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Manatua Cable Manufacture Moves Forward

first_imgAvaroa Cable has passed the halfway mark in manufacture of the 3600km Manatua Cable, connecting Samoa and Tahiti with branches to Niue, Cook Island and Bora Bora.The fibre optic cable, its six branches for landings across Polynesia and the 32 repeaters, are being manufactured in a specialist facility in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA.Cable manufacture is on target for completion and final testing in September 2019. The cable will then be loaded on the ship for delivery to the South Pacific.Cable laying will start in Apia, Samoa later this year, following completion of the detailed marine survey work undertaken in June.The announcement complements separate activity by ACL in the Cook Islands to prepare for the cable arrival.Work is well advanced for the construction of the two cable landing stations, one each on Rarotonga and Aitutaki, with contracts now being in place for the cable landing stations and the cable land routes.Completion of the Trans Polynesian Information Superhighway is on target to be live in May 2020, the company noted.Dr Ranulf Scarbrough, ACL CEO and vice chair of the Manatua Cable Consortium said: “After many years of preparations, its fantastic to see the cable being manufactured at last, a clear sign that very soon Rarotonga and Aitutaki will be benefiting from world class, international fibre connections. This is a very busy period for ACL and the whole team are focused on ensuring the engineering preparations are undertaken to the highest standards.”last_img read more

No plans yet to evacuate Pinoys in China – Panelo

first_imgPresidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. GMA PHOTO MANILA – The Malacañang said on Sunday that there are no plans yet ofevacuating Filipinos based in Wuhan City, China, which is the epicenter of the2019 novel coronavirus outbreak.Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a radio interview that thegovernment cannot force Filipinos in the area to come back to the Philippines,given their employment.“Walatayong narinig na mayroong ganong patakaran si Presidente,” Panelosaid. “‘Yung Filipino na nasa ibang bansa, they are workingthere. If they feel that they are safe, hindimo mapapaalis ‘yun don, kasilivelihood nila ‘yun.”As of Sunday, 56 people have been confirmeddead, while close to 2,000 have fallen ill across China due to the newcoronavirus strain.“Siyempre,‘yung lugar na pinagtratrabahuan nila, mayroon ding ginagawa ang mgaauthority doon para hindi kumalat,”Panelo said. “Ang payo natin doon ehkung ano ‘yung mga precaution naibinibigay ng mga local authorities, gagawinnila para hindi sila magkasakit.”Department of Health (DOH) secretary FranciscoDuque, meanwhile, has called on the media to avoid the spread of falseinformation about the said coronavirus.“I call upon the responsible media practitionersin our midst that let’s not be used by unscrupulous groups whose agenda is topropagate ‘info-demic’,” Duque said in a media briefing at the Palace on Monday.“Info-demic means the spread of false orbaseless pieces of information. Let’s not be a party to such a propagation,because, otherwise, this problem, this misinformation can be more viral thanthe virus that we all are guarding against,” he added.The coronavirus outbreak, which was firstidentified in December, has caused alarm because it is still too early to knowhow dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people. And because it isnew, humans have not been able to build any immunity against it.China has instituted an“unprecedented” lockdown in some cities with millions of populationin an attempt to curb the spread of the illness. Meanwhile, there are stillzero cases of coronavirus in the country, Duque said./PNlast_img read more

19-year-old lad hangs self

first_imgILOILO City – He was found dead hanging inside their house in Barangay Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo district. Prior to the incident, the victim posted a note on his Facebook account in which he asked sorry to his friends and families. Lirazan’s lifeless body was discovered by his mother Nelly around 7 a.m. on May 21, it added. The 19-year-old Ermemoso Lirazan was believed to have committed suicide, a police report showed. Officers of the Arevalo have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PNlast_img read more

Reds Caravan

first_imgLast Thursday the Reds Caravan came to the “Y” in Batesville.  I was again privileged to MC the event for WRBI.  The Reds contingent consisted of Dick Williams, Jeff Brantley, Jim Kelch, Billy Hamilton, Glenn Braggs, Jess Winker, and Joe Zerhusen.Each member of the tour was given an opportunity to answer questions about their roll with the Reds.  A lot of the questions I asked dealt with the Reds struggles trying to sign players in these high-salaried times.  Other things discussed were goals of the active players, rotation of play-by-play announcers, and the strength of the National League’s Central Division.The crowd was great, the Reds’ representatives signed autographs constantly, and there were great positive vibes by the Reds on their enthusiasm for 2015.  A great time was had by all!last_img read more

