Marum confirms Raymond Karl was PNG Kumul No. 179

first_imgRugby 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.last_img read more

Juve’s Paul Pogba sets sights on Barça move as talks progress

first_img Barça have taken a step forward, speaking with both Juve and Pogba. They now know the numbers of the operation will cost a lot, but the deal is possible and they are ready to close an agreement. Juve don’t want to sell this summer for less than 80 million euros, although everything will be easier if the operation is closed for June 2016.  Upd. at 14:15 Without doubt, it is a complicated operation and could be one of the most expensive in Barça’s history, but they look keen to push through with it. Pogba is very close to the Catalan club right now. One of they keys will be the Champions League final. If Barça beat Juve, Pogba will be desperate to sign. The only doubt would be that they can’t sign him this summer. He could wait at Juve for a year, which, as stated, he wouldn’t necessarily mind, but Raiola thinks the moment has come to move on.  Lluís Miguelsanz Both Pogba and Raiola see Barça as the best option for the player when he leaves Juve, and they hope the Catalan club will make enough effort to reach an agreement with the Italian champions. Talks are continuing, but Pogba doesn’t want to give a definitive answer until after the Champions League final in Berlin.  For the first time in recent months, Barcelona now have concrete reasons to believe they could sign Paul Pogba from Juventus. Contact with the player’s agent, Mino Raiola, has been positive and the French midfielder’s priority is to sign for Barça.  That could suit Barça, with FIFA’s ban currently preventing them from making signings this summer.  Nobody can compete with those figures, but the player’s agent has asked for Barça to make an effort. They would be ready to spend to see Pogba dressed in azulgrana, convinced that he fits perfectly into the club’s current style and system.  CEST There was a good feeling between both parties, but Raiola asked for an official move, rather than just talks with Braida. And that has now happened.  21/05/2015 Pogba isn’t certain he’s ready to leave Juventus this summer either and is still thinking about his destination. He’s clear that his dream is to play for a winning team and that, as of today, is why he wants to sign for Barça. He wants to play alongside Messi and also be a key man in the future of the club. For that reason, he’s not sure about Manchester City. The English club have shown they are ready to break the bank to sign him with an offer of 100 million euros and a hige salary. However, that could all be resolved if Juve gave him a new contract with more money ahead of a transfer next year.  Things have not been easy, with Barça not deciding to play all their cards until the last month. There was a meeting with Raiola around four weeks ago. It was a meeting arranged by Ariedo Braida, who is currently loosely filling the role vacated by Andoni Zubizarreta.  Everything will become clear in the middle of June, or perhaps a little later, such as the beginning of July. And Barça and Manchester City look like being the two finalists in the battle for the summer’s most wanted star. last_img read more

Bellerin: I will be here until Del Bosque says so

first_imgArsenal right-back Hector Bellerin says it’s a “dream” to be with the Spanish national team, who he will remain with until the coach says so. On Tuesday, the final 23-man list for the European Championships will be named.  Bellerin added that he has “passed through all the Spanish youth teams and that’s a treat” because it has formed him and now he is living his “dream” of being with the full squad. He said Spain are a team “that plays football, which has the ball”, but also which “concedes very few goals”. On Sunday he received more positive news when it was revealed that, for now, he will continue with La Roja due to Carvajal’s fitness problems. He wanted to send a message of support to the Real Madrid man.  CEST The absence of Carvajal, who was on the original 25-man list which has to be cut to 23, has opened the door for Bellerin to go to Euro 2016. The Arsenal defender preferred to be cautious, though, when speaking on Monday as he waits for Del Bosque’s decision.  Bellerin is the only of the 11 young players called up by Vicente del Bosque to prepare for this summer’s tournament in France who is still with the squad, due to the injury suffered by Dani Carvajal in the final of the Champions League. center_img The Catalan said that before being called up for the pre-tournament training, he had planned a holiday with his girlfriend. It was, therefore, a “surprise” when he was named as one of the 11 young players who would train with the squad for the first week of preparation.  30/05/2016 at 18:05 EFE “The first thing I want to do is wish [Carvajal] a quick recovery. He is a team-mate and that is the most important thing. With respect to me, I will be here until the coach tells me otherwise,” he manifested. last_img read more

