Rugby League BY MAL TAIME Former PNG Kumul stalwart Raymond Karl knew he played for the PNG Kumuls but did not know his representative number until last week. After retiring from rugby league he went home to spend time in his home province, Southern Highlands. And after more than a decade, Karl had a surprise visit from another former Kumul and PNG Rugby Football League High Performance Manager and Kumul head coach Michael Marum who presented him with a PNG Kumul cap including his Kumul No.179. Before presenting the cap to Karl, Marum said the representative numbers started with the pioneer Kumuls back in 1974 until this year. He said Karl was No.179 while Marum was No.197 and he was proud to present the Kumul cap to Karl written with his representative number. “I am really proud to get my number after almost a decade. I left the rugby league arena and stayed in my village,” Karl said. “I played for the PNG Kumuls and had my representative number but did not know until now I know that (179) was my number,” Karl said in an interview with the Post-Courier. He also encouraged Ialibu Secondary School students to commit themselves to their learning and also follow his footsteps if they were determined to play rugby league in future. Marum and SP PNG Hunters head trainer Solomon Kuluniasi from Milne Bay were in Southern Highlands Province, to conduct and share upskilling sessions with the Ialibu rugby league clubs last Thursday. Former PNG Kumul and 2018-2019 Waghi Tumbe coach Francis Ray, former Mendi Muruks Sova Milfred helped Kuluniasi with the sessions. Most of the people with Ialibu Secondary School students were confused over Kuluniasi’s involvement with rugby league because Milne Bay people play soccer. Former Mendi Muruks player and now Ialibu league president Thomas Undupia called Karl to go and witness Marum address the Ialibu Secondary School students and staff members. When Karl went to the school he met up with Marum they hugged themselves gently because they were part of the PNG Kumuls that toured Europe World Cup in 2000 and other representative duties.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: When the year 2020 began, sporting fans had plenty of reasons to cheer. The Indian Premier League, Euro 2020 Football and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were some of the marquee events which were on the cards. However, the coronavirus pandemic has completely devastated the sporting calendar. The Euro 2020 football tournament has been postponed to 2021 while the Tokyo Olympics was postponed to the summer of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket has also not escaped the wrath of the coronavirus, with all international series postponed. There is a massive cloud hanging over IPL 2020 which was postponed to April 15 but the developments in the last couple of days with regard to the coronavirus is not a good sign.On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown across India in order to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown, which began on midnight March 24 will last till April 14 and that all but seals the fate of IPL 2020. When the BCCI had postponed the IPL to April 15 earlier this month, it had said hosting the tournament would only come into the picture if the situation around the pandemic improves. However, it has only worsened since then with cases surging towards the 500-mark in India.Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia has said a postponment was on the cards looking at the situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic. “The BCCI should really consider postponing the IPL now. As a premier event, we need to act with great responsibility. Contemplation of IPL is inhuman right now. We need to save lives, not IPL. Lets say even if the situation improves by May and I hope it does, who is going to come and play? Will the (foreign players) be even allowed to enter the country?” Wadia said.BCCI HelplessSourav Ganguly, the head of the BCCI, has admitted to the helplessness of the situation and said nothing has changed as they hope against hope in trying to host IPL 2020 in entirety. Speaking to PTI, Ganguly said, “I can’t say anything at the moment. We are at the same place where we were on the day we postponed. Nothing has changed in the last 10 days. So, I don’t have an answer to it. Status quo remains.”The 2020 IPL was postponed to April 15 due to the coronavirus pandemic but it may face a further delay. (Image credit: Getty Images)However, some sources and individuals who are well aware of the development have indicated that the logistical nightmares that will come up even after the lockdown is lifted on April 14 might result in the tournament not being held. They pointed out that foreign players, and even the cricketers themselves might not want to come in the wake of the coronavirus.”If Olympics can be postponed by a year, IPL is a much smaller entity in that regard. It is becoming increasingly difficult to organise. At this point the government is not even thinking about allowing foreign visas. With 21 day lockdown, it is virtually impossible that things will return to normalcy by April 14. It might improve but a lot of restrictions will be in place. So it will be foolish not to cancel the league,” BCCI sources said.Also Read | Entire IPL 2020 Possible Even If It Is Played In First Week Of May – BCCI Official’Stay home, stay home, stay home,’ said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his second national broadcast in last seven days. The coronavirus lockdown will be in force for the next 21 days. “It will be like janta curfew, but a little tougher than that,” PM Modi said. He also stressed on the point that in case India doesn’t observe this 21-day lockdown, the nation will go back for 21 years. “You have to remember that a coronavirus-infected person initially appears to be normal and doesn’t show symptoms. So maintain precautions and stay at home,” PM Modi said while showing a poster with a message about social distancing on live TV. “No matter what happens, we must stay at home. From Prime Minister to someone living in the village, entire country must adhere to corona lockdown,” PM Modi said. “Practice patience and discipline – jaan hai to jahaan hai,” PM Modi said.