Local group offers Ham Radio training course

first_imgMadison, In.— Starting in February, the Local Amateur Radio Club Presents Free Ham Radio License Training Course.This is the entry-level ham license is required to become an Amateur Radio Operator.Amateur Radio Service operators develop valuable skills that can be used for public service to provide emergency and disaster communications or to converse with others around the world for fun.Whether it’s for emergencies, experimentation or just plain fun, the Technician Class license will help you get started in this exciting hobby of Ham Radio.The Royal Rangers Amateur Radio Club is offering this training course for everyone in the area and is open to the public.Interested individuals of all ages from youth to senior citizens and everyone in between are encouraged to participate.Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6:00 – 8:30 PM, running for nine weeks starting February 4, 2019, at the Madison Assembly of God Church, Family Life Center, located at 1636 Clifty Drive in Madison Indiana.In order to earn the Technician license, it requires passing one examination totaling 35 questions on radio theory, regulations and operating practices.The written examination establishes your level of operational and technical ability in performing properly the duties of an amateur service licensee. It only takes a 70% score to earn a license.There is no charge for the class. The only expense involved will be a $15.00 examination fee for the test.Details will be available at the first class session.There are books and study guides available for purchase from outside sources to help with your learning.These vary in cost and are offered by various suppliers. We will be using the ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, 4th edition.It is not mandatory you have the manual but highly recommended.Early registration is suggested as seating may be limited and final arrangements need to be made as soon as possible.For more information or to sign-up for the training contact Jerry Barnes by email at ka9pij@cinergymetro.net or by phone 812-569-8925.last_img read more

Son of ‘Boof’ has Maxwell looking over his shoulder

first_imgBy Ian RansomMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Ashes auditions for Australia’s vacant number six spot have seen a number of leading candidates fluff their lines in the domestic Sheffield Shield but Jake Lehmann’s strong form could force an awkward decision at the selectors’ table where his father sits.Lehmann, the son of Australia coach Darren, has been closely watched since emerging with a trio of first class centuries in the 2015/16 season, and has built a respectable first class average of 44.95 from 29 matches with South Australia (SA).He struck his sixth first-class century with a first-innings 103 against Victoria and backed that up with a 93 to be awarded Player-of-the-Match as SA fell two wickets short of an outright victory on Tuesday.Another big score in the third round could force his father ‘Boof’ out of the room when selectors discuss the squad for the first Ashes Test in Brisbane starting November 23.Even as the 25-year-old pressed his claims, Victoria batsman Glenn Maxwell, probably the strongest candidate for the middle order position, was fighting his own battle to win favour, scoring 64 after managing 60 in the first innings.Dismissed cheaply twice in the opening defeat to Queensland, all-rounder Maxwell’s twin half-centuries may go some way to easing doubts about his consistency.Maxwell struck a fine century when batting number six in Ranchi against India in March but has failed to reach 50 in seven Test innings since.POSITIVE SIGNSFew others, barring 23-Test Shaun Marsh, who hit a 91 for Western Australia (WA) against a Test-quality New South Wales (NSW) attack, have raised their hand for an Ashes spot.Marsh’s state team mate and younger brother Mitchell has managed only 46 runs so far in the Shield, the fast-bowling all-rounder failing twice against NSW.Another WA all-rounder Hilton Cartwright, who played at number six in Australia’s last Test against Bangladesh, crashed out with a pair of ducks and would appear out of the running.Questions over the wicketkeeper position also remain, with Matthew Wade failing to shore up his spot with a decent score for Tasmania and his NSW rival Peter Nevill doing little with the bat to dislodge him.Australia’s attack, by contrast, is settled and has been humming along nicely, with pace spearhead Mitchell Starc firing an ominous Ashes warning with a pair of hat-tricks for NSW in the same match against WA.Starc’s performance moved fellow left-armer Mitchell Johnson, the man who terrorised England’s batsmen during the 5-0 whitewash in the 2013/14 series, to tweet his approval.“Seriously 2 hat-tricks in the same game … Now time to rip in to the poms,” wrote Johnson.Starc’s NSW team mate and Test captain Steve Smith was also impressed, but spread the praise around to fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.“I thought he bowled like an absolute genius, he’s a superstar,” Smith said of Hazlewood’s six-wicket haul.“Patty Cummins has had a couple of good games as well so they’re up and going and bowling really well. So that is positive signs for us.”last_img read more

Ireland and Scotland set for battle in Euro 2016 qualifier.

first_imgIreland will hope to maintain their unbeaten start to Euro qualifying Group D when they take on Scotland tonight.A win for Martin O’Neill’s men would move them 6 points clear of the Scots and in a strong position to qualify and the manager feels last month’s heroics in Gelsenkirchen have boosted the squad.In the absence of James McCarthy, Derby’s Jeff Hendrick is in line for a start in midfield for the game in Glasgow. Kick off at Parkhead is at 7.45At the same time, Germany play host to group minnows, Gibraltar in Nuremburg. While at 5 o’clock Poland are away to Georgia.last_img read more

