Training underway for U18 national basketball squads

first_imgThe teams are hard at work in preparation for the FIBA Oceania Championships that will be held in Suva, Fiji, from December 4-11.The athletes underwent screening with members of the Papua New Guinea Sports Foundation (PNGSF) High Performance medical staff on Monday and Tuesday, before hitting the court for a gruelling strength and conditioning training session.For each of the next six weeks, both squads will engage in two basketball specific training sessions, along with two strength & conditioning sessions that will be conducted by dedicated High Performance coaches.BFPNG Executive Officer, Joel Khalu, said National Capital District-based squad members will be required to attend all sessions, while allowances will be made for those players residing in the regional provinces.“BFPNG is planning to conduct an intense, full-weekend training camp for both teams to be held before their Fiji departure, allowing those travelling athletes, includingAustralian-based Liam Wright, the opportunity to attend and get contact time with teammates,” said Khalu.Khalu, who is also the head coach of the men’s under 18 side, said both teams would make the most of their preparation time, even with the logistical challenges involved.“It’s not easy to coordinate training sessions when you have a squad featuring athletes that are based all over the country, but we’ll do our best to make sure all players, including those shadow-reserve players, get the chance to participate,” said Khalu.last_img read more

Triumphant Vettel on brink of world title

first_imgNot even two appearances by the safety car, or the worrying sight of his team-mate Mark Webber climbing out of his burning Red Bull, was enough to stop Vettel’s fourth win on the bounce.He took the chequered flag 4.224sec ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus, who just beat team-mate Romain Grosjean to the line for second.Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who started second on the grid, were fourth and fifth.Vettel’s third win on the trot in Korea means he has racked up 272 points, a mammoth 77-point lead over nearest challenger Alonso, who came home sixth at Yeongam.“I’m loving what I do,” Vettel, booed at previous races because of his dominance, told the crowd from the podium.“I’m trying not to think about it to be honest,” Vettel told a post-race press conference, flanked by Raikkonen and Grosjean, when told he could win the title next week.“There are still a lot of points to get even though it looks very good for us. There is a chance for Fernando (Alonso) so we need to stay on top of our game.“To be honest, as I said on the podium, we are just having a good time. We enjoy the fact the team is working very well, the car is working — it’s very on the edge, to honest, probably more than you think from the outside.”The real battle on an overcast but dry afternoon next to the Yellow Sea was behind the German, with Hamilton and Grosjean duelling for long periods for second.Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was also in the mix before a problem saw sparks dance spectacularly from the front of his car as he overtook Hamilton on lap 28.An extended pit stop saw the German rejoin in midfield and he had to settle for seventh, with McLaren’s Jenson Button eighth.Felipe Massa of Ferrari and Sergio Perez of McLaren rounded out the top 10.Vettel was already streaking away at the first hairpin, where there was early drama when Massa spun around, causing his team-mate Alonso to run wide with Button and the Force India of Adrian Sutil suffering minor damage.The Brazilian Massa, who started sixth on the grid, found himself dumped down to the back of the field.There was another hair-raising incident on lap 31, when Perez saw a front-right wheel explode on the straight, catapulting rubber dangerously over the track and bringing out the safety car.But no sooner had the safety car departed than it was back out on lap 38 when Sutil was again in the thick of it, appearing to spin and take out Webber.The Australian’s Red Bull glided off the circuit and went up in flames, but Webber — who qualified third but started 13th on the grid because of a penalty — clambered out safely.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000YEONGAM, South Korea, October 6 – Sebastian Vettel stands on the brink of a fourth world title in succession after he powered away from pole position to win a fiery Korean Grand Prix on Sunday.The unstoppable German, 26, could retain the title in Japan next week if he wins and Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso finishes outside the top eight.last_img read more

