Tsiamalili made this statement during a visit to the two venues this week.The visit was with members of the Infrastructure Project Steering Committee (IPSC) as part of its weekly meet, and which Tsiamalili chairs.The IPSC comprises of key technical officials that include the Department of Treasury, Department of Finance, Department of National Planning, Central Supply Tenders Board (CSTB), and the FIFA Local Organising Committee.This weekly meet is to ensure that the required support committed by the respective government agencies and contractors in areas of construction and refurbishment of the stadiums as well as upgrading of fields at all training venues are implemented.“The Departments of Finance, Treasury and Planning have been tremendous in their hands-on support for this world event so far.“At this stage, the need for the full draw down of funds from the National Government is crucial. This will ensure that we meet our deadline in 30 days and get our games over the line,” said Tsiamalili.
Several Olympic events were postponed or rescheduled as strong winds swept through the Pyeongchang region on Wednesday, damaging temporary structures set up for the Games.Nordic combined, biathlon and Alpine skiing events were postponed or delayed due to weather conditions, Olympic organisers said as they rejigged the competition schedule and worked to limit damage sustained around venues.At the Gangneung Ice Arena, the venue for figure skating and short track speed skating, a tent set up for security screenings lay flat on the pavement.Olympic volunteers and reporters trudged with their backs to the wind, shielding their faces from the dust.The Korea Meteorological Administration said on its website that winds in the region were blowing at 7 m/s as of 17:30 (0830 GMT).In text messages sent to mobile phones in the coastal area, Gangneung City Hall called for people to be wary of flying objects and falling debris.The streets of the Gangneung Media Village, where the majority of international journalists covering the Games are staying, were deserted except for a few security officials trying to fix damage to temporary structures. Several tents used as work areas for the press were closed.Athletes have also felt the effects of the treacherous winds.Canadian pairs figure skater Meagan Duhamel wrote on Twitter that the hanger she used for her competition dress “broke from the wind” ahead of the short programme on Wednesday in which she and partner Eric Radford finished third.
Liverpool maintained pressure on table-topping Manchester City with three second-half goals sealing a comfortable 3-0 victory at Watford on Saturday.After a largely uneventful first half, Mohamed Salah put the ball past Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster in the 67th minute before England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a stunning second goal.The 20-year-old beat Foster with a brilliant whipped free kick from 25 metres nine minutes later, before his international team mate Jordan Henderson was dismissed for a second bookable offence.Liverpool were not hindered by their numerical disadvantage, however, with Roberto Firmino adding a late third goal as the visitors extended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season to 13 games.Juergen Klopp’s side remain second with 33 points and trail Champions City by two points after Pep Guardiola’s side beat West Ham United 4-0 on Saturday. Watford slipped to eighth after a third game without victory.
