said, “People may accept corruption, but they will never tolerate arrogance.”Speaking to reporters, Mr. Tendulkar said the loss of connect between people and BJP MLAs, including Ministers, had caused the downfall. The party’s seat tally had slipped to 13 from 21 in the 40-member House in the Assembly polls.He also recalled party veteran L.K. Advani, who, as per Mr. Tendulkar, had warned party leadership in Goa years ago that people may tolerate corruption, they would never tolerate arrogance.Mr. Tendulkar said, “We have accepted the loss. We are in the process of analysing it. Our MLAs have spoken, our Chief Minister has also said that the relations between some MLAs and people were not right. In Goa, no one keeps [a politician] close if he turns arrogant.”In an interview with The Hindu on Wednesday, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar indicated that the party’s seat tally declined in Goa due to manifestation of people’s anger against some individuals, the magnitude of which he had failed to gauge.last_img read more

Polar bears turn to seabirds for sustenance

first_imgAs Arctic sea ice melts earlier each year, polar bears in some parts of Norway and Greenland are abandoning ice floes for dry land and their favorite meal—seals—for seabird eggs. The shift in diet could sound a death knell for popular nesting grounds of barnacle geese, eider ducks, and glaucous gulls, researchers warn this month in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.Calling the results the “cascading effects of climate change,” the team of European researchers found that over the course of the past 10 years, dramatic increases in summertime nest predation correlated with diminishing sea ice coverage in the Arctic Ocean. Their research combined NASA satellite imagery with on-the-ground observations at one seabird nesting site in northeast Greenland and four in the Svalbard archipelago of Norway. “[At our site] we had the first polar bear predation in 2004,” says Jouke Prop, an ornithologist from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, who was a principal author and led observations at Nordenskiöldkysten, one of the Norwegian sites. “In most of the years since, predation has been really severe.” He has observed polar bears eating more than 200 eggs in 2 hours, and last year no chicks or eggs of any species—barnacle geese, eiders, and glaucous gulls—survived.According to Prop, several dozen of Svalbard’s polar bears have learned when and where to return each year for the best meals. Although they compose a small percentage of the total bear population, their impact is catastrophic. Prop has calculated that a hungry bear can raid 50 nests in just an hour and a half, consuming enough for a 20-kilogram omelet—before sleeping for 12 to 16 hours and then awaking for another meal. 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At sites in southern Svalbard, bears are showing up at the nesting sites as early as mid-June. But as bears vie to be first on the scene, they will eventually arrive during the critical period when birds are just settling in, usually in early June, Prop predicts. And that may force birds to abandon their breeding colonies.“This paper ties it all together and shows a very clear relationship between the disappearance of sea ice and increasing predation intensity on seabirds,” says Andrew Derocher, a polar bear specialist and Arctic ecologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. In the long run, he says, the seabirds may outlast the bears. “What we’re seeing is probably a very transient effect on these seabird populations,” he says. As sea ice disappears, polar bear populations will crash harder than the seabirds.Meanwhile, the scientists are proving as adaptable as the bears. “We really had to get accustomed to this,” says Prop, a specialist in barnacle geese. When the bears started raiding the colonies he had been studying his whole life, he and other researchers were torn. Should they chase the bears off, as did another team he heard of in Canada? Or should they continue their observations, interfering with the colonies as little as possible? Eventually, they settled on the latter.“Initially the bears were destroying our main object of study—lifetime reproduction of geese. It was a blow, but then we realized bears were becoming part of our study,” Prop says. He marvels at what has happened since. “Ten years ago I would never have believed the situation we are now in, and it’s impossible to make predictions. Three or four years more, and then we are at the really critical point to see how the birds will react.”last_img read more