Everton are interested in Torino’s Andrea Belotti but will have to fight off a whole host of clubs to secure his signature this summer. That’s according to Tuttosport, who report the 26-year-old is one of several big names at the club that could leave this summer.Torino are currently just two points outside of the relegation zone after a disappointing campaign and, as is always the case, their star players have subsequently been linked with moves away.The club are attempting to ensure they can keep these players, such as Belotti, but they are waiting for ‘important guarantees’ from the club first.Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s claimed that these players ‘don’t trust’ those in charge of the club anymore and all have ‘interesting proposals’ from elsewhere.Belotti, in particular, has a whole host of clubs keen on his signature and, according to the newspaper, Everton are among them.They state that Carlo Ancelotti is ‘very interested’ in the 26-year-old, presumably having been keenly aware of him during his time at Napoli.Indeed, he would have to compete with his former club for the striker’s signature, with Gennaro Gattuso having specifically asked for his signature.Roma, Inter and Atlético Madrid are also keen, meaning Everton will have to fight off stern competition should they decide to make their move.Adding a striker to their squad is unlikely to be among their priorities this summer, though. Ancelotti already has Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison at his disposal, while there is also plenty of faith in Moise Kean too.Belotti would be an expensive signing to make just to add another body, with it far more likely the Blues will look at another young forward to add to their forward line instead.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndo
An attendee exports the Guardman’s booth at the 2015 Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) trade show Montego Bay, Jamaica’s tourist capital, will play host to the 26th staging of Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), set to take place April 29-May 1, 2016 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Over 500 travel agents, hoteliers, allied members and small and medium-sized enterprises are expected to attend this year’s event, organized by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).Prime Minister, the Hon. Andrew Holness, will be special guest at the opening reception, which is co-sponsored by Melia Braco, under the theme: Many Moods of Jamaica.As Jamaica’s premier travel trade event, JAPEX is one of the most important business generators for the island’s tourism industry. In two days of pre-scheduled appointments, wholesalers, tour operators and travel agents will meet face to face with close to 200 of the island’s leading tourism suppliers and linkage partners to conduct business negotiations.“Just mere weeks away, this annual travel trade event offers the ideal platform for Jamaica’s tourism stakeholders to meet, negotiate and learn about improvements in our tourism product,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook. “It is through the Jamaica Product Exchange that a significant number of our industry partners are able to do business with tour operators and travel agents. The business conducted at JAPEX will benefit both tourism partners and other providers of goods and services in Jamaica.”Jamaica is a very accessible destination. Just four hours away from one third of the world and only six hours from the remaining two thirds of the world, the island’s unique geographic location makes it a veritable hub of investment opportunities. Moreover, the country’s road network has been expanded with the building of state-of-the-art highways. The newly opened North-South leg will attract more international businesses and investments.“We look forward to welcoming new and returning buyers to update them on the significant developments of our tourism product,” noted Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the JHTA . Key among them is the addition of new hotel partners and the opening of the North-South Link of Highway 2000, which has already started to bear fruit with the creation of multi-destination packages. We encourage those attending JAPEX to try and experience it for themselves,” she added.