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1 Theo Walcott scored the only goal as Arsenal beat Wolfsburg to win the Emirates Cup for the first time in five years.The 26-year-old England international hit the winner in the second half of a low-key 1-0 victory.Arsenal were favourites to win their own friendly competition, but Villarreal’s 2-0 victory over Lyon meant the Gunners had to beat last season’s Bundesliga runners-up to lift the trophy.Mesut Ozil was the only player retained from Saturday’s 6-0 hammering over Lyon as Arsene Wenger rotated his starting line-upPetr Cech – making his first appearance at the Emirates following a summer move from Chelsea – should have been tested early on but former Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner failed to control Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.Wolfsburg continued to press in the early exchanges and came close when Christian Trasch’s low shot was deflected behind by Nacho Monreal.Walcott, deployed in his preferred central striker position, had Arsenal’s best chance of the first half when he was played in by Ozil and forced a good stop from Diego Benaglio.The former Southampton graduate did have the ball in the net after 33 minutes, but his lofted effort was correctly chalked off for offside.World Cup winner Ozil was having a much quieter afternoon but almost steered Monreal’s low cross past Benaglio as the first half drew to a close, with neither side having crafted a clear-cut chance to break the deadlock.Chuba Akpom replaced Ozil at the break, which saw Walcott move to the right flank.Despite his shift, the Englishman was the man to open the scoring five minutes into the second half as he picked up Jeff Reine-Adelaide’s pass and finished coolly to put Arsenal ahead.De Bruyne – a reported £60m target for Manchester City – fired high and wide as the visitors looked to respond, with Ricardo Rodriguez stinging the palms of Cech on the hour mark.Cech was again on hand to push Josuha Guilavogui’s drilled effort behind for a corner as every touch for the Czech Republic international was met with cheers from the home fans.Wenger introduced Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the bench late on but Walcott’s goal proved to be enough for the Gunners.Next up for Arsenal is next Sunday’s Community Shield showdown with Chelsea. Then-Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta lifts the Emirates Cup
THERE’S something about the smell of a wildfire on the crisp, dry wind of October in Southern California that instantly transports me back to my days as a kid reporter in the “Inland Empire.” It was the early 1990s and I was working for the Riverside Press-Enterprise in the far-flung bureau of Banning (near the Morongo Casino and those life-sized dinosaurs). My beat stretched for miles and included the wide pass area and the adjacent stretches of San Bernardino mountains on one side, the San Jacinto mountains on the other. I soon discovered that this near-desert territory had four distinct seasons – winter, spring, summer and fire. Whenever the Santa Ana winds would come roaring through the pass in late summer and autumn, anything remotely hot could spark a fire. A cigarette tossed out of a speeding car on Interstate 10, the sparks from an arcing transformer, or the lightning from frequent, freaky flash-rain storms. One time, a devastating fire was inadvertently set by someone’s lawn mower. But the gigantafires that we experienced this week and four years ago in Southern California are part of a new and not so happy phenomenon, one likely to become common in the 21st century. In particularly fortuitous moment, “60 Minutes” aired a segment last Sunday night about megafires in the American Southwest even as one was forming in Southern California. I rarely watch the show, but had just spent two hours glued to live news coverage of the fires and didn’t have the energy to change the channel when the program began. Good thing, because it helped put in context the conflagrations exploding all around me. At the time of the firestorms of 2003, in which 22 people died and more than 3,000 buildings were destroyed, this type of monster blaze seemed an aberration brought on by a rare confluence of just the right factors. Apparently, I was wrong. Tom Boatner, chief of fire operations for the federal government, told the newsmagazine that fires are getting bigger and worse. In reference to a blaze this summer in Idaho, he said: “A fire of this size and this intensity in this country would have been extremely rare 15, 20 years ago. They’re commonplace these days.” Environmentalists and fire officials are noting that the megafires are a result of the perfect storm of a climate change, overenthusiastic land management, massive development and super-dry conditions that make the wet season shorter and the fire season longer. “Fires are burning hotter and bigger, becoming more damaging and dangerous to people and to property,” U.S. Forest Service Chief Gail Kimbell told the San Francisco Chronicle last week. “Each year the fire season comes earlier and lasts longer.” What does this all mean? Clearly, it means Southern California, and in fact all of the Southwest, should get used to regular firestorms, just as the people of the Banning pass used to be used to the regular, and now comparatively mild brush fires of yore. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. She blogs at www.insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. Write to her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As the cops reporter, part of my responsibility was covering the region’s fires. During fire season, I often came home reeking of smoke after chasing California Department of Forestry crews down bumpy fire roads in the middle of the night, trying to get a handle on what was burning. Even for years after I stopped covering fires, that smell, like 1,000 crackling campfires, still had the power to wake me up in the middle of the night, ready to throw on some old jeans, jump into my car and follow the smoke. This musing does actually have a point, one that seems awfully relevant as much of Southern California was so recently reduced to a smoldering cinder. And this is it: Although I spent most of my life in Southern California – my younger years in the badly burned San Diego, and many of my adult ones chasing brush fires around Riverside and San Bernardino counties – I have never experienced anything like the firestorms of 2004 or 2007. Never. Not that I didn’t want to. The unfortunate truth about journalists is that – shamefully, secretly – part of us wants every bad situation to get worse. It just makes for a better story. But, thankfully, that never happened. The few “devastating” fires I’ve covered ate up a few isolated mountain communities and relatively little acreage, which bounced back within a couple of years. And sure, California has had some bad fires, like the Old Topanga Fire in which more than 200 homes burned in Malibu, and the Oakland Hills fire. Those fires were notable, however, not because they were huge, but because they occurred in such heavily populated areas.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The walk will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 11 with an opening ceremony featuring a Marine Corps League color guard in the library’s courtyard. The walk will be about 1.8 miles, mostly downhill, to the Rancho Madera Community Park. “We’re really proud to be sponsoring a walk this year, and we hope it can become an annual event,” said Melissa Giller, the library’s director of communications. “We want people of all ages to come out.” Small U.S. flags and T-shirts will be given to the first few hundred people who register at www.militaryconnection.com. Also, through the entire month of September, the library will accept small gifts to be shipped to members of the armed services overseas. Giller said the library wants to send things such as snacks and entertainment items such as CDs, video games and prepaid phone cards. SIMI VALLEY – Hundreds of people are expected to gather at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on 9-11 for one of more than 100 Freedom Walks across the nation, held to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and show support for the nation’s service members. A Washington, D.C., walk is scheduled for Sept. 10, sponsored by the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, and more than 100 similar events are scheduled in 49 states. “This is a wonderful way to show our support; Simi Valley is a very patriotic city and a wonderful community to have this event,” said Debbie Gregory, president of Military Connection, an Internet-based resource for information for service members and their families that is sponsoring the event with the Reagan Library. “We need to remember and honor those people who died,” Gregory said. “We also need to honor our troops. The men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan need to know that American people support them and their families.” For more information about giving gifts, call the library at (800) 410-8354. The library is at 40 Presidential Drive in Simi Valley. email@example.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Midwesterner Gerald R. Ford left the White House 30 years ago to retire in Southern California’s celebrity desert playground. Former Ambassador Walter Annenberg coaxed Ford to the Coachella Valley, home to Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore and Bing Crosby, among others. This is where President Dwight D. Eisenhower played golf in the 1950s and Ronald Reagan spent New Year’s Eve when he was president. Part of each year Ford hit the ski slopes near his Colorado home and the rest of the year played golf in the desert. He was a regular at the Bob Hope golf tournament each year. Although Ford left politics, he never really retired. He was active in the community raising money for the Betty Ford Center, the substance-abuse treatment facility named after his beloved wife of 58 years, as well as many charity efforts in the region. “He was a monumental force. He never really retired,” said neighbor Vincent Monteleon, 51. “He did enormous things for the Coachella Valley. He put the city on the map.” Monteleon said it was a thrill to go to the post office and hear someone ask, “Any mail for the president today?” “We loved him,” the neighbor said. Ford’s death hit desert residents hard. A candle flickered at dawn atop his