The veteran Papua New Guinea distance runner appeared to have injured himself as he won the first XV Pacific Games track and field gold medal at the BSP Stadium tonight.Turning the final 100m bend, Yao had the gold medal in sight and only had a last obstacle.With the passionate crowd roaring in unison, PNG, PNG, Yao stumbled when jumping over the cross bar, hitting his foot.Yao has two more events on his orogram and the foot injury could affect his chances.Yao was seen hopping around after the medal presentation.Yao declined to comment when approached by Loop PNG.
Go back to the enewsletterChiva-Som has reopened after a six-month closure. The spa retreat was closed as it completed the third of four stages of its first major renovation since opening 23 years ago. The Chiva-Som offering has already seen the transformation of all of its Ocean Rooms and many of its facilities, and is today followed by additions to the wellness experience with a new specialist golf retreat.The latest aesthetic and hardware developments comprise a complete overhaul of the Thai Pavilions, Emerald Room, Orchid Lounge, Library, Fitness Centre and Niranlada Medi-Spa. In line with the resort master plan, the hallmarks of which are contemporary and supremely comfortable interiors, the new look is realised with materials such as local sustainable teak, silk and bamboo. Keeping their quintessential Thai spirit intact, the Thai Pavilions are brighter, lighter and more spacious, creating a serene, calming space which reflects the tranquility of the resort. A new room category, the Thai Pavilion Suite features an outdoor pantry and its own outdoor private glass-walled sala, a private space for around six guests set amidst the tranquil gardens and is suitable for private meals, meditation or just for relaxing.The addition of a glass wall in the Emerald Room has created a fresh, contemporary and relaxing space, flooded with natural light, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. To celebrate the brand new Emerald Room design, Chiva-Som is delighted to welcome their first guest chef, Keisuke Matsushima who will be visiting the resort for a second time, this time the award-winning chef will be in residence serving up his renowned French-Japanese fusion dishes with a wellness twist. In addition, guests have the opportunity to cook with the Chevalier of the L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and L’Ordre du Merite Agricole awarded Chef and learn his techniques in an exclusive cooking class available only for in-house guests of Chiva-Som. Chef Matsushima’s residency is from 8-11 December 2018.The Orchid Lounge has undergone a complete makeover to become an inviting and sociable spot in which guests can interact and enjoy afternoon-tea, also welcoming a piano, pond-side seating and an open juice bar. The Library has also become airier and the new home of the retail shop, whilst the Guest Relations Desk has moved to a more private part of the resort.The Fitness Centre has increased in size to incorporate a larger gym area and a separate stretching space with an array of new cardio equipment, functional and non-functional training equipment as well as a private training room and two fully renovated Dance and Pilates Studios.The Kinesis Room has been renamed the Re-functional Studio, home to a private Neurac Room, Functional Assessment room and boasting brand new equipment including a BIODEX 4 PRO Isokinetic Dynamometer to help with rehabilitation, leg mobility and balance, as well as preparing the body for more strenuous exercise. Further additions are the highly versatile and space-efficient Queenax functional training equipment, a unique suspended body weight training system and an Electrical Muscle Stimulation system (Vision Body) to help reduce exercise-induced joint damage and aid recovery.Chiva-Som’s ‘Total Golf Enhancement’ retreat has launched as well, aimed at developing guests’ overall game. This new retreat is suitable for players of all levels and provides expertise in specialist areas, such as Golf Fitness Training and Golf Biomechanics. In addition to golf-specific inclusions, guests will also enjoy related treatments in essential areas, such as post-game muscle recovery, relaxation and skincare. Improvement will be assessed by the included round(s) of golf with one of the in-house accredited professionals, played at one of Hua Hin’s leading courses.The Niranlada Medi-Spa has evolved from its original clinical design to become warm and tranquil. The consultation room will provide greater privacy during body assessments and a brand new makeup room has been added for guests requiring a little further indulgence.Reservations are available through until 30 April 2019.Visit www.chivasom.comGo back to the enewsletter