Cultural groups who came from Bougainville, Morobe, East Sepik, Jiwaka, Mendi, Daru, Gulf and East New Britain are residing at the PNG Education Institute.Morobe has brought in the highest number of cultural groups with 93 performers.Out of the 93 performers, 30 dancers come from Malai in the Tewai Siasi District, 30 from Yalu and a 33 member conch shell band from Buingim in Nawai District. Morobe provincial minister for sports and culture Amos Wallace said they’re proud to be part of the opening ceremony.He said they’re excited to showcase their tradition as part of the cultural exhibition for the benefit of the visitors from the 23 countries.East Sepik has brought in 24 people of two separate cultural groups from Chambri and Korogu in the Wosera Gawi District who will be performing traditional dances.A 21 member group from Wisai in South Buin, Bougainville will perform with bamboo flutes.Close to 300 cultural performers from all across PNG are part of the Games opening ceremony on July 4.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lucena, Laguna swimmers strike gold; Yulo, Castillo go on gymnastics romp Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption The only thing Adamson and La Salle shared Wednesday night was a pair of victories forged through big games from their standouts.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I think I’ve run that play for like a 100 times in practice. Like what I told you guys before, Justine will play a big role for us this season,” said Gonzalez, whose squad rallied from 11 points down in the second period.“I told him to shoot when he gets the ball,” Gonzalez added.The third-year big man notched a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Aljun Melecio led all scorers with 19 points for La Salle, which bounced back from a 68-61 loss to Far Eastern University last Sept. 9.The Archers actually ended the game on a 6-0 spurt after Troy Rike gave the Bulldogs a 76-74 edge with 1:42 remaining.“Whatever the odds, the adversity they faced earlier in the game, I looked at them and saw their composure,” Gonzalez, who is in his first year at La Salle’s helm following the transfer of Aldin Ayo to University of Santo Tomas.Rookie Dave Ildefonso led NU, which slipped to 1-1, for the second straight game with 16 points.Pumaren had to call for a timeout near the midway mark of the second quarter after the Red Warriors, crushed by the University of the Philippines in their first game this season, grabbed a 28-25 edge.“We started flat and I just wanted to pick up the intensity,” said Ahanmisi. When the buzzer sounded for each team, however, their coaches had opposite reactions to the wins.For Adamson’s Franz Pumaren, it was dissatisfaction over how the Falcons mishandled a match against the lowly University of the East Warriors before finally emerging with a 90-76 victory in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Nothing against UE, but we made it a very difficult game on our part,” Pumaren told reporters. “I guess that some of the guys coming into this game the mentality is that UE is just gonna roll over and give the ball to us but it’s different.”Sean Manganti scored 27 points, his personal best in the UAAP but it was Jerrick Ahanmisi who led a pivotal second quarter breakaway to finish with 17 points. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ahanmisi sparked a 17-4 Adamson surge in the final six minutes and 14 seconds of the first half where the Falcons turned a three-point deficit into a 42-32 halftime spread and never looked back.Papi Sarr notched a double-double with 15 points and 21 rebounds for the Falcons, who improved to 2-0.La Salle also took some time before snatching control from National University, needing a huge go-ahead basket by Justine Baltazar to ice a 80-76 triumph in the other game.But coach Louie Gonzalez was obviously elated with the win, especially since it was off a play they had prepared for a lot of times.Baltazar hit a jumper from the left baseline off an inbound pass to put the Green Archers ahead, 78-76, with 28 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT
The dismal defeat of our Under 20 Women’s Football Club by their Nigerian counterparts last Sunday is a horrid reminder of the deep and serious trouble Liberian football is in, and has been for a long time.How on earth is it possible that the Liberian people, and their government, which happens to be headed by a woman, will disgrace their own mothers? Those girls on that football squad are all our mothers.We understand that there had been a plan to encamp them for at least 15 days prior to the match, for training. But then the perennial Liberian excuse popped up—no money. The question immediately arises: Why are we so unpatriotic? Truly, if we loved our country, money would NEVER be an issue where national honor is involved. We understand that when Musa Bility became president of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) in 2010, he signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Youth and Sports stating that the LFA alone would be responsible for Liberian football. From that time it seems GOL