With the Ravens set to trade longtime quarterback Joe Flacco to Denver for a fourth-round pick next month, I’ve offered a dozen thoughts, each in 50 words or less:1. Credit Eric DeCosta for extracting value from an inevitable divorce, especially after the organization hadn’t even tried to be coy about its intentions. I was skeptical he’d find a trade partner. Taking the entire $16 million dead money hit in 2019 will leave a clean salary cap for 2020.2. Flacco will be remembered in part for what he never became — below-average post-Super Bowl numbers bear that out — but he was the best quarterback in team history and, most importantly, a champion. The Ravens are lucky he passed their way after years wasted in the quarterback doldrums.3. It’s easy to say Flacco didn’t live up to his historic contract signed after his 2012 postseason, but the organization never adjusted upon seeing he couldn’t do it by himself, continuing to prioritize defense and putting far fewer resources into the offense. The letdown was mutual at the very least.4. He’d never admit something that’s subconscious anyway, but I don’t think Flacco has recovered mentally from his 2015 ACL injury. Some free-agent departures on the offensive line didn’t help, but his tendencies to check down and feel pressure even when it wasn’t there became more pronounced after the injury.5. The Ravens dumping Anquan Boldin remains indefensible six years later, but the post-Super Bowl fall of Ray Rice was even more devastating to Flacco’s career considering what he produced as a receiver out of the backfield. Baltimore still hasn’t come close to replacing that element.6. Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, and Haloti Ngata are among the best Ravens ever, but they didn’t own a single playoff win until 2008. Flacco benefited greatly from them too, of course, but you wonder what could have been if he’d come along five years earlier instead of Kyle Boller.7. Of the Ravens’ 17 Day 1 and 2 draft picks from 2013-17, Crockett Gillmore, Breshad Perriman, Maxx Williams, and Ronnie Stanley were the only offensive players selected. Flacco’s hefty contract never explained that.8. Durability was one of Flacco’s biggest strengths early in his career, but injuries have either disrupted his preparation or cost him games in each of the last four seasons. It’s tough seeing that trend improving as the 34-year-old enters his 12th year in the NFL.9. I never understood the criticism of Flacco not making his receivers better. Steve Smith and Mike Wallace became 1,000-yard receivers again after appearing to be in decline elsewhere. Torrey Smith’s numbers crashed as soon as he departed. Who are these former Ravens receivers who suddenly blossomed elsewhere?10. It’s strange to think exactly six years, two months, and one day after the “Mile High Miracle,” the Broncos will officially welcome Flacco to Denver. I’m guessing Rahim Moore and Jacoby Jones won’t be at the introductory press conference.11. Flacco didn’t perform to his record contract, but he remained a good teammate and never complained about the aforementioned variables that didn’t help his cause. Yes, he made a ton of money, but that hasn’t stopped other high-priced athletes from being malcontents over the years.12. What would you really change about the Flacco era? The Ravens weren’t letting the Super Bowl MVP walk, and he had extraordinary contract leverage. The success early in his career should far outweigh the last several years in which he and Baltimore remained competitive but weren’t quite good enough.