Big ‘no’ to cheap housing

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS NEIGHBOURS surrounding a proposed affordable community housing hub in Pakenham have held at least two large public…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Selkirk College Sets Tone for Season with Stellar Home Weekend

first_imgIn the middle frame, the Saints scored a pair of powerplay goals courtesy of Blake Sidoni and Jaiden LaPorte to go up 3-1 seven minutes into the period. The Vikes then got a powerplay goal of their own before the period ended to make it 3-2. The third period was the most exciting 20 minutes of the game with chances for both teams. Saints starting goaltender Tallon Kramer was solid all game long and stellar in the last minute where he made a pair of clutch game-saving stops to preserve the win. “These guys want to win and that is the attitude in the room,” says Hnatiuk. “As a coach, that is the culture you want to build and it is coming together in that capacity.”Saturday night’s rematch was a rollercoaster affair that started 13 minutes into the game when second-year forward Sebastian Powsey scored for Selkirk College. The second period saw the University of Victoria score three unanswered goals when Keenan Eddy, David Stickney and Hunt scored in the stanza. Hunt’s second of the weekend came with only 12 seconds left in the period.Unwilling to fold, the Saints stormed back in the third with former Castlegar Rebels standout Dallas Goodwin narrowing the margin to 3-2 just over seven minutes in. Kramer again helped keep his team stay alive when the Vikes put pressure on which set the stage for Joe Gage’s goal with only eight seconds remaining on the clock that sent the game into overtime.In the extra frame, Foley scored his second goal of the weekend to empty the Saints bench and bring the supportive crowd to their feet.“It was great to get back on track with a couple of wins, now we need to keep building because the whole season is made up of numerous steps before we get to the final goal,” says Hnatiuk. “We have built the foundation and each week we need to take a step forward… this weekend was an example of that and we can keep building.”The Saints have a week off before heading back to Vancouver Island for a pair of games against the Vikes and Vancouver Island University. They will return home on November 8 and 9 to take on defending BCIHL champion Trinity Western University.: The vibe in the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre this past weekend felt more like early-March than mid-October with the Selkirk College Saints and University of Victoria Vikes battling in a two-game series that had the intensity of the post-season.The Saints home opening weekend featured a pair of terrific British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) games that resulted in a tight 3-2 win for Selkirk College on Friday night and a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory on Saturday. “It was our home opener and it felt like playoffs,” says Saints head coach Dave Hnatiuk. “Hopefully that is what we can expect every weekend because this is a small league and there is parody amongst all the teams. That’s what it will take to be successful this season.”After dropping the first two road games of the regular season on the road earlier this month, the Saints were hungry for a win and came out strong in Friday night’s contest. Rookie forward Johnny Foley got the home side on the board with five minutes left in the opening period when he took the puck all the way up the right wing boards and cut to the net for his first of the year. Former Saints forward Sawyer Hunt responded five seconds later with a goal for UVic that tied the game at 1-1 after 20 minutes.last_img read more