Officials defend plan for Muslim data gathering

first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the city is committed to respecting the civil and human rights of all communities. “I believe the LAPD has good intentions here,” Villaraigosa said. “They’ve been working on this issue for some time and met with a number of groups and will continue to meet with them to ensure that whatever we do here will be done properly.” The American Civil Liberties Union and several Muslim organizations will meet Thursday with police officials to discuss the policy and actions by the Los Angeles Police Department over the past 18 months. “Our concern is the potential of this,” said Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU in Los Angeles. “It brings to mind fears from the ’40s and internment or the ’50s, when the government went after so-called communists. “Rather than doing this in secret, they could have held public meetings at schools or mosques. Our fears is that this will profile an entire community rather than people who present a real danger.” Bratton said one of the first assignments he gave to Cmdr. Mike Downing, who heads the anti-terrorism division, was to improve relations with the Muslim community, which numbers about 500,000 in the city. He said the action was due to an experience he had in New York City on his first day as commissioner when officers raided a Muslim mosque in Harlem that was in a storefront. It resulted in a major controversy and drove home for him the need for police officials to be more familiar with the different communities that make up a city.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles officials on Friday defended a plan to detail the city’s Muslim community, saying it is an effort to increase understanding and knowledge and not a move to profile people based on race or religion. “I would urge people to step back and not get involved in the rhetoric,” Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton said. “We are doing a good-faith effort in a transparent way to increase understanding. We are meeting with various groups and will continue to have a dialogue. “This is about community engagement. We got hung up with one word, `mapping,’ that conjures up images of racial or religious profiling. I want us to move forward, and this is about not using the wrong words or wrong symbols.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The reaction came after the Los Angeles Police Department revealed a plan to create a map detailing Muslim communities in the city, an effort described as a step toward thwarting radicalization. But “mapping” communities for potential Muslim terrorists is not an effective tool to help find them because there are no Muslim enclaves or neighborhoods in the United States, said Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Instead, Muslims are dispersed across America, where they tend to be economically successful, he said. The best way for law enforcement to track terrorists and prevent violence is through community-based policing, said Al-Marayati. “The apprehension comes when people see their civil liberties taken away when they are completely innocent,” he added. “That’s the concern.” last_img

Verizon donates $1 million to mayor’s clusters of schools

first_imgSYLMAR – In the first partnership with a private corporation on his education initiatives, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Wednesday that the Verizon Foundation has donated $1 million to benefit the three clusters of schools he is poised to directly oversee. While Villaraigosa has not yet identified which campuses will compose his Community Partnership Schools, he said the two-year Verizon grant will be used to expand LA’s BEST after-school programs at those schools. The announcement comes one year after Villaraigosa promised he would seek to bring more companies on board when he gains greater control over schools under Assembly Bill 1381. “We need to do everything we can to demonstrate that our schools are places of excellence and high expectations,” Villaraigosa said during the announcement and presentation at Sylmar Elementary School. But LAUSD Chief Counsel Kevin Reed said that while the donation is welcomed, it also reflects a lack of partnership with the district. “We think it’s been a phenomenal program and shows how the city and district can and have worked effectively together, we’re delighted to have additional resources to the program and very distressed that instead of partnering, the Mayor’s Office has directed resources only to those schools he hopes to have control over if the bill takes effect Jan. 1,” Reed said. “(AB) 1381 will create a dual system of haves and have-nots. We’d love for the mayor’s energy to be used on behalf of all kids of Los Angeles and not just the schools that he hopes one day to control.” LA’s BEST serves 26,000 students ages 5-12 every day in 169 schools in the city’s lowest-performing and most disadvantaged areas, said LA’s BEST President and CEO Carla Sanger. The after-school program has a $35 million annual budget and offers free education, enrichment and recreation services to families. If the mayor’s legislation is ruled unconstitutional, McCallion said Verizon’s donation will remain for other programs in LA’s Best. (818) 713-3722160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Sylmar Elementary was one of 10 original LA’s BEST schools when the program was founded in 1988. “I’ve always made the case that our schools are underfunded … We need public-private partnership. … We need to see schooling as a 24-7 operation and this effort is going to be key. “The key to turning around our schools is teacher training, parent involvement, and more after-school programs like the one this effort funds.” Verizon West Region President Timothy J. McCallion, said the company made the donation to invest in the education of future leaders and show its support for the mayor’s efforts to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District. “We wanted to show support for the mayor and his efforts to reform the schools,” McCallion said. “Verizon applauds Mayor Villaraigosa for championing quality education in Los Angeles’ schools.” last_img read more

ISP Stop Indianapolis man with $150,000 Worth of Meth in Vehicle

first_imgEarlier today shortly after 10:30 am, Trooper Jeff Kellogg from the Indiana State Police Post at Sellersburg made a traffic stop near the 2.4 Mile Marker on Interstate #265 West in Floyd County. He made the traffic stop on a black 2006 Jeep Liberty for traffic infractions.The driver, Jose A. Rodriguez-Palma, 38, from 2837 RobsonJose A. Rodriguez-Palma, 38Street, Indianapolis IN, was charged with Dealing Methamphetamine, Level 2 Felony; Possession of Methamphetamine, Level 3 Felony; Maintaining a Common Nuisance, Level 6 Felony and Operator Never Licensed, C Misdemeanor. He was transported to the Floyd County Jail where he was incarcerated.Trooper Nathan Abbott with his K-9 “Teague” arrived on scene shortly after the traffic stop and conducted a narcotics sweep around the vehicle.  K-9 “Teague” gave a positive alert for the odor of narcotics on or in the vehicle.K-9 “Teague”A search of the vehicle yielded approximately three pounds of suspected Methamphetamine hidden in the rear of the Jeep Liberty.The approximate street value of the seized Methamphetamine is over $150,000.00.This investigation is continuing.last_img read more