has washed its hands of football and stood aside uninterestedly and permitted Africa’s oldest independent republic to face one defeat after another, all over the continent and globe, and even here at home. What we and our government do not realize is that whenever our players—the various clubs, the Female Lone Star Squad or the Lone Star itself—suffer defeat, it is not the LFA that is defeated. No, the international media never says the LFA was defeated. Just as they blasted this week, it was Liberia that was humiliatingly defeated—yes, Liberia—not LFA!We call on Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe to reread that MOU between his Ministry and the LFA and have it immediately rescinded (annulled, withdrawn). We make this call because it is patently (clearly, deliberately) wrong for the LFA to take sole responsibility for the Lone Star, the sports and athletics SYMBOL of our nation. The Lone Star should be and IS the full responsibility of the Republic of Liberia, just as all African and other governments around the world are not only responsible for, but SERIOUSLY and ACTIVELY interested in their national squads. Was it not President John Mahama of Ghana who rushed US$5 million to Brazil for the Black Stars during last year’s World Cup? Did not German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck fly to San Paula to see Germany win the World Cup? Their presence inspired the players to win the Cup for the first time in 24 years! Was it not President Mandela himself who inspired South Africa’s all-white Springboks Rugby Team to go and win the 1995 World Cup? His message to each player was, “Play for South Africa’s pride.”Surely, as the organization responsible for football in Liberia, the LFA should be interested in the fate of the Lone Star and its affiliates. But we insist that it is the GOL that is ULTIMATELY responsible for the Lone Star, which is also our National Emblem—the Flag. With the GOL and the LFA working hand in hand, surely the Lone Star could shine and succeed—but not with LFA alone. See how we have lost so miserably, see how we have so many times been disgraced. Yet Mr. Bility says he wants to run for the FIFA presidency. Does he not know that charity begins at home? The people whom he expects to vote for him will first ask, What has he done for Liberia—how has he helped his own team, the Lone Star? If he has nothing to show, they will have nothing to offer him—certainly not FIFA’s coveted crown. A leading retired Liberian footballer has another explanation about why the GOL has neglected football and Lone Star. He says GOL has decided it does not want another George Weah, who will become a new Liberian superstar and enter politics. But though this may be plausible (possible), we reject this view because we fail to believe that the Liberian government would succumb to such mean-spiritedness, shortsightedness and shamefulness. We now call on the Lone Star’s Chief Patron, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to convene immediately a roundtable of all stakeholders to discuss how we can remedy Liberian football. These stakeholders should include the MYS, LFA, former Lone Star international stars like Senator George Weah and James Salinsa Debbah, other Liberian international players, and former Lone Star Coach Josiah Johnson, whose son is playing in Europe. Other stakeholders are former Invincible President Willard Russell and Barrolle Executive Member, Cllr. T.C. Gould, who is also Old Timers Football President, and Counselor Estrada Bernard, former MYS Minister. Let them sit and reason together to determine how the Lone Star can become second to none in Africa. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…GTT urges customers to stay alert, secure pinsThe Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) reported a hike in scamming reports from customers in the Mobile Money Department.According to GTT, as a result of the increasing reports of scams, it has taken several measures to encourage customers to stay alert of fraudsters.Vice President of Customer Experience at GTT, Orson Ferguson in a release from the telephone company is quoted as saying that since the start of 2019, the company has ventured into an intense campaign to have customers stay alert.“Mobile Money has long pledged to make the lives of all Guyanese easy, allowing persons to make everyday payments in an innovative, safe and secure way with unrivalled convenience. We ask of all customers to be vigilant, protect yourself and stay alert as you continue to use our great service,” he added.The company is advising its MMG customers to never share their Personal Identification Number (PIN) with anyone, as this can compromise the security of their mobile wallet. It stated that in the event that a customer’s PIN is compromised, the company encourages the consumers to make contact with GTT’s Call Centre at 0488 to assist in resetting their PIN number or the MMG user can use the “My Wallet” option in the menu to change their PINs.Additionally, MMG customers are also being warned to beware of persons pretending to be MMG/GTT staff, Government officials and MMG agents asking them to transfer, deposit or disclose their PIN.MMG Manager, Nicola Duggan disclosed that lately most of the scam reports surrounded that of persons pretending to be Government officials or GTT staff. “We will never ask our customers to credit, transfer or deposit money to other numbers for any of our promotions and the Government officials have confirmed the same on their part.”Duggan added, “We want to assure our customers that we will continue to work assiduously with law enforcement to reduce and if possible put a complete stop to these scams. But for now we will continue to educate our users to protect their money in their account by staying alert”.