Piqué’s eFootball.Pro plan global esports league with KONAMI

first_img“We want to bind the best of both worlds to bring the public a new entertainment model that they love since the first day.” The competition will be played using KONAMI’s PES series. Hideki Hayakawa, CEO of Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd, noted: ‘eFootball.Pro’s unique position in eSports, combined with its strong football leadership, will allow us to deliver a fresh way for customers to enjoy our products. We are thrilled to collaborate with eFootball.Pro’.The press release concludes by stating that in alliance with the ‘global vision of the project’, the Chinese company Desports will also be involved and play an important role in the expansion of the competition throughout China. Esports Insider says: This is an odd but interesting one as we’ve precious little information to go on beyond the fact that eFootball.Pro and KONAMI have partnered up and will be launching a global esports competition. The release ends by stating more information will be unveiled soon, so we’ll keep tabs on this one and give more information as soon as it drops. Esports company eFootball.Pro and the developer behind the Pro Evolution franchise, KONAMI, have reached an agreement to create an esports competition. The press release stated that ‘the league will be international and broadcasted all around the world’. Gerard Piqué, eFootball.Pro President and FC Barcelona player, said of the announcement: “The goal is to drive all that makes traditional football the king of sports, towards electronic football, towards eSports’. The company (eFootball.Pro) was briefly in the esports spotlight some months back after news broke of its formation and the fact that it has Spanish international and Barca player Gerard Piqué as its President. The company was seeking professionals with a knowledge of both esports and football across a variety of roles in March, from business development to content creation, though this is the only news we’ve heard since that time. last_img read more

Vedad Ibišević Stays in Stuttgart

first_imgBosnian Herzegovinian striker Vedad Ibišević will play the next season in Stuttgart, was announced by German Bild.The decision was made by the coach Armin Veh and he does not intend to sell our footballer because Ibišević is currently the only classic striker.“We do not have intention to change anything, we have Vedad Ibišević, Tim Werner, Daniel Ginzecka and Martin Harnik, who can also play forward, and that is it is enough of strikers”, said sports director Jöcher Schneider.Only Werner is currently available to Veh, since Ginzeck and Harnik have problems with injuries, and Ibišević will join the team on July 18th  after he finishes with the vacation after the World Cup. (Source: SportCentar)last_img read more

Wooden Lion turns his gaze on Lion’s (Century) Park, thanks to Denny Leak and his chainsaw

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Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago I have watched this come about as I drive by here daily. Awesome work and very much appreciated. A great addition to the walking park. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Priscilla Rinehart · 240 weeks ago I worked with Denny 20+ years ago. Glad to find this out about him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down M. Cortez · 240 weeks ago This wooden line looks really cool. It does not give a wooden touch. It looks so elegant and so nice. Also color is amazing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down carol v · 240 weeks ago What a terrific addition to this park! Love it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down dave · 240 weeks ago good job i think this lion is very cool and couldn’t be in a better place this is more of what wellington needs something to lighten the mood!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Susan DeMayo · 50 weeks ago Please send this to Mr Leer.This tree has turned into a beautiful peace of art. 12 years ago my son sat by this tree and went to heaven it has taken me years to just be able to drive by this park now I will go and sit to a result of love and beauty instead of deep heart ache. Thank you for your talent and your admiration to help and guide people. Susan DeMayo. Caldwell Ks Report Reply 1 reply · active 36 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Denny Leak · 36 weeks ago Dear Susan, Just by accident, I saw your comments today. It gave me goosebumps. I am touched by your message. Did you read the little plaque I put on the Lion. I knew about your story and I tried to leave a message of hope and encouragement. Bless your heart. Peace! Denny Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Denny Leak has been working hard on the wooden lion statue at Century Park, formerly known as Lions Park, in Wellington. With the recent storms and colder weather, it may be a month or more before the job is complete, but the lion statue is getting closer and definitely has the lion look.  Leak said he put a coat of linseed oil on the face and head area so the wood would not turn white when rain comes. He has also painted the eyes green. “I think it’s really going great,” he said. “I still have work to do on the body.” Leak was originally going to be paid by the city, but funds have run out, so he will not be getting paid. He had agreed to do the statue for the park board earlier. He does have some expense involved, which is mostly supplies for the saw and materials to put on the wood. In light of that he has created a Go Fund Me page (CLICK HERE TO DONATE) where people can make donations to the project. Leak said he would donate half of what is received will go to services for children he works with. Leak has been a child or school psychologist for a long time. He is also known to work with autistic children in a state program. He does things like take the children to a restaurant to learn how to order food, or go to a zoo, or other field trips. The field trips are not paid for by the programs. He started this project a few weeks ago, and has worked when he had time. The works is done primarily with a chain saw, but Leak uses other tools for detail. He did the eyes with a smaller tool, and twice sanded it off because he was not happy with how it looked.Denny Leak was originally going to be paid by the city of Wellington. Now he has set up a Go Fund Me page.That has made the eyes deeper though, and it gives the statue more depth, so he is still happy with it.  The project came about when the city was going to take out a large maple tree. The park board arranged with him to do a statue. He marked the tree as to what should be left, and the city took out the rest of the tree. It is a big older maple tree, which is great for sculpting. He said he was not sure what to make there, but his wife suggested a lion because it is (or was) the Lion’s’ Club park. “It is solid maple,” Leak said. “I am real excited because you can really see the maple wood.” Leak will use oil stain to darken the lion’s mane. The natural maple is a good color for the rest of the body. He has been carving things out of wood with a chainsaw for years, getting his start years ago clearing trees on his father’s farm in Colorado. His wife suggested making a bear, and he did. That went well, so there were more projects. At Wellington Lake, near the headquarters, there is a large walleye carved out of cedar, which is also his work.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more