Farmers should prepare for hurricane season

first_imgAgriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year, considering many are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew.“Hurricane Matthew is a painfully fresh reminder of just how important it is to have an emergency plan for your farm, food company or agribusiness,” Troxler said. “Take precautions and think through your plan now, and discuss it with your employees and family. Doing this can help no matter what emergency strikes.”Scientists at N.C. State University are predicting 11 to 15 named storms in the Atlantic basin this year, numbers in line with the average since 1950. Of those storms, four to six could become hurricanes. The Atlantic hurricane season typically runs June 1 to Nov. 30, but this year has already seen one tropical storm, Arlene, which made a brief appearance in April.Planning helps farmers protect their families, workers, equipment and buildings, Troxler said. “Livestock operations should maintain emergency plans that address power needs and on-site feed capabilities,” he said. “Also, identify places to relocate animals from low-lying areas. We saw farmers take those precautions before Matthew, and I believe it played a role in reducing animal losses from the storm.”Farmers and businesses should review insurance policies to ensure they have proper coverage, including wind, hail, flood and catastrophic coverage if necessary. Some coverage takes 30 days to go into effect.The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has a website,, with links and resources for different types of agribusinesses to plan and recover from a disaster. A Farm Emergency Plan Template is available on the site to help organize information that is needed after a disaster.last_img read more

Gordon Brown: U.K. Science Won’t Be an Economic Victim

first_imgChallenging the economic gloom that seems to hit the news everyday, Gordon Brown, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, today assured the scientific community that U.K. research will not be “a victim of the recession.” The pledge came at Oxford University in a lecture addressing science and science education policy in which Brown further promised to keep science funding flowing despite an overstretched government budget. “Some say that now is not the time to invest, but the bottom line is that the downturn is no time to slow down our investment in science,” he said.The prime minister’s speech, “Science and Our Economic Future,” was this year’s Romanes Lecture, an event hosted annually by the University of Oxford since 1892. Previous speakers include notable scientists, authors, and politicians such as Arthur Eddington, W. H. Bragg, Winston Churchill, Karl Popper, Iris Murdoch, and Shirley Tilghman. (Here’s a link to the speech delivered by the prime minister and also a link to an audio file of the speech.)Brown’s address highlighted his vision for science as a driver of the U.K.’s economic future, a desire that has triggered much debate within the scientific community. “The time has come to build a society that seeks high-value engineering, not financial engineering,” Brown remarked, saying that looking for the “the great scientists of tomorrow” should be a “national ambition.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The prime minister pledged the government’s commitment to make science education more accessible to students nationwide and to increase the number of schools offering science courses when students are preparing for A-level exams during the last year of middle school. Brown also said that the new push for science in schools could open opportunities for graduates with scientific and IT backgrounds; he encouraged them to retrain as teachers.Scientists, science policy experts, and educators generally welcomed Brown’s attention to their world, but that didn’t stop several from airing a few complaints about the government’s record on research funding or the lack of specifics on new money in the speech.Physicist Brian Cox of the University of Manchester embraced Brown’s commitments to science but told the Science Media Centre one way the U.K. leader could back up the rhetoric: “What better way for the Prime Minister to signal his intent than to personally sort out the mess that Science and Technology Facilities Council has been in since its botched formation in 2007 and help both organisations [STFC and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council] with their small but damaging funding problems,” he asked.Astronomer Martin Rees, president of the Royal Society, particularly welcomed the speech’s focus on science education, saying in a statement that he was “delighted that the Prime Minister has thrown his support behind plans to address the lack of specialist teachers in science and maths” and reminded that “the school children of today should be the scientists of the future.”Nick Dusic, director of the Campaign for Science & Engineering in the U.K., was not impressed by Brown’s speech, however. “Just maintaining current spending commitments will mean that we are losing ground against countries, like the U.S., that are giving science a huge boost within their stimulus packages. The government has got the U.K. back in the race to be a world leader in science, but unless it keeps pace we will lose talent and investment to other countries that are following up fine words with hard cash,” he said to the SMC.last_img read more

