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Madang picked to stage world surfing event

first_imgThis world surfing event is expected to attract 300 people including athletes, tourists, officials and international media.The event is scheduled for the 2016-2017 season which starts in November 2016 and runs  to April 2017. Exact dates for the event are yet to be confirmed.WSL representative Steve Robertson is in the country to assess the TSC site at Ulingan Bay which is located about 180 kilometres north of Madang Town.The club is a two hour scenic drive from Madang Airport by sealed road along the north coast of Madang.Robertson is accompanied by Surfing Association PNG (SAPNG) patron and founder of TSC Justice Nicholas Kirriwom and SAPNG president Andrew Abel.The team travelled out today and will be there for four days to assess the logistics including security issues, accommodation and the surf site, meet the locals and discuss all the planning and event management.“It has been a nine year process to get this far since SAPNG staged its last national titles in 2011 at Tupira and we believe we are ready to invite the world here to PNG,” Abel said.Robertson says he is privileged to be in the country and thanked SAPNG for the invitation.“I have heard so much about how great the surf is and how beautiful the coastline is so I’m looking forward to visiting the area,” said Robertson.Justice Kirriwom said on behalf of TSC they’re honoured to have been chosen out of 11 other surfing clubs in the country and are looking forward to the event.last_img read more

Nolan bans Oakley from MSG; Ex-Knick tweets thanks to fans

first_imgA New York Knicks fan holds a “Ban James Dolan” sign during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Knicks and the Denver Nuggets, Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York.The Nuggets won 131-123. (Photo by MARY ALTAFFER/AP)NEW YORK — Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Charles Oakley from the arena Friday, though said he was open to reconciling with the former Knicks forward.In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Michael Kay, Dolan also confirmed a report that he had fired the Garden’s security chief, two nights after Oakley was forcefully removed from his seat and arrested at a Knicks game. Dolan said the firing of the security head stemmed from more than just the handling of the incident.ADVERTISEMENT Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study “We are going to put the ban in place and hopefully it won’t be forever,” Dolan said.The Knicks have been criticized by current and former NBA players, as well as some of their fans, for the treatment of Oakley during the game that was televised nationally on ESPN. Fans chanted his name during a New York Rangers hockey game on Thursday, and earlier in Friday’s game there were chants of “We want Oakley!” and “Free Charles Oakley!”Dolan praised Oakley as a great Knick and said he hoped that the power forward would be able to join his former teammates to be honored on the court someday.But he said Oakley first must address what he characterized as anger and perhaps alcohol issues, adding that the team would help if asked.“He should be up there being recognized because the fans do love him,” Dolan said. “But this behavior just doesn’t work with that.”ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Oakley maintains he did nothing wrong before arena security approached him his seat Wednesday, just a few rows behind Dolan. On Friday, reported that Frank Benedetto , the senior vice president for security at the Madison Square Garden Company, was fired Friday.“That was just a situation where the person didn’t work out and this was probably the last straw,” Dolan said. “We’re obviously looking at everything that we did here along the way and what happened, and that’s one of the casualties.”Oakley played for the Knicks from 1988-98, helping them become one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. But they have been one of the worst franchises of the last 15 years, and Oakley’s criticisms of the team and management has led to a strained relationship with the organization.“This is not just a day-before-yesterday incident. We’ve had a relationship with Charles since he retired and left the Knicks, right, and every time we have tried, right, to do, to patch things up with him, to mend things with him, we invite him to games, that every time it ends the same way, right: abusive, disrespectful,” Dolan said. “And we eventually gave up, right, and we stopped trying to reach out for him.”Oakley is no longer comped tickets or invited to official team functions, though still goes a few times a year when he buys his own tickets. He was there only a matter of minutes Wednesday before the altercation that included him hitting one security guard in the face and shoving at least one other before he was dragged away and handcuffed.“The manner in which Mr. Oakley has been treated is troubling and he intends to pursue all legal rights and remedies he may have,” attorney David Z. Chesnoff said in a statement. “We look forward to resolving this matter and welcome anyone who may have additional information, photographs, or videos of the events that took place to contact us.”The Knicks contend the trouble with Oakley on Wednesday started even before he reached his seat, and Dolan said in the interview that Garden officials never should have let him get there.“It’s very clear to us, right, that Charles Oakley came to the Garden with an agenda, right, with a mission in mind, and from the moment he stepped into the Garden, and I mean the moment he walked through the first set of doors, he began with this behavior, abusive behavior, disrespectful behavior,” Dolan said.While Dolan understands why fans are so supportive of Oakley, because of the way he played and how much more the Knicks won, he feels he can’t allow anyone in the building who can ruin the experience for others.“The same people that fans who come to the game tonight, who are going to help those fans, right, find their seats, get them food, try to make them comfortable, they were abused and abused not — in really horrible, right, angry, nasty way, with racially, with racial overtones, the sexual overtones, the stuff you never, ever want to hear,” Dolan said. The Knicks said Oakley was “abusive” Wednesday even before reaching his seats in the first quarter, and on Friday distributed a witness report featuring more than a dozen witnesses who described his behavior and their interactions with him.Oakley said he did nothing wrong and thanked fans and players for support in a pair of tweets Friday night, adding that he would hold a press conference next week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe team shared with The Associated Press a 1-minute security video of moments leading up to the altercation, containing brief clips of Oakley in his seat, talking to a hostess and being confronted by Garden officials. There was no audio.Dolan said Oakley used racial and sexual overtones and that games must remain safe for fans, so he was enforcing the ban. 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You don’t.” –Brian Mahoney* * *Associated Press writer Ken Ritter in Las Vegas contributed to this report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES With better execution, Fajardo confident Beermen can bounce back MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View commentslast_img read more

