NFS is Hunters new home ground

first_imgThe news was announced this afternoon in a press conference at the NFS.In attendance was Oil Executive General Manager External & Government Affairs and Sustainability, Gerea Aopi, Hunters Chairman, Graham Osborne, coach Michael Marum, Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko and PNG Rugby Football League Chairman, Sandis Tsaka.Marum expressed his delight at the news saying the players and management were also very excited about having the world class stadium to call home.“The NFS is the traditional home of rugby league in the country and after the success of the trial match against Penrith, it is great that our Hunters can maintain this connection and build a Hunters legacy at our new home,” said Marum.Aopi explained that the NFS will be a facility that will grow with the Hunters with a fulltime training venue plus plans to build a gym and office for the PNGRFL and Hunters management.As per the agreement, the Hunters have a three year tenancy with the NFS with a provision for annual reviews.“The Hunters have made such a big impact in only two years and the NFS can only help lift the standard of the game in PNG,” said Aopi.Tsaka finished by thanking the government of the day plus Oil Search and other support sponsors for their continued support to rugby league.He explained that after negations, it was decided to choose the NFS over the Sir John Guise stadium as the Hunters new home.“The NFS was chosen as we feel it is in tune with the future of rugby league and going forward.“It is also the spiritual home of rugby and is a good investment for the future of the country, “said Tsaka.The Hunters will play their first home match of the 2016 Intrust Super Cup competition against the Tweed Heads Seagulls on March 19.last_img read more

Three members of the Ajax coaching staff, in quarantine

first_imgThe effects of the spread of the coronavirus have reached the main football clubs in Europe. As reported by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, there are three members of the technical staff of the Dutch Ajax team, forced to remain in quarantine for being suspected of being infected by the COVID-19 virus. Those affected are the assistant coach of the coach Erik ten Hag, Christian Poulsen, the team doctor Alessandro Schoenmaker and one of the first team physiotherapists. Ajax has decided that the three people stay away from the first team of the Amsterdam club until March 13 as prevention. The three members of the coaching staff are awaiting evolution and if they do not show symptoms they will return to their normal routine. The three gathered at a birthday party where there was a contagion.Thirteen Brondby members also suspectThe coronavirus also rages in Danish football. Up to thirteen Brondby members have been sent in quarantine for 14 days, including Danish club CEO Ole Palma; the central defender Joel Kabongo and the second coach, Martin Retov. Everyone had contact with the club’s former soccer player, Thomas Kahlenberg, who has tested positive for coronavirus.last_img read more

Champs Watch | When will the west win again?

first_img CONCERNED ABOUT CERTAIN SETTINGS It’s been ages since a school from western Jamaica won either Boys’ Championships or Girls’ Championships. Keith Wellington, headmaster at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), says the west can win only if the schools there prioritise Champs and if they can retain talented student-athletes who might otherwise move to schools in the Corporate Area. Wellington isn’t against the recruitment of student-athletes, but he abhors the use of financial incentives to attract them. Munro College won the last of its eight Boys’ Champs titles in 1948, while The Manning’s School took Girls’ Champs in 1965, 1966 and 1969. Despite the pre-eminence of STETHS, Munro and recently, Petersfield High and Rusea’s, no high school in the west has enjoyed the success earned by Munro and Mannings in the past. Speaking on March 3, Wellington explained, “Whether or not a team from the west wins Champs is going to be dependent on how much of a priority it becomes in any one of the leading schools in terms of how much it is that the school is willing to spend monetary wise, and capital, not just in terms of money now but in terms of the things that are required.” He pinpointed nutrition and transportation as two key areas needy of attention. “Of course, nutrition would entail having to board a large squad because as students it’s difficult for them to travel and train in the rural areas where travelling time to and from school can be as much as an hour,” he said. His list of schools in western Jamaica who could target a Champs win includes Munro, Cornwall, STETHS, of which he said, “money would be an issue but it’s not an issue that would be insurmountable”, Petersfield among the boys’ teams and STETHS, Mannings, Rusea’s and possibly William Knibb ‘on both genders’. “The talent is available within close proximity to these schools,” he indicated. Money to fund the required nutrition, possible boarding and allied transportation wouldn’t be the only matter at hand. He estimated that there are approximately 12 boys from the parish of St Elizabeth who will score 80-90 points at Champs for the Kingston and St Catherine-based schools they now attend. He extended his pragmatic analysis, saying:”Those boys will probably get into schools who are chasing Champs and will do anything to ensure that they have the best available talent. So I think that would have to change in terms if we in the west are to start prioritising Champs as a must-win. Then we would have to look at our policy as it regards the admission of students.” The STETHS headmaster isn’t against the recruiting of student-athletes. “Where I have a problem is the way it is done sometimes”, he expounded. “I think that there are some aspects of recruiting I find repulsive,” he said. “Well, for one”, he specified, “I find the issue of schools offering financial incentives outside of what is required to attend the school, offering financial attraction to 12, 13-year-old students to leave their parents’ home.” While transferred student-athletes are often housed with the families of past students or teachers, Wellington apparently was concerned about other cases where “they live in conditions I’m not sure is a family setting or something that contributes to the development of the student as a person.” “I have no problem with students leaving home to board,” he elaborated. He was, however, against the idea of saying to a parent, ‘Send your child to us, and I will give you this household item.’ He told CHAMPS WATCH that STETHS students have been approached by recruiters who take ‘everything including the school uniform for the school they are sending them to.’ “I’ve had parents call me to say, ‘Sir, this school came and gave us this. What should I do with it because I’m not moving my child?'” he related. “Up to recently,” he said, “I’ve had to speak to one principal about an approach being made to one of my students after the student participated at a particular meet. “I have no problem with students going where they think their best opportunities lie,” he tabled. “I just don’t like the idea of schools reaching out,” Wellington said, “with all sorts of ‘quote and quote’ incentives.” According to Mr Wellington, “This isn’t professional sport.” – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980.last_img read more