News Focus: Donegal County Council says it is on the right road

first_imgRoad users across Donegal are seeing the culmination of years of work in roadworks underway, says Donegal County Council.Here, Aine McHugh, executive engineer with Donegal County Council’s National Roads Office, said those works also illustrate the NRO’s priorities.“It’s really about the connections between places where people work, live, and socialise, and making Donegal that wee bit closer to the rest of the country,” she said. “Our office is about getting people to places in as safe and as reliable a way as we can, and opening up the north-west for investment, employment, tourism, and all the other things the north-west can offer.”“While construction is the most public phase of a project, it only begins after the NRO has completed an often long and complicated process that includes initial feasibility, route selection, planning, CPO/land acquisition, detailed design and tendering – work that can take years in some cases.“Information is gathered during development of a scheme from consultation and input from the public, environmental and traffic studies, existing ground profiles, and ground and archaeological investigations. All projects are subject to national rating and appraisal, so justifying getting each scheme funded is a major task.“And then the roads built and the traffic is on it, and it’s like it was always there,” Aine said. “That’s the best part, when you get your scheme built and you can see the planning turned into reality, and you can see the benefits that people get from it.”Aine McHugh, Executive Engineer with Donegal County Council’s National Roads OfficeCrews are on site at several major works in the county: realignment of the stretch of the N56 known locally as the Blue Banks, from Coolboy to Kilmacrennan; of the N56 from Mountcharles to Drumbeigh; of the N56 from north of Glenties to Boyoughter, part of the upgrade from Dungloe to Kilraine; and the next phase of Blackburn Bridge works on the N15, from Cappry to Ballybofey.“You’re building quite a large, high-standard road while still maintaining traffic of 7,000 vehicles a day, which is one of the most difficult parts of that type of road construction,” Aine said. “One of the challenges is making sure everybody can get to work, get to school, get to wherever they have to be, and still build the road safely and efficiently.”Regional Donegal NRO teams serve the north-west with an overall €34 million budget for 2018.As well as roadworks, the NRO is also responsible for 39,000 signs, more than 4,500km of road lining, at least 730 structures, and an extensive road safety programme covering seven counties, including Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Galway, Monaghan, and Cavan. The €12 million pavement programme is providing renewal and repair over a length of 32km on the national network throughout Donegal, and the bridge management section have advanced schemes throughout the region, including the new footbridge at the River Finn in Ballybofey.The NRO work closely with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, formerly the National Roads Authority.“We work to very high-quality standards laid out by the TII, and you need to meet these standards while identifying local needs, and integrate it as best you can with the existing environment to minimize the impact on people and property,” Aine said. “It’s not an easy task.”The benefits are tangible. She pointed to the work on the N56 near Glenties that has already eliminated the “Gweebarra bends” and “Meenacarn bends” as an example. “That’s a good example in that it is a part of the county where the scenery is spectacular and it’s such a high tourism attraction, but buses were finding it difficult to manoeuvre along that road because of the tight bends,” Aine said. “These improvements have made this area more accessible for bus tours and opened up that part of the county even more for tourism.”Cycleways and footways are a new addition to national roads projects. The N56 from Dungloe to Glenties and the new road at the Blue Banks will include cycleways, adding to road safety.Aine has been with the NRO since 2004 and was introduced to the council roads section earlier, when she was studying civil engineering at Queens University Belfast – one of five women in a class of 75 – and worked for the council for several summers during her studies.NRO engineers always have several major projects at different stages on the go as well as ongoing maintenance and improvements. During the economic downturn, the council adopted a strategy of working on smaller roads projects and doing the planning and design necessary to get work “shovel-ready”.A view of work at the “Blue Banks” on the N56, Coolboy to Kilmacrennan.“Then when money became available, we were one of the first off the block,” Aine said.The NRO are also progressing other major works through the design phase. “We are now working towards some really important larger projects and it’s great to see the progression of the Trans European Transport Network project, which includes the N14 Manorcunningham to Lifford, the N15/N13 Ballybofey-Stranorlar area, and the N56/N13/N14 Letterkenny to Manorcunningham.“These road improvement schemes are so badly needed in the county,” she said.News Focus: Donegal County Council says it is on the right road was last modified: February 5th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:county councildonegalROADSlast_img read more

Rib Lake tops Columbus Catholic in WIAA Division 4 softball regional quarterfinal

first_imgDons ends season 3-14By Paul LeckerSports ReporterRIB LAKE — The Marshfield Columbus Catholic softball team saw its season come to an end with a 9-8 loss to Rib Lake in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday. Statistics from the game were not provided.The ninth-seeded Dons end the season with a 3-14 record.Rib Lake (7-12) moves on to a regional semifinal on Wednesday at Thorp (22-2).(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of