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies are excited to finally begin their season on home ice this coming weekend when they play their second game of the season against the Sexsmith Vipers.While the Huskies have gone 1-2 in their first three games, head coach Todd Alexander says that the team’s record isn’t telling the whole story. “We’ve got a lot more going on than just what our record is,” said Alexander. “We’ve done a lot of really good things in those three games. We’re learning a lot, we’re a young hockey club so we need a little bit more time to figure things out. It’s not like you can just throw certain plays out there with a veteran team.” Indeed, the Huskies and North Peace Navigators are both tied in having the most number of rookies in the NWJHL, with ten each.”Despite this, Alexander says that the group shows incredible promise going into their first home game, provided they keep their emotions in check. “The excitement of finally being home with the group, for a lot of them this will be their first time going through this so it’s gonna be imperative for us to control our emotions in this hockey game. We’re gonna be pretty excited, pretty jacked up.”- Advertisement -Facing off against the Vipers, Alexander says that the team will be focusing on coming out guns blazing. “Not looking around and waiting to see who’s going to step up and start playing. They just need to step up as a group and get playing together right off the hop. We have been a little bit concerned, two out of three games we haven’t started very good. We definitely did a better job of that against Fairview last game.” Alexander added that the Huskies, who have had no problems getting shots to the net, will also be focusing on maintaining more of a presence in front of the net in order to capitalize on rebounds.The Huskies face off against the Vipers on Saturday night at the North Peace Arena, where they will also be debuting their new jerseys. Warm up starts at 7:30 p.m., with the puck drop at 8:00.
Museum Manager Daria Dolsen says the museum has received funding from the B.C. Gaming Grants. This year, she says those funds are being scaled back, and the museum cannot depend on that money.Dolsen says if the City decides to grant the museum this extra money, the funds will go towards operating costs, added exhibits and increased advertising.[asset|aid=1985|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ef7ed824ef2085747ac0ea20da186563-Daria Dolsen 1_2_Pub.mp3]This is the second round of discussions that Council is holding over the Grant-in-Aid allocations.Advertisement Last year, Council awarded non-profits a total of $924,724. It’s expected that number will increase as many non-profits are looking for increased funding for 2010.Council will once again listen to more non-profits requests on October 19th and 26th.For information on the October 5th Grant-in-Aid allocation discussions, Click Here. Fort St. John City Councilors continue to consider funding requests from local non-profit organizations.During the Committee of the Whole meeting on Tuesday night, two groups came out to present their request.Representatives from the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club are asking for $1,500 – the same amount the club received last year.- Advertisement -Volunteer Ben Mitchell-Banks says this money will go towards grooming the Links Trails.[asset|aid=1984|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ef7ed824ef2085747ac0ea20da186563-Ben Mitchell Banks 1_2_Pub.mp3]Now, the North Peace Museum is requesting $50,000, which is $40,000 more than last year’s request.Advertisement
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has joined Leicester City on a permanent deal.The Australian shot-stopper had fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the return of Thibaut Courtois from his loan spell at Atletico Madrid.And the Blues boss admitted being third choice at the club behind Courtois and Petr Cech was difficult for a goalkeeper of Schwarzer’s “dimension”.“We have lost a big man, we’ve lost Schwarzer,” Mourinho revealed after Chelsea’s 3-0 FA Cup third round victory against Watford on Sunday. “We miss him and we wish him all the best.“He is a fantastic goalkeeper for us but this season the situation has changed. He has become the third [choice goalkeeper] which is a very difficult situation for a goalkeeper of his dimension.“We will miss a fantastic guy and we wish him all the best at Leicester.”