Pumaren’s double duty for Adamson, GlobalPort up for discussion by PBA Board

first_imgWinning start LATEST STORIES Pumaren opened his second season at the helm for Adamson on Saturday, where the Soaring Falcons fell to Ateneo, 85-65 in the opening day of the UAAP Season 80.He is still manning the sidelines for GlobalPort, which sits idle with a 3-5 slate in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.Marcial said the PBA Board will meet again for a final decision on the Pumaren’s case. Until then, there seems to be no immediate problem with Pumaren wearing two hats.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View commentscenter_img Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend TNT KaTropa turn emotional as ‘brother’ Ranidel moves on after 9 years OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But the PBA Board of Governors is apparently leaning toward allowing coaches to hold concurrent head coaching positions in the pro and varsity level, though it has not been made official.“It has been previously tackled by the Board before the season started, but they have yet to discuss it again,” said PBA media bureau chief Willie MarcialFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFor UAAP’s part, it doesn’t have a rule prohibiting Pumaren from splitting time between the two teams, according to UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag.“It depends on the school. If they’re willing to let the coach divide his time equally, it’s an internal issue. We’re not here to second guess the wisdom of the administration on who they want as the coach,” said Saguisag. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFranz Pumaren’s role as concurrent head coach for Globalport and Adamson has been a source of confusion for some discerning fans.In the past, a head coach in the PBA is not allowed to hold the same post in the collegiate level at the same time.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settledlast_img read more

World observes Nelson Mandela International Day

first_imgJuly 18 marks the birthday of the first black elected South African President, Nelson Mandela who relentlessly fought for the freedom of South Africa’s black population.Late South African leader and icon Nelson MandelaGuyana has joined the world to celebrate the life and legacy of the late South African leader in observance of Nelson Mandela International Day.The United Nations recognised Mandela’s dedication to the service of humanity and democracy and awarded him this day which took effect in 2010 after being declared in November, 2009.According to the UN: “Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.”Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, and an international peacemaker.According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the celebration of Mandela Day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better.”“By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good…take action, inspire change, make every day a Mandela Day,” the Foundation further noted.Born in 1918, Mandela spent 27 years (1962 to 1990) in prison for his involvement in attempting to overthrow the then apartheid minority government of South Africa. The BBC noted that he worked to “achieve human rights and a better future for everyone in South Africa”.Mandela led the African National Congress to power and severed as President from 1994 to 1999, before voluntarily stepping down.He died in 2013 from lung illness.last_img read more