Berlin-based organisation G2 Esports has announced a League of Legends-specific partnership with financial services corporation Mastercard.The deal will see the two parties collaborate on behind-the-scenes content and fan-focused activations.Logo credits: G2 Esports, MastercardRELATED: G2 Esports enters strategic partnership with Hdac TechnologyCarlos “Ocelote” Rodriguez, CEO of G2 Esports discussed the partnership in a release: “League of Legends has given G2 incredible priceless moments as winners at the Mid-season Invitational and bringing home both the Spring and Summer LEC Championship titles. We are excited now to return the favor and give the loyal #G2ARMY priceless moments through exclusive experiences and behind-the-scenes content thanks to our partnership with Mastercard.”Mastercard will also sponsor digital content that follows G2 Esports’ League of Legends team through the 2020 LEC season, including the organisation’s ‘Priceless Moments’ weekly series. Mastercard entered a multi-year partnership with Riot Games in September last year to sponsor its global events, and expanded the deal to cover the LCS in August.RELATED: G2 Esports delivers partnership with Domino’s for LoL WorldsJeannette Lindo, SVP of European Marketing & Communications at Mastercard added: “As G2 prepares to face off at the monumental League of Legends World Championship Finals, we are excited to provide the League of Legends community exclusive Mastercard experiences that bring fans closer to the teams and players they admire. By partnering with G2 Esports we will be able to deepen our engagement with the esports passion and build upon our vision of bringing powerful content and priceless experiences to fans.”G2 Esports partnered with Domino’s in October for the League of Legends World Championship, in which the team has qualified for the grand final at the time of writing. The organisation is also partnered with Hdac Technology, Red Bull, Logitech G, AOC, paysafecard, Twitch, nicecactus.gg, AORUS, and NEEDforSEAT.Esports Insider says: G2 Esports partnering with Mastercard makes sense considering the popularity of the team and Mastercard’s existing involvement in League of Legends. Money can buy you Caps, but winning Worlds? Priceless.ESI Autumn Forum – Find out more
If you go to any public gym, you’ll see an indoor cycle. What online platform Zwift has done to not only reinvent indoor cycling, but turn it into a game in its own right, is nothing short of impressive.Image credit: ZwiftAllowing users to train and compete in a virtual world, much of the gameplay is reliant on physical prowess and fitness – something rather unusual to esports on a wide scale. What was once an innocent attempt at livening up the activity of indoor cycling may have introduced a whole new genre to the burgeoning industry of competitive gaming.Once you get past the somewhat-costly fee required to acquire a solid setup, it’s as easy as inputting your information and getting going. The harder you pedal, the faster your in-game avatar rides – it’s that simple.OK, but how is it an esport?It’s undeniable that the online platform incorporates elements of gaming into its offering – just take one look at what’s happening in-game – though, perhaps most interestingly, it provides the most true blend of both physical and virtual competition we’ve seen yet.We’ve seen transferable skills in simulation racing – with the Formula 1 launching its own esports initiative, for example – and Zwift seems to fall into a similar, if not more intense, category. Physical fitness and endurance is needed to compete among the best, but strategy and mental smarts is what separates the winners from the losers.In September last year, the International Cycling Union announced a partnership with Zwift to launch its very first esports world championship in 2020.At the time, David Lappartient, President of Union Cycliste Internationale explained the decision: “Zwift is a platform that is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. However, there is a particularly exciting opportunity through esports as we look to attract a younger audience to cycling. Together we have an opportunity to support a fitter youth, through the creation of a new sustainable sport.”The definition of esports is somewhat loose and changes depending on who’s asked about it, but most would agree that it simply boils down to fair competition taking place on video games. Zwift has evolved indoor biking into its very own video game, retaining the physical aspects while incorporating elements of the ever-popular gaming industry to appeal to a whole new audience.Some will say it’s an esport, others will flat-out deny it. Either way, teams are forming and taking it as seriously as rosters do in any esports title you can think of. There’s even the likes of Zwift Community Live, the leading broadcast initiative for the competitive community, led by Nathan Guerra – who many consider to be the voice of the esport. Covering competitions with expert, professional commentary and insight, Zwift Community Live is doing a good job at highlighting the esport, its riders, and its teams.Meet EVOQ.BIKE p/b EnshoredThough Zwift is undoubtedly still in its infancy when it comes to its status as an esport, teams are forming with real athletic prowess and the smarts to match: meet EVOQ.BIKE p/b Enshored, a professional team co-founded by Patrick Mahoney, CEO of We Are Nations. Incredibly well-versed in esports through running We Are Nations, Mahoney and his teammates formed the side in late 2019.There isn’t a $30 million Zwift World Cup that attracts millions of viewers just yet, but EVOQ.BIKE p/b Enshored is still showing other teams how it’s done while the esport develops and grows. Crafting a professional appearance, infrastructure, and approach to competing, this team in particular is simply setting itself up for when Zwift – in their minds, at the very least – inevitably blows up.Image credit: EVOQ.BIKE p/b EnshoredWith both an in-game and real life kit already designed and ready to go, the team practices daily with each rider having their own speciality and preference when it comes to the types of races available. Take Adam Zimmerman, the 2018 USA National Zwift champion, for example. Before he even took to Zwift, he was an accomplished, elite rider in the traditional sense. While taking care of a new-born baby, Zimmerman practices for hours each day from the comfort of his own home – preparing for the next time that he’ll be competing.Zimmerman isn’t the only example of racers jumping ship, either. There’s a whole host of riders that train and race on Zwift that currently compete in the UCI World Tour, the top flight of competition for professional riders on the world stage. Much like sim racing can help drivers get into shape for a race, Zwift offers that opportunity for real-life riders too.Speaking of competitions, one look at Zwift Power will show you the breadth of races available for budding and professional riders alike. Zimmerman, according to the database, has competed in 265 races – the highest among his teammates – and has covered almost 22,000 kilometers at the time of writing. That’s some undeniable dedication.There are a growing number of competitors for EVOQ.BIKE p/b Enshored showing up on Zwift, but it’s fair to say that it’s setting the standard. The future of Zwift esports isn’t as clearly defined as other titles but whatever direction it takes will break new ground, an occurrence that’s all too familiar in the trailblazing esports industry.Subscribe to ESI on YouTube
Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Hulu(LOS ANGELES) — Hulu’s also announced the premiere date for season three of their hit dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale. The series returns Wednesday, June 5 with three new episodes dropped for immediate viewing, followed by a subsequent new episode each week after. Unfortunately, the late return means The Handmaid’s Tale won’t be eligible for the 2019 Emmys, due to the deadlines set by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Rams safety Eric Weddle has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol after leaving Sunday’s 30-27 win over the Panthers, coach Sean McVay said Sunday, per the Los Angeles Times.Weddle was carted off the field in the second quarter in Charlotte after Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey made contact with Weddle’s head while leaping over him. Kyler Murray never lost faith despite ‘pretty ugly’ start to NFL debut Dak Prescott contract: Jerry Jones says extension for Cowboys QB ‘imminent,’ but did price just go up? An official timetable for Weddle’s recovery remains unknown, as does his availability for Week 2, though his status will be updated later this week.Weddle, 34, is in his first season with the Rams after spending the previous three with the Ravens. He initially was selected by the Chargers in the second round of the 2007 draft and remained with the team until 2016.The Rams are slated to host the Saints for their home opener at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday. Related News Dolphins deny report players have requested trades after blowout Week 1 loss to Ravens Eric Weddle down injured after McCaffrey made contact with the safety’s head leaping over him. pic.twitter.com/a8KU7c0jt5— Sports Gifs & Videos (@Supreme_gifs) September 8, 2019It was a scary scene as Weddle was motionless on the field for a few minutes before sitting up to be tended to by trainers. He was visibly bloodied and needed help standing before being taken to the locker room for further evaluation.Eric Weddle with an awful head injury. Scary. #Rams pic.twitter.com/Ck3d4whFN8— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) September 8, 2019LIVE: Eric Weddle pic.twitter.com/gX497lcdjG— Alpha Omega Sports Picks (@alphaompicks) September 8, 2019″When you lose somebody like Eric with what he means to our team — the communication, some of those things— it can be deflating,” McVay said. “But I thought our guys did a great job handling it.”
Kendrick Lee Chapman, age 79, a Wellington, KS resident since 1974, died Tuesday evening, September 19, 2017 at Wellington Health and Rehab. He was a retired farmer.Kendrick Lee Chapman was born on May 27, 1938 in Beattie, KS to Clarence Raymond Chapman and Esta May (Winney) Chapman.He was preceded in death by his parents.Survivors include his brother, Dean Chapman of Humboldt, NE and two sisters, Karon Phillips of Roanoke, VA and Mary Saunders of Tigard, OR.Private family services will be held at a later date.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.net