marker on the Walk of Stars on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Flags were lowered to half-staff outside exclusive gated communities. “I don’t think it’s really settled in yet. He was such a jewel in Rancho Mirage,” said Sharon Kite, wife of Rancho Mirage Mayor Richard Kite. “He got involved from the minute he got into town. He was a very amazing man, and he had that adorable smile.” The mayor said Rancho Mirage will truly miss the former president. “He’s probably been the No. 1 person in raising money for charity in the Coachella Valley,” Richard Kite said. “He was a kind and gentle person. He meant a lot to the community.” Rancho Mirage, with more than 15,000 permanent residents and a winter home to more than 11,000 people, was incorporated in 1973. Affluent, its golf greens contrast with arid mountainsides and a 5-mile fence keeps endangered wild bighorn sheep away from homes and streets. The history page of the city Web site notes, along with visits by Presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, that in 1977 Ford bought his home. That same year, it adds, “President Ford hits second person in one month with a golf ball.” The Fords lived since then along the links at Thunderbird Country Club. The single-story estate is at the end of a small street behind a wrought iron gate and a Secret Service kiosk. In the first decades of his retirement from politics he worked from an office filled with photographs and memorabilia and a desk with a carved wooden nameplate reading, “Gerald R. Ford.” There was no computer in sight and in a corner was a 1970s-era stereo system and turntable. The office overlooks the golf course where Ford would simply walk out and play. Other golfers would pass within a hundred feet of the former president’s home. His golfing waned with age and infirmity. Ford turned 93 on July 14 and 121 days later became the oldest president, besting the record held by Reagan. “The length of one’s days matters less than the love of one’s family and friends,” Ford said in a statement at the time. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Hibs boss Neil Lennon accused him of feigning a headbutt to get Darren McGregor sent off. Emerson Hyndman could be targeted by former Rangers boss Mark Warburton, although he might have to fight Celtic for his services if the weekend’s story is anything to go by. STV It has been such a saga that even Kenny Miller is getting bored of the ongoing new contract story. The Rangers striker is starting to fear a deal will not be on the table now new boss Pedro Caixinha is in because there has yet to be an indication this late in the season.Across the city you might be thinking Brendan Rodgers has had too much title-winning Champagne, saying he wants to unite Celtic and Rangers fans. Meanwhile, Morton striker Kudus Oyenuga has been told he will not face any punishment for his part in the Easter Road melee last week.
Torbey, Hansen hit for hat trick as Columbus Catholic soccer wins WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal
Dons blank Nekoosa, will host regional final SaturdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Nadim Torbey scored just 1½ minutes into the game to set the tone early for the Marshfield Columbus Catholic soccer team, which went on to whip Nekoosa 9-0 in a WIAA Division 4 boys soccer regional semifinal Thursday at Griese Park.Torbey added another goal in the 19th minute, and the Dons had three more goals before halftime to take a 5-0 lead.Torbey and Noah Hansen each hit for a hat trick for the Dons (19-2). Calvin Brown had a goal and three assists, Ryan Dieringer scored a goal and added an assist, and Nick Malovrh had Columbus’ other goal in the win.Columbus will host the winner of the La Crosse Aquinas-Stevens Point Pacelli game at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Griese Park in a D-4 regional final.“At the beginning we were a little high on adrenaline, and we were putting a lot of shots over, but we settled down and put them on frame at least,” Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards said. “Then the goals came naturally with some nice passes.”The Dons, like has been the case for most of the season, dominated play. Columbus had a whopping 58 total shots, 28 on goal, while limiting Nekoosa to just one shot and none on goal.Edwards said the Dons are healthy and playing at a high level, which will be needed in the regional final and beyond.“We don’t really have anyone dinged up right now, most of the starters are in good shape, their fitness level is good, and we should be in good shape for Saturday,” Edwards said.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 9, Papermakers 0Nekoosa 0 0 – 0Columbus Catholic 5 4 – 9First half: 1. CC, Nadim Torbey (Calvin Brown), 1:33; 2. CC, Torbey (Brown), 18:25; 3. CC, Brown (Alex Giles), 28:10; 4. CC, Ryan Dieringer (Kellen Heinzen), 34:02; 5. CC, Noah Hansen (Dieringer), 39:30.Second half: 6. CC, Torbey (Brown), 53:55; 7. CC, Nick Malovrh (Charles Payant), 57:03; 8. CC, Hansen, 76:30; 9. CC, Hansen (Dieringer), 80:13.Total shots: Nekoosa 1; Columbus Catholic 58.Shots on goal: Nekoosa 0; Columbus Catholic 28.Corner kicks: Nekoosa 0; Columbus Catholic 9.Records: Nekoosa not provided; Columbus Catholic 19-2.