Central Govt usurps local govt power

first_imgDear Editor,With reference to your several news items on the Cabinet and Minister Bulkan suspending the parking meter By-laws and the clamping of vehicles, the Central Government is usurping the power of the local government Georgetown City Council (GCC). And in so doing, Central Government has set a precedent to emaciate (render powerless) all locally elected bodies. Powers must be decentralised with the local units having unrestrained powers.Local bodies should have autonomous powers to exercise control over all local issues, including transportation and parking, the topic of controversy involving the GCC. While I am against the Parking Meter Project, I am equally against Central Government intervening in the affairs of local government. Let the local organs exercise unrestrained powers over local matters with its own policies and regulations. But the local bodies must follow legal procedures and manage the affairs of their organs with integrity and transparency; dictatorship must not be tolerated like what happened in the GCC over the parking meter matter. People are very unhappy with the parking meter project. It should have been suspended given that legal tenets were not followed.The City Council should have suspended the parking regulations without Central Government’s intervention since implementation of parking meters has been opined (by legal luminaries) to be illegal. The City Council entered into an agreement with the foreign company for parking meters without following the required procedure. The GCC failed to put the parking meter to tendering as required by law. It appears there was corruption in the awarding of the contract. Rights of motorists were violated. The entire city and those shoppers, workers and visitors who patronise the city (using personal vehicles) were/are disrespected. With the city having failed to adhere to legal procedures, and having been given countless opportunities to suspend implementation of the parking meters, as well as to start over the entire process in line with the law, Central Government must have felt it had no other option but to take the extraordinary step of ordering the suspension of the controversial city parking meter programme. The GCC could have avoided this problem of the Central Government defanging it of an essential power over local affairs. In not acting according with the wishes of the city dwellers as well as those who patronise it, the City Council has allowed the Central Government to set a precedent of taking actions curtailing the powers of local governments.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

GuySuCo never fails to issue clumsy responses

first_imgDear Editor,I refer to GuySuCo’s letter of June 3, 2017, captioned “GuySuCo’s detractor is being outright irresponsible and reckless”. This letter is a response to my letter published on May 31.Editor, the corporation’s communication unit never fails to present clumsy responses or rebuttals, either knowingly or unknowingly. I shall address the core points raised in this last response to demonstrate how ignorance and incompetence pervades this organization from its apex down.1. It is an undisputed fact that the Corporation deliberately packed bulk raw sugar from Albion for 2-3 weeks at Enmore. In a most uneducated and unintellectual defence, the Corporation attempts to justify its actions by stating that “all six factories have the capacity at any time to produce the varying qualities required”. This creates an impression to the reader that Albion can produce direct consumption sugars. If this is the truth, can Ms Thomas show proof whether GuySuCo’s own monitoring mechanisms, or national regulatory bodies — such as Guyana National Bureau of Standards & Food & Drug Analyst Department — approved Albion Estate to produce food grade sugars for direct consumption?The Corporation then continues with its unadulterated nonsense by stating that “the difference between bagged and packaged sugar is further drying of the sugar to render it more conducive for packaging”.Editor, the truth is that bagged and packaged sugar is a product intended for retail sale, thus it must be fit for direct human consumption, and must therefore meet all quality stipulations, not just degree of dryness (by “further drying”).Interestingly, after my letter was published on May 31st, the movement of Albion’s sugar to Enmore was halted on June 1st. What a coincidence!2. I have zero cause or reason to attack GuySuCo, because its management is in accelerated self-destruction mode, as can be seen from its very own utterances, actions & inactions. I am just highlighting some facts on the Corporation, for which management should be thankful, instead of labelling me a detractor.3.It is not my responsibility to advise the GAWU on its relationship with GuySuCo. From the Corporation’s lamentation, it seems like workers have greater commitment, faith and trust in the GAWU, than in their employer, GuySuCo. It may be good to do some self-introspection to find out why workers are less committed, or have lost faith and trust in GuySuCo.4.Taking on “Project GuySuCo”. The IMC and management should not even attempt for a fleeting moment to suggest that they are doing this nation a favour, because they are a very well paid bunch with my tax dollars. For example, the IMC alone cost the treasury G+ million/yr. Anyone with such pay packet must be passionate and enthusiastic. Wouldn’t you, Ms Thomas?5. SWOT Analysis. From this admission, it appears that GuySuCo’s IMC & executives discovered, for the first time, the simple framework for analysing an organization via SWOT analysis. Packing of bulk sugar for direct consumption is probably a highly strategic decision in GuySuCo’s psyche. We should light a candle for sugar workers and consumers!Sincerely,Sookram Persaudlast_img read more

