Judo veteran ready for Rio

first_imgSadly this will also be his last for Team PNG. Raymond stepped onto the Olympic mat as a first Papua New Guinean Judoka in the 2012 London Olympics and 3 years later, jeis on another Olympic voyage, this time for Rio de Janeiro.Currently ranked 122 in the world and competing in the 66kg division, Ovinou will be Team PNG’s lone Judo representative to Rio.He is currently in Japan for training until the lead up to the South American qualifier-Panam Open in Argentina in March.In April he will also be fighting for merits in Canberra, Australia.For Judo the qualifiers are assessed through merit points that through participating in recognized competitions.The more points you have the greater chance you have of qualifying.He is currently ranked third in his division in Oceania. which placed him in a better position to qualify on merit because on each continent they have a quota of number of athletes that can qualify from that continent and Raymond is looking good on merit.He still has two fights that may still determine his condition but looks confident enough on merit to qualify for the second and final Olympic show.last_img read more

THAI wins three Skytrax Awards 2018

first_imgTHAI wins three Skytrax Awards 2018THAI wins three Skytrax Awards 2018Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo, Acting President of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), received three Skytrax 2018 World Airline Awards as the World’s Best Economy Class, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa, and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering. Also present was Mrs. Phakkhra Ruangsiradecho, THAI Executive Vice President, Aviation Business Unit, Mr. Wiwat Piyawiroj, THAI Executive Vice President, Commercial, Mr. ChalermponKaewchinporn, THAI Vice President, Inflight Services, at the Skytrax 2018 World Airline Awards Ceremony that was held at The Langham Hotel, in London, United Kingdom.Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo said that THAI, as the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Thailand, is proud to receive three top Skytrax Awards, which are as follows: World’s Best Economy Class for the second year in a row, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa for the fourth consecutive year serving Business Class and First Class passengers, and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering for the second successive year. In addition, THAI ranked as one of the top 10 World’s Best Airlines, as well as Skytrax Awards for Best Cabin Crew in Thailand and Best Economy Class in Asia. These awards are the pride of THAI employees as recognition for excellent premium class service and international safety standards. THAI continues to further develop and improve its services for utmost customer satisfaction.World Airline Awards are the results of the Skytrax survey that was first launched in 1999 as the first worldwide, annual independent airline customer satisfaction survey. This year’s awards are the results of surveys during August 2017 to May 2018 conducted amongst 20.36 million survey participants from 335 airlines. The Skytrax survey evaluates product standards and various airline services on all aspects of service-related excellence, beginning when passengers enter the airport through to inflight service, which includes check-in service, seat comfort and the passenger cabin, inflight meals and beverages, cabin crew service and inflight entertainment system. Furthermore, the Skytrax World Airline Awards is a global benchmark of airline excellence, and is described as “the Oscars of the aviation industry.”Source = Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI)last_img read more

Senate Confirms Castro as HUD Chief

first_img Less than two months after the San Antonio mayor’s nomination for the post, the Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Julian Castro as HUD secretary as current cabinet member Shaun Donovan is poised to take over the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).The body voted 71-26 to confirm Castro, a Democrat whose star has been on the rise since he delivered the opening keynote at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He is currently serving his third term as the mayor of San Antonio, a role in which he has worked to bring greater private investment and more housing opportunities to the city.In a statement from the White House following the vote, President Obama praised Castro as a “proven leader” and “a champion for safe, affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods.””I know that that together with the dedicated professionals at HUD, Julián will help build on the progress we’ve made battling back from the Great Recession—rebuilding our housing market, reducing homelessness among veterans, and connecting neighborhoods with good schools and good jobs that help our citizens succeed,” the president said.Receiving 20 votes more than the simple majority required for his nod, Castro’s nomination attracted supporters from both sides of the aisle, including fellow San Antonian John Cornyn (R-Texas).All 26 opposition votes, meanwhile, came from Republican senators, including Ted Cruz (Texas) and Mike Crapo (Idaho), who has recently been working alongside Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) in drafting a secondary mortgage market reform bill that would dissolve Fannie and Freddie. With mid-term elections now approaching, commentators don’t expect any significant reform to move forward this year.Responses from the mortgage industry were largely positive, with Mortgage Bankers Association President David Stevens offering his commendation. “With Castro becoming the next HUD Secretary, and Shaun Donovan soon to become the new Director of OMB, the Administration will be well positioned to address the important housing policy issues. We look forward to working with both men to help ease access to credit for qualified borrowers and accelerate the housing recovery.”Dan Berger, president and CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), echoed that statement, saying, “We look forward to working with Mr. Castro and HUD in continued efforts to advance credit unions’ concerns about housing finance and impacts on their members and communities.” Share Barack Obama HUD Julián Castro Senate Shaun Donovan 2014-07-09 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img July 9, 2014 488 Views Senate Confirms Castro as HUD Chieflast_img read more