AN eight-year-old Gaoth Dobhair girl may be a Donegal fan through and through – but today she was very much behind Mayo in their All-Ireland title bid.The men from the West finally saw off Tyrone in today’s semi-final at Croke Park.But 300kms away Eibhlín Ni Chnáimhsí was cheering on Mayo – wearing their manager James Horan’s jersey. And not just any old jersey….the one he wore at Croke Park last September when Donegal defeated Mayo to win the Sam Maguire.Eibhlín’s mum Josephine is a friend of the Horan family, having gone to college in Galway with James and shared an apartment with his sister Elaine.And when Eibhlín met James on St Patrick’s Day this year on Clare Island, where Elaine was celebrating her 4oth birthday, she was given the special jersey.“James spoke fondly about Donegal and our fans after the All-Ireland final last year and how brilliant they had been to Mayo, him and the supporters after the game,” said Josephine. “He gave Eibhlín his jersey from the game and said he hoped some of Donegal’s luck would rub off as a result. It seems to have worked so far,” she laughed.A dúirt Eibhlín: “Beidh Dún na nGall ar ais an bhliain seo chugainn.” DONEGAL GIRL EIBHLÍN CHEERS ON MAYO – WEARING JAMES HORAN’S JERSEY! was last modified: August 25th, 2013 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:donegalGaoth DobhairMayo
The pristine forest of Angola’s Mount Moco is in urgent need of conservation. (Image: Mount Moco) According to the IUCN Red List, there may be as few as 465 pairs left of the endangered Swierstra’s francolin.(Image: Batis Birding Safaris) The colourful Bar-tailed trogon prefers to live in forests, preferably at an altitude higher than 1 600m, which is another excellent motivation for the urgent conservation of forest areas in Angola.(Image: Birding Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Hilary Buchanan Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology +27 21 650-3291 RELATED ARTICLES • Birds get right of way at airport • Saving the African penguin • Mozambique gets new reserve • Mount Mabu yields hidden bountyJanine ErasmusAngola is not generally known as an important birding destination, but this could soon change. The country’s bird population has received a boost with the news that a previously unknown tract of Afromontane forest has been discovered in the southern African country.Afromontane means “African mountain” and the term describes a type of eco-region, and the plants and animals associated with it, which is found in mountainous regions of Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. This type of environment can occur up to an elevation of 2 000m above sea level, or as low as 300m.It is found mainly on the eastern side of the continent from the Red Sea right down to Knysna’s green abundance in South Africa. In Angola, the montane vegetation consists of grasslands and woodlands, rather than the tropical and subtropical vegetation found further north.This lush forest environment is important because it’s the most threatened habitat type in the country, and it’s home to some rare bird species.More forest than previously thoughtThe new discovery was made in the Namba mountains, by a team of scientists that included ornithologists Martin Mills and Martim Melo of Cape Town’s Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, as well as Portuguese journalist Alexandre Vaz.The team published their findings in the online June issue of the peer-reviewed Bird Conservation International journal.The report, written by Mills, Melo and Vaz and titled The Namba mountains: new hope for Afromontane forest birds in Angola, revealed that previously, about 200ha of this vulnerable forest was thought to exist in Angola, 85ha of it located on Mount Moco, the country’s highest peak at 2 620m.The Namba mountains and nearby Mount Moco are situated in southern Cuanza Sul province, and lie within the Western Angola endemic bird area. This important bird habitat shelters a number of species which are confined to this region, such as the endemic genus Xenocopsychus, which has only one species, the Angola cave chat (X. ansorgei), listed as near threatened.A group of organisations and individuals, including Mills and Melo, is already involved in a conservation project that involves the Kanjonde community living near Mount Moco. The initiative aims to educate the community about minimising the impact on the ecosystem; promote sustainable tourism in the area with the community as the main beneficiary; supply the village with fuel-efficient stoves that will cut down on deforestation; and replenish the forest around the mountain by growing trees in a locally-run nursery. The villagers in charge of the nursery are paid for their services, and in his latest report, filed in February 2012, Mills said that the project was thriving.The team visited the Namba mountains in July 2010 to survey the bird life and to establish more accurately the extent of the existing forest. They were unable to physically explore the whole area because it was difficult to move around in the densely forested and often boulder-strewn terrain, but they still managed to record 89 bird species.Fifty-six species were observed in or adjacent to the forest, and included a sizeable population of the endangered Swierstra’s francolin (Pternistis swierstrai), an endemic species found near the forest edges.All 20 species which are generally found in Angolan forests and which are an indicator of the conservation health of the area, such as the Bar-tailed trogon (Apaloderma vittatum), Orange ground thrush (Zoothera gurneyi) and Laura’s woodland warbler (Phylloscopus laurae), were sighted.