Two nations booed on a grand opening night for the XV Pacific Games

first_imgBoth were cheered on and booed later and this has been attributed to negative reports shared on social media.Fiji is reported to have complained about the water at the Games Village and the New Zealand football team about the accommodation standards at the Games Village and are therefore staying at hotel.Pacific Games Council Executive Director Andrew Minogue has stayed at the Village and has commended the Games Organising Committee (GOC) for an excellent Games Village.Some visiting technical officials from other Pacific nations including those from Fiji who have been in the Village since last week have been using tap water in the Village and have not complained.PNG Today has reported that Papua New Guineas, water company Eda Ranu CEO Henry Mokono has refuted claims by Team Fiji about the water supplied to the games venues, by saying PNG’s water through Eda Ranu is best in the Pacific and rank 10th in the World standard. It’s the safest water to drink during Pacific games.He said his company delivers safe, quality water to residents every day in the city brushed aside negative comments made by the Team Fiji.“My team were never consulted before the report went out. I am seriously concerned that such visitors coming into this country would judge Papua New Guinea by its cover and not look deeper to see what’s happening,” he said. …PACNEWSlast_img read more

Chelsea legend John Terry turns down move to Spartak Moscow

first_imgJohn Terry has turned down a move to Spartak Moscow, the former Chelsea and England defender has announced.The 37-year-old, who is a free agent following his exit from Aston Villa at the end of last season, is understood to have had a medical in Rome on Friday ahead of a proposed deal with the Russian club, but has had a change of heart. RANKED targets Terry remains a free agent moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 targets IN DEMAND LATEST TRANSFER NEWS The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED LATEST Terry has been without a club since leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season.Again taking to Instagram, Terry said: “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow.“I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.“They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism.“But after assessing this move with my family, we’ve decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time.“Good Luck Spartak.”Terry left Villa after they lost the Championship play-off final to Fulham at the end of May and has been on the look-out for a new club, keeping himself fit over the summer.He has received several offers and has been linked with a return to Villa Park, with Steve Bruce still looking for an experienced central defender.The former Three Lions captain can still sign for any club despite the transfer window being shut as he is a free agent.last_img read more

Senate Committee Clears Carson for Full Vote

first_img Share The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday recommended the nomination of Dr. Ben Carson as the 17th HUD Secretary be sent to the U.S. Senate floor for a full vote.The 65-year-old Carson was announced as President Donald Trump’s pick for HUD Secretary in late November about three weeks after Trump was elected. Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, became a household name in 2015 when he began a campaign to win the Republican presidential nomination as a rival of Donald Trump.“The Senate Banking Committee saw in Dr. Carson the qualifications, ability, and spirit needed to excel in the position of HUD Secretary,” said Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado, a former executive with Wells Fargo and Freddie Mac. “I trust that a full confirmation of Dr. Carson will be forthcoming and that Congress can begin working with Dr. Carson to solve the problems facing American homeowners today.”Carson was raised in the inner city of Detroit and is passionate about revitalizing urban areas across the country. At the same time, he was considered a curious choice for HUD Secretary because he has never served in a government position and also because he has been critical of the Obama Administration’s final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule passed in 2015.Dr. Ben Carson“Dr. Carson is not the nominee that I would have chosen. I assume he’s not the nominee that really any of you would have chosen, because I think you all care about housing policy and most of you have some depth of understanding and knowledge of housing policy,” said Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Committee, in Tuesday’s executive session. “I say that I would not have chosen him because of his lack of experience and his often troubling public statements over the last three years, but despite my reservations, my disagreements with some of his positions, I’ll give Dr. Carson the benefit of the doubt. I plan to vote for him based on commitments he’s made to me in person and made in testimony in written responses to this Committee.”The Hill on Tuesday reported that Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), after a tough line of questioning for Carson two weeks ago in the Senate Banking Committee confirmation hearing, expressed her support of Carson for the HUD role based on promises Carson made regarding protecting the LGBT community from discrimination in housing, reduce lead exposure in public housing, and not to play favorites when granting public housing contracts, according to the Hill.“In light of these promises, I support Dr. Carson’s nomination, and look forward to working with him to ensure that he follows through on his commitments,” Warren said in a statement, according to the Hill.Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) read excerpts from some of the 20 letters he said the Committee received in support of Carson, including one from former HUD Secretaries Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez.“Dr. Carson’s experience will help him navigate and tackle the challenges that HUD currently faces and HUD will benefit from having a Secretary with a different perspective and a diverse background, and I’m excited to support Dr. Carson to become the 17th Secretary of HUD,” Crapo said.Carson calmly answered questions from Senate Banking Committee members about his background and qualifications for the HUD Secretary position in a confirmation hearing that lasted nearly nearly three hours on January 12.“Throughout my life, I have done things that many deemed impossible,” Carson said in his confirmation hearing two weeks ago. “I pledge to work with this Committee and the dedicated career staff at HUD to solve difficult, seemingly obstinate issues and address the needs of those who rely on the services provided by HUD.”Click here to view a webcast of Tuesday’s executive session. January 24, 2017 1,283 Views Share Ben Carson Dr HUD Secretary U.S. Senate 2017-01-24 Seth Welborn Senate Committee Clears Carson for Full Vote in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more