Nissan works at keeping it local

first_img“Conversely, a project with higher volumes and longer remaining model life provides more opportunity to pay back the investment of localising.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material There is a relationship between the level of local content and the specific vehicle project: “A project with a relatively short model life and/or relatively low volumes will not attract high levels of local content,” Haasbroek said. In addition to this, benchmarking of cost structures allows for the identification of focus areas to reduce cost, made possible by the power of the Renault Nissan Purchasing Organisation – the alliance partnership between the two automotive manufacturers. Another challenge for local suppliers is the advantage that some global suppliers have in countries with a high total industry volume, which allows for competitive costs structures and improved efficiencies. 26 March 2010 However, Nissan South Africa said it was partnering with local suppliers to respond to this challenge, including facilitating linkages between local and global parts suppliers. “In this way we work with suppliers to become globally competitive, with the aim of ensuring sustainability of the local industry,” Haasbroek said. Responding to challenges Nissan South Africa’s localisation strategy is in alignment with the objectives of the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), effective from 2013 onwards, which will offer incentives to manufacturers who produce in excess of 50 000 vehicles. Increasing local content Nissan South Africa is helping its local parts suppliers to enter into technical cooperation agreements with overseas suppliers in order to remain globally competitive and, ultimately, to enhance the local content level of vehicles made in South Africa. He said that the pressure on local suppliers was likely to increase as global suppliers found innovative ways to reduce costs, including those of logistics, while local raw material suppliers continued to apply “benchmarked” pricing – not to mention the impact of the electricity price hike. For this reason, local content on the Hardbody range, a Nissan SA mainstay, has significantly higher local content than some other vehicles, coming in at almost 60%, and Haasbroek said the company was aiming to increase local content in the vehicle by an additional 7%. “It is not simply about sourcing with the lowest cost supplier, but about partnering with suppliers that share our vision of a sustainable and competitive auto industry and [original equipment manufacturer] supplier base in South Africa,” Nissan SA purchasing general manager Stefan Haasbroek said in a statement this week, adding that such collaboration would ultimately enhance local content levels. “In order to increase production volume – a Nissan target going forward to meet APDP requirements – we are driving hard to increase local content to above an average of 60% on key models while maintaining globally competitive cost structures,” Haasbroek said. “So the local supplier base has challenges in terms of model complexities and short production runs due to – comparatively speaking – low volumes in South Africa,” Haasbroek said. “However, this can be overcome by being innovative, flexible and resilient.”last_img read more

IntenseDebate Makes Comments More Interesting: Introduces Plugins

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Product Reviews#web frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… IntenseDebate, a commenting plugin for popular blog platforms like WordPress, Blogger, and TypePad, just announced that it will allow third-party developers to write plugins on top of its new Plugin API. The company launched this new feature today with plugins for PollDaddy, Seesmic, and YouTube. Publishers can easily activate these new plugins from their IntenseDebate dashboard.The current crop of plugins was created by IntenseDebate’s own programmers, but it will be interesting to see what new ways of expanding and enhancing comments the developer community can come up with. Adding videos and polls, while interesting, will surely only be the beginning.Competition The market for commenting services has become quite competitive lately. Yahoo, for example, just announced an alliance with JS-Kit yesterday, and Facebook also just released a commenting plugin based on Facebook Connect as its first social widget. Other competitors of IntenseDebate are obviously Disqus, which already offers integration with Seesmic, and Google’s Friend Connect. None of these, however, offer the extensibility that IntenseDebate’s new plugins now offer. Adding these plugins looks like a smart move on IntenseDebate’s part. Not only can it now tap into a pool of talented coders (and possibly hire the best ones in the long run), but – once more plugins become available –  it will also be able to offer its users new features that none of its competitors offer. At the same time, this also allows the IntenseDebate team to focus on its own core product and the stability and speed of its service.What Would You Add?If you could write a plugin to extend your favorite commenting platform, which features would you add? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Falcons edge Bulldogs for 2-2 record

first_imgTrump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Adamson had four players scoring in double digits, and that was the kind of production head coach Franz Pumaren envisioned his team would have coming into the season. “What I saw right now was the team that I envisioned at the start of the season wherein each and everyone will contribute one way or the other,” said Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPapi Sarr led Adamson with a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double while Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jonathan Espeleta had 13 points apiece.Jerie Pingoy filled the stat sheets with 12 points, five assists, and six steals for the Falcons. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Pumaren on UE’s 0-4 start: ‘We need everyone to contribute’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Kurt Lojera scored his lone field goal of the game on a pull-up jumper to give Adamson a 10-point lead, 76-66, while Sarr and Sean Manganti scored five straight points for an 81-69 buffer with 2:40 left as the Falcons kept the Bulldogs at bay.Jayjay Alejandro was the lone offensive bright spot for NU as he finished with 25 points, on 10-of-20 shooting, with seven rebounds. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans FILE PHOTO – Adamson center Papi Sarr during the Falcons’ game against the La Salle Green Archers. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University evened its record in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament tripping National University, 83-76, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons improved to 2-2 tying the Bulldogs at the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more