“Previously the only site in Angola at which all 20 forest-associated Afromontane taxa had been recorded was Moco,” wrote the team. “However, during brief surveys at the Nambas we found all 20 species, including several species that are now rare or extinct at Moco, many of them common.”According to the team, it is likely that the Namba region can now claim to hold the largest populations of these 20 species.Technology to the rescueThwarted in their efforts to map the area at ground level, the team turned to Google Earth on their return, using newly available imagery to survey the area from above.“We used cloud-free, high-resolution images from 2003 available on Google Earth,” wrote the authors in Bird Conservation International. “We traced the perimeter of each forest patch larger than 2.5ha to create a .kml [Google Earth file] polygon file and calculate its perimeter length in kilometres, area in hectares and area/edge ratio.”The percentage of closed-canopy forest cover, they wrote, within each patch was visually estimated to the nearest 5%, to calculate the amount of forest in each patch.Out of this further survey, wrote the team, came the conclusion that “the densely vegetated habitat of the Nambas was found to consist of mature, closed-canopy Afromontane forest with the broad-leafed Yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius) as the dominant tree” – this is also South Africa’s national tree.Even more exciting was the realisation that this forest appeared to be in excellent condition and because of limited trail access, was largely unaffected by human intrusion. The team did note that some big trees had recently been felled.Altogether, these new patches amounted to some 590ha of previously unknown Afromontane forest, which significantly boosts the chances of survival for rare bird species. This brings the national area of Afromontane to about 700ha, more than three times the previous estimate of 200ha.The Nambas are therefore the most important site for Afromontane forest bird conservation in Angola, the team wrote, and all efforts should be made to recognise their conservation importance, especially since none of the tracts of Angolan Afromontane forest are formally protected.The Namba Mountains also satisfy the requirements to be named an important bird area because of the presence of a globally threatened species as well as restricted-range species. More surveys are now needed to accurately capture the population sizes, especially for Swierstra’s francolin, as well as the overall bird diversity. A survey of human populations and activities in the area and surrounding is also urgently needed, as this would help in drawing up conservation recommendations for the establishment of a new protected area, and to identify the most pressing threats to the biodiversity of the area.Dayne Braine, Batis Birding Safaris http://www.batisbirdingsafaris.com
The 11th Annual Soweto Career Day and Expo took place on 25 and 26 May 2018 at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto. Held since 2004, the Expo has been a platform that gathers about 40 000 learners and job seeking community members to present to them career pathways and education and training opportunities.This year, exhibitions by government departments and agencies, non-governmental organisations, private sector organisations, colleges and universities covered a range of careers available in many different sectors of education, training and employment in South Africa.Every year, the event aims to encourage and empower learners and community members to better themselves and their communities by making informed choices on their education, training and careers; and each year, the guidance provided at the exhibitions proves to be invaluable and informative to learners and job seeking community members from and around Soweto.The annual event has gone a long way in addressing South Africa’s socioeconomic challenges of inequality, poverty and unemployment by creating a platform where underprivileged future and present job seekers can build relationships and network with further education and training institutions and potential employees.It is important to create economic opportunities for those who were previously excluded from participating in the economy due to the country’s history. This initiative contributes to the country’s economic growth by equipping learners with the necessary tools to accelerate progress.Many walked away inspired to fulfill their potential and informed about the countless opportunities available for them to contribute to South Africa’s economy.