first_imgIN HONOR OF THE MEMORY OFPROFESSOR IGOLIMA AMACHREEBy Togba-Nah TipotehThe News just reached townAbout a Friend in academic gownWho passed the people’s wayHas just passed awayBorn in NigeriaHe passed through LiberiaAnd Liberia passed through himLike the sound of a favorite hymnTeaching at the University of LiberiaBringing diversity from NigeriaTo enhance knowledge for allThat was his legacy callGraded so well in African cultureHe wedded the beautiful Myra to seal his futureYes, this was Professor Igolima AmachreeWho planted seeds for the African treeSeeds now bearing the African paw-pawTasting justice for peace through the African jaw-jawTalking with jaws under the Palaver HutRather than fighting with guns under the killer’s glutNow, we come to bid our Brother farewellHoping that in the yonder he will fare wellShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Grove man jailed for ganja possession

first_imgPossession of narcotics has landed a Grove, East Bank Demerara man in prison for three years.Daniel France of Lot 501 Kaneville, Grove, EBD, was taken before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he admitted that on April 13, 2019, at Magnet Place, Georgetown, he had in his possession 25 grams of cannabis.The prosecution’s case stated that ranks from the police patrol saw France acting in a suspicious manner. This led the ranks to conduct a search of his possessions and it was then that the cannabis was discovered in a bag which the 27-year-old man was carrying. According to the prosecution, France admitted that the cannabis belonged to him.In court on Wednesday, the unrepresented man pled guilty, asking the court to give him a chance to explain himself.In a plea of mitigation, France told the court that he has been suffering from a constant stroke in his right hand for the past three years and would usually boil the cannabis and drink it as a tea. He claimed that this causes the pain to ease.He went on to say that the police ranks did not weigh the cannabis in his presence. He also told the court that he received the cannabis from his uncle in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice). He was nonetheless sentenced to three years in prison and fined $30,000.last_img read more

Drug reps wine, dine most doctors

first_img 83 percent received food and drinks. 78 percent accepted free drug samples. 35 percent were reimbursed for costs associated with professional meetings. 28 percent pocketed consulting or lecture fees. 7 percent took free tickets to games and other events. The extent of the interactions varied by specialty and sales reps tend to target doctors with the most influence. For example, cardiologists were more than twice as likely than family doctors to receive fees. Doctors in private practice were six times more likely to get free samples and three times more likely to get gifts than those at hospitals. Family doctors met with sales reps far more often than their counterparts – about 16 meetings a month. Doctors need to “supervise themselves and set stricter standards on what is appropriate and acceptable behavior,” said one of the authors, Dr. David Blumenthal, head of the Institute for Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. The study was funded by the New York-based Institute on Medicine as a Profession. None of the authors reported conflicts of interest related to the study. Previous studies have suggested that cozy relationships with industry can affect doctors’ prescribing patterns and judgment. But companies have defended the practice as a legitimate way to educate physicians about the latest drugs and technology. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the leading trade group, in 2002 adopted voluntary rules limiting the value of gifts to $100 or less and banning free entertainment tickets. Scott Lassman, a senior assistant general counsel with the trade group, said the study’s results were “common knowledge” and dismissed claims that companies were out to influence doctors. “A modest meal is not going to affect the independence of the health care practitioner,” Lassman said. Dr. Anmol S. Mahal, a gastroenterologist at a group practice in Fremont, said he often hands out free drug samples to needy patients. Mahal said he doesn’t accept other freebies. “It’s really a service that a physician attempts to provide to their patients” with the drug samples, said Mahal, who is also the president of the California Medical Association. Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a Yale cardiologist, favors an all-out ban on small gifts and free meals because such rewards don’t benefit patients. “These little perks can put doctors in a difficult position,” said Krumholz, who serves on the scientific advisory board of Amgen Inc. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Four out of five doctors surveyed said they let drug and device makers buy them food and drinks despite recent efforts to tighten ethics rules and avoid conflicts of interest. The national survey also found that family doctors were more likely to meet with industry sales representatives, and that cardiologists were more likely to pocket fees than other specialists. The study is the first to document the extent of the relationships between doctors and sales reps since 2002 when a leading industry group adopted voluntary guidelines discouraging companies from giving doctors gifts or tickets. In general, researchers found hardly anything had changed since previous studies a couple years earlier. Consumer advocates say this is proof the new rules aren’t working. “These findings are fairly disturbing. There appears to be no dialing back at all on these relationships,” said Merrill Goozner of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. The survey, published in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, was done by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital, Yale University and the University of Melbourne in Australia. Researchers mailed questionnaires to 3,167 doctors around the nation in 2003 and 2004 and 1,662 replied. They included anesthesiologists, cardiologists, family doctors, surgeons, internists and pediatricians with experience ranging from less than 10 years to over 30 years. Half were in private group practices and the rest worked in hospitals and medical schools. Responses were anonymous. About 95 percent said they had contact with drug or device companies. Other findings: last_img read more