Arsene prays for lucky 13 against Mourinho

first_imgHaving recorded an efficient 1-0 win over third-place Manchester United last weekend, Chelsea are 10 points clear of Arsenal at the top of the table with six games remaining.Victory on Sunday would leave them needing three points from next Wednesday’s trip to Leicester City, currently embroiled in a relegation battle, to claim a first league crown since 2010.But while the championship seems destined for Stamford Bridge, Arsenal have drawn encouragement from a run of nine consecutive wins, including an FA Cup semi-final defeat of Reading that took the holders into the final.Sunday’s derby will see Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas return to the club where he previously spent eight years — including three as captain — and Wenger hopes he will be spared a hostile reception.“I want every player to be respected, and Cesc Fabregas when he comes to the Emirates on Sunday to be respected like he deserves,” said the Frenchman, who clashed with Mourinho on the touchline in October’s reverse fixture.Centre-back Per Mertesacker has a “50-50” chance of playing, according to Wenger, after injuring his ankle in the 2-1 victory over Reading at Wembley.Midfielders Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both back in training after injury lay-offs, but neither is ready to return to first-team action.Chelsea, meanwhile, hope to be able to call upon French striker Loic Remy, who has missed their last two games due to a calf complaint.Diego Costa is likely to remain sidelined with a hamstring problem, while veteran Didier Drogba has hurt his ankle.Eden Hazard netted Chelsea’s winner against United — his 18th goal of the season — and is hotly tipped for honours in Sunday’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) awards.– Turf Moor six-pointer –“He is flying. In my opinion it’s been the best season of his career,” team-mate Branislav Ivanovic told the Chelsea website.“He’s the guy who, when you pass him the ball, you just have to leave him alone. He will do everything. He’s something different.”Hazard’s strike ended United’s six-game winning run and saw their lead over fourth-place Manchester City trimmed to a point as the champions won 2-0 at home to West Ham United.City can provisionally climb above both Arsenal and United by winning at home to Aston Villa on Saturday, but Tim Sherwood’s side are in buoyant mood after sinking Liverpool to reach the FA Cup final.United travel to Everton on Sunday, a year on from a 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park that preceded David Moyes’s dismissal as manager.Liverpool’s hopes of a top-four finish are fading fast, with Manchester City seven points above them in the standings, albeit having played a game more.But news of Jordan Henderson’s new long-term contract has alleviated some of the gloom around Anfield ahead of Saturday’s game at West Bromwich Albion.Barring a collapse by City, Liverpool look set for a three-way tussle for the two Europa League slots with Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, who face off at St Mary’s.It will be the first time Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino has returned to Southampton since leaving the club last year and he is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.“We stabilised the club in the Premier League and top 10,” said the Argentine. “I’m very happy it was good for Southampton because I love the people of Southampton and the players.”A rousing sequence of three consecutive wins has taken Leicester to the brink of safety ahead of a crunch clash with bottom club Burnley at Turf Moor.Only goal difference is currently keeping Leicester (-17) below Hull City (-16), who visit Crystal Palace, but Burnley are just two points back, level with second-bottom Queens Park Rangers, who host West Ham.FixturesSaturday (1400 GMT unless otherwise stated):Burnley v Leicester City, Crystal Palace v Hull City, Manchester City v Aston Villa (1630 GMT), Newcastle United v Swansea City, Queens Park Rangers v West Ham United, Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (1145 GMT), Stoke City v Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion v LiverpoolSunday:Arsenal v Chelsea (1500 GMT), Everton v Manchester United (1230 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, April 24- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will hope to make it 13th time lucky against Jose Mourinho this weekend as his side attempt to delay Chelsea’s coronation as Premier League champions.Wenger has never prevailed against Mourinho in 12 attempts and even if he redresses that statistic at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday, it is unlikely to prevent Chelsea from claiming the title.last_img read more

City bus service suspended in Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – B.C. Transit has suspended bus service in Dawson Creek.Service has been suspended until further notice due to the extreme cold temperatures.  In a tweet Saturday, B.C. Transit says all services have been suspended in the community.Environment Canada has an extreme cold warning in place for the B.C. Peace region.  The combination of cold temperatures and brisk winds will produce wind chill values near minus 40.Service in @citydawsoncreek is suspended until further notice due to the extreme cold. For further details, please call 250-782-4636.— BC Transit (@BCTransit) February 9, 2019- Advertisement -B.C. Transit says residents can call 250-782-4636 if they have any questions.Advertisementlast_img

Producer J Dilla, 32, dies

first_imgHip-hop producer J Dilla, whose soulful beats formed the backdrop to songs by artists like Common and A Tribe Called Quest, died Friday of complications from lupus, his manager said. He was 32. J Dilla or Jay Dee (real name: James Yancey) was born and raised in Detroit. He had been living with his mother in Los Angeles since being diagnosed with the immune system disease about three years ago, said his manager, Timothy Maynor. Yancey had formed the trio Slum Village in the late 1990s but left after its successful first album to pursue a solo career. In 2003, he teamed with fellow rapper-producer Madlib for the critically acclaimed “Champion Sound” in which each rapped over the other’s beats. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Detroit rapper Phat Kat (real name: Ron Watts) said Yancey’s unique style blending claps, drum machines and samples helped change the sound of modern hip-hop. “That’s really where all the other cats are getting that style,” Watts said. “It came from the soul. Old Detroit soul music.” Yancey contributed tracks to The Pharcyde’s second album, 1995’s “Labcabincalifornia,” produced much of A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Love Movement” in 1998, and worked with Common on several albums. His most recent CD, the instrumental “Donuts,” was released Tuesday. He had also finished recording a compilation album called “Welcome To Detroit, Vol. 2” that Watts said will be released. 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

Pochettino fined and banned by FA for confrontation with Mike Dean

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 REPLY 3 3 Pochettino’s joy at guiding Spurs into the Champions League quarter-final was tempered by a two-match ban After the Dortmund game, Pochettino hinted a ban was coming when he misinterpreted a question in his post-match press conference.“I am not going to talk because it is easy to pay with me and you are going to see tomorrow why I am not going to talk,” he said.“I am very disappointed, I don’t think that is going to change but I don’t care, we are going to be strong.“If are not going to receive a help from our football people in our country only I can laugh. You are going to see tomorrow why I am not so happy with the people.”He then appeared to nod when asked if he was getting a touchline ban. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury A statement from the FA read: “The Tottenham Hotspur manager accepted an improper conduct charge from The FA, which resulted from his language and/or behaviour – both on the pitch and in or around the tunnel area – at the end of the game against Burnley on 23 February.”The manager will now be forced to sit in the stands for the trip to Southampton on 9 March and will remain there for the game at Anfield against Liverpool on 31 March. REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Harry Kane scored the winner for Tottenham in Dortmund to seal a place in the Champions League quarter-finals Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE RANKED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Mauricio Pochettino’s joy at seeing Tottenham reach the Champions League quarter-finals has been tempered by a two-match touchline ban.The Spurs manager watched his side beat Borussia Dortmund 1-0 in the second leg of their last-16 tie, with Harry Kane scoring the goal that earned them a 4-0 aggregate win.But at 9am on Wednesday morning it was announced Pochettino was banned and also hit with a £10,000 fine by the Football Association for his conduct after the defeat to Burnley, which saw him involved in a heated clashed with Mike Dean. BEST OF getty no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade An angry Pochettino confronted Dean as the final whistle went The question he was actually asked was whether he thinks Spurs will be in their new stadium in time for the Champions League quarter-finals.He was optimistic, but that will be dependent on Brighton’s possible progression in the FA Cup – which would rule out an April 7 Premier League homecoming – and whether they get drawn home in the first leg, scheduled to be on April 10.“I expect to play at the new stadium. I was talking yesterday with [chairman] Daniel Levy and he was very positive, I hope yes and I wish we can play in our new stadium.“We were sitting and listening to the Champions League song and we were talking with Jesus [Perez, Pochettino’s assistant] saying it will be amazing to be in the new stadium listening to that song before the game. “Now we are in the quarter-final I hope we can finish and we can listen to the song there.”Their advancement to the last eight represents progression for Pochettino’s men who were beaten by Juventus in the last 16 last year and the boss hailed it as a “fantastic achievement”.“I feel very proud. I am more than happy first of all for our players. They deserved it, the effort was brilliant,” he said.“I think it’s a fantastic season, a season that we are going to remember. Of course that is only we are going to be in the Champions League quarter-finals but it’s a fantastic achievement for the team.” Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars MONEY shining last_img read more