Work results trump tenure

first_imgYou should also keep you eyes and your options open. Perhaps there is a transfer opportunity, or perhaps your network can help you net a better job. Q My manager told me that the company is monitoring employee Internet use, and that I am spending too much time surfing the Net. I get my job done, and I resent this intrusion into my privacy. Besides, doesn’t management have anything better to do? A Rather than wondering if management has anything better to do, the real question is whether you have anything better to do, such as your job? If you can get your job done with time to spare, your next step is to check and upgrade the quality of your work, and let your manager know you are done. As long as you are being paid, you should be spending the bulk of your time working, not surfing. Although a growing number of employers are letting employees do some personal chores online, this varies from one company to another. It is also important to note that although such policies can create a convenience for the employees, these policies subtly induce employees to spend more time at work. Either way, it appears that you have crossed your company’s policies in this area. As for the privacy issue, most employers have policies stating that equipment such as the phones and computers are company property, and the company has the right to monitor all Internet activity and e-mail. You should expect your actions in this area to be monitored at the company’s discretion. Your manager has given you a clear message, and if you do not heed it, you are likely to be surfing the net on your own computer in search of a job. Ken Lloyd is an Encino-based consultant, coach and author who specializes in organizational behavior. He is the author of “Jerks at Work: How to Dealth With People Problems and Problem People.” Write to him at lloydonjob@aol.com160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre This raises one overarching question: How important is it for you to promote excellence? Most successful managers today have an excellent answer. Q I cannot stand my manager who happens to be an owner of the company. He can be friendly, but he can instantly become mean and insulting especially in front of others. Whenever I see his name on an e-mail to me, or whenever he wants to see me, I feel nauseous. I have tried to talk to him, but I’m never comfortable. How do you deal with someone like this? A Your manager’s tendency to be mean and insult you, especially in front of others, is classic bullying. And the fact that he can occasionally be friendly makes this even more sinister. His moments of friendliness can drop the guard of unwary employees, and then his berating behaviors are even more hurtful. It is actually more difficult to deal with people who run hot and cold than to deal with those who are generally one way or the other. When you do not know if you are going to be dealing with Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde, it is difficult to know how to prepare and how to react, whether it’s for a meeting or an e-mail. As a result, you feel nauseous. You are not going to stop this bully from being who and what he is. Nonetheless, you should act assertively and stand up for your beliefs, since bullies do not typically like to confront people who stand up to them, whether literally or figuratively. Q I plan to promote one of my employees to a new position in my department. I have one individual who has been here for four years, and she expects the promotion. I have another employee who has been here for one year but is more qualified and does better work. The longer-term employee will be very upset if she does not get the promotion, and she can create many problems throughout the department. Who do you suggest I promote? A If you promote the longer-term individual, take a look at what else you are promoting. First, you will be promoting a value system that places primary emphasis on loyalty and dedication, rather than productivity and performance. Secondly, there is a less obvious factor that you will be promoting if you go with the longer-term employee. You are concerned that she will be upset and disruptive if she is not promoted. If this is part of your rationale for promoting her, you are essentially rewarding this threat. If you do so, you can expect other employees to use her strategy when they seek promotions. It can be helpful to take a look at your focal point as a manager. Managers who focus on the past are more likely to rely on how long an employee has been with the company. At the same time, managers who focus on the future are likely to rely on how effective an employee has been with the company. last_img read more


first_imgGARTH Brooks fans spent an astonishing €28,620,000 buying tickets to see their hero.The incredible total from booking fees and ticket costs for the 400,000 fans won’t be the only loss if Dublin City Council doesn’t change its mind!The loss in revenue to Dublin has been estimated to be around €10 million each day  – a total of €50 million over the original five days. With Brooks stating tonight that he will do five shows or none at all, something is going to give.And our economy could be first.Around 70,000 of the total tickets were sold to fans from outside Ireland most of whom have booked to fly in for the shows.The whole debacle is turning into an €80 million national farce.With that sort of money on the line, expect lawyers to step into the fray very soon.REVEALED: THE €28 MILLION SPENT ON GARTH BROOKS TICKETS was last modified: July 4th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Croke ParkeconomyGarth Brooksticket costslast_img read more