How Chelsea caught the racist fans who abused Mohamed Salah

first_imgChelsea’s swift response when it emerged more of their supporters had shamed football has been widely applauded.Ahead of the Europa League quarter-final against Slavia Prague, six travelling supporters filmed themselves singing ‘Salah is a bomber’ in a Czech pub.Three of the fans were prevented from attending the match and talkSPORT host Jim White has explained how the club were able to identify them so quickly. shining REVEALED REVEALED LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The video, which circulated on social media on Thursday afternoon, was picked up by Chelsea’s security team.Ever since Blues fans prevented a black man from boarding a Paris train in 2017, the club have run collection points for European trips – where fans must present passports in return for their ticket.The club were therefore able to spot the culprits from the video and void their tickets, before notifying local police. huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Three Chelsea fans were denied entry to the Eden Arena in Prague Half of the six fans decided not to attend the match, but the other three were immediately turned away with Czech police ready on the scene.And it has been revealed to talkSPORT that Chelsea have also identified the three men who didn’t show up – and efforts are being made to track them down.Watch the full clip from the Jim White Show below: Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 1 BEST OF no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REPLY Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won “Travelling fans out themselves with their passports to collect tickets.”“From the bar to the game, Chelsea’s security voided their tickets.” 🎫“The Czech police then nabbed them.”@JimWhite shares the info on how #CFC caught racist fans abusing Mo Salah.— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 12, 2019last_img read more

Locally built Gautrains on the way

Lebaka boasts that they are ready for the huge challenge, with assembly of the coaches starting next month, on 12 August, adding that the team had done well to finish the plant a month ago. Speaking at the recent handover of the first 15 trainsets for Gautrain at Derby in the United Kingdom, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa said: “It is my hope that as we do the rest of the work and assembly, we will boost the economic activity around Brakpan, Springs and Nigel, that will create much-needed jobs there”. Buckley said the plant boasted extensive facilities for static and dynamic testing, ensuring maximum reliability of rolling stock, irrespective of rail gauge, climatic conditions and operating requirements. “We are ready, we had to be on time,” he said, adding that they company was both proud and fortunate to be entrusted with the innovative and ground-breaking transport system – the first of its kind in the country. “More than R5-million of that amount [was] invested in training,” he said in a statement from the Gauteng provincial government last week, adding that equipping the company’s personnel with the right skills was a priority. SAinfo reporter Bombardier’s Derby assembly plant will send an additional 10 staff members to constitute the core of the assembly teams when the production commences in Nigel. UCW managing director Palello Lebaka said the company had invested some R15-million in their Nigel assembly plant to prepare it to work on coaches for the Gautrain. 28 July 2008 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Already, a team of three people – the project manager, operations manager and the inventory control personnel – are based at the Nigel plant to see that it is in order. “It’s not just the trains; signalling and driving are very important; we also need conductors and so forth. We need many South Africans to become artisans and become train drivers,” Shilowa said. Huge challenge “The Nigel facility is purpose designed and built for the manufacture, refurbishment and overhauling of all types of rolling stock,” he said. Gauteng’s East Rand is set to realise the benefits of the Gautrain, with 81 out of 96 of the high-speed train’s coaches to be assembled at the Union Carriage and Wagon plant in Nigel, to the east of Johannesburg. Boosting economic activity He said the government would link up all the small and medium enterprises in the region with some of the people currently working on the Gautrain, a move which could turn the region into a base for the rail industry as a whole. UCW Gautrain project manager Paul Buckley said all 81 cars would be completed and ready for delivery on 24 February 2009. The group has been in the UK for about four months now, and are being trained in produce knowledge, competency assessments, transfer of technology training, and computer programming. They are then expected to train the remaining 68 workers as part of skills and technology transfer that had been built into the Gautrain project contract. Once fully operational, the plant will employ 85 people – 17 of whom who are currently being trained at Bombardier’s (the train manufacturer’s) facilities in Derby in the United Kingdom. read more