In hindsight always scope to learn, says IPL COO Sundar Raman

first_imgSundar Raman, IPL’s COO for eight years who was originally appointed during the league founder Lalit Modi’s reign eventually served his most commanding stint under Modi’s bete noire N Srinivasan.In the interim, he even reported to Shashank Manohar, Sharad Pawar and Sunil Gavaskar while doing his IPL duties. Known as IPL’s backroom man and the go to man for franchisees on any IPL issue, he eventually had to go with the BCCI making it public that his resignation had been accepted.  But sources confirm his can only be called a honourable exit having lost all hopes of retaining his chair once it became clear that Shashank Manohar would be back as BCCI head. This is clear in one of the answers he gave to India Today when asked if he would have found it tough working with the new BCCI.”As a professional, you are trained to work in circumstances which come in all shapes and sizes. I would have put my best foot forward at whatever time it was required of me?,” he said. Perhaps that option was taken away from him. He speaks of an inner ‘call to move on at the right time’ but leaves it unexplained, why so late.Manohar who took over as the new BCCI Chief on 4th October had publicly in the past urged the BCCI to suspend him following Supreme Court appointed Mudgal committee’s adverse remarks on his role in IPL spot fixing scandal. Raman put down his papers on 5th October itself and is serving his last few days of notice period. The final verdict of Supreme Court appointed Justice Lodha committee on Raman is expected by year end.  He agreed to take some questions with reporters leaving the BCCI office where he admitted ‘in hindsight there was scope and opportunity to learn’advertisementWhen asked on his resignation right before Lodha verdict, Sundar said, “To whatever extend that has been required and will be required I will continue to cooperate with the investigation and I will continue to extend all the support.”Speaking on his decision to resign, he said, “Somewhere you felt a call, you felt you had to move on so that’s the decision I have taken which I thought was right at the right time. Leaving an organisation is never easy and to pick a time and place and to put in words is never easy either. So I just decided it was the right time.”Would he have done things differently during the scandal?”I don’t think anybody wants their name in that list, least of all me. Most certainly not even wish to even be alleged in the way it has been. As I said, I have been cooperating in whatever way it is required and I will continue to do do with the investigation. I will wait,” he said.When Sundar Raman was asked whether he had any regrets: “I don’t think it is about regrets or no regrets. But there is always lots of scope and opportunity to learn in hindsight. We are all richer by our experiences. I would certainly take on every aspect of the learning and the opportunity that I have been able to get here and hopefully use it in my future endeavours.If it was difficult to work with the new BCCI dispensation?”As a professional, you are trained to work in circumstances which come in all shapes and sizes. I would have put my best foot forward at whatever time it was required of me. As long as my body is willing and my mind is willing, I have to stay committed to my professional work that I have to do as a professional. You are all professionals and you know how it is to do your job with due diligence as it’s  required,” he said.Resignation or Manohar ultimatum?”I have had a relationship with Mr Manohar and I have great regard and respect for him. Certainly I have enjoyed the time that I have worked with him. Have enjoyed the time I spent with him over the course of last few weeks that I have had the opportunity. I don’t want to give credence to any such report,” Raman said when asked whether his decision was influenced by Manohar’s final demand.”It’s a decision that I have made and have communicated with the office bearers. They respect the position that I come from and I respect their views. It’s something that we decided as something that I wanted to do and move on. I am grateful for the opportunity they have given all these years and I will continue to remain as such,” Raman said.advertisementlast_img read more

Dream Your Job: Choosing Your Passion in Four Simple Steps

first_img“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” ~ Martin Luther KingPassion is a choice. If you’re wandering around trying to figure out how to find your real true passion, take a break. Sit down. Your passion is not out in the world, it’s somewhere inside of you. Look all you want. When you are finally ready to feel the fires of passion burning in your heart, follow these simple guidelines.Passion is a decision for most of us. While it would be wonderful and miraculous to wake up one day and know exactly what you want and where you are going, it’s probably not going to happen. Your passion is a fire that you have to build for yourself, in yourself.Personality tests, self assessment, vocational aptitude instruments and a good conversation with your local minister or bartender are all good ways to collect insight into what you might do. But, when all of the data is in, all the advice received and all of the insight understood, you remain faced with the choice.Build your passion just as you’d build a fire.1. Gather the wood. Set aside a place and time to build and reinforce your passion. Building and maintaining passion requires that you have the necessary resources collected (enough wood for the fire, so to speak). Having a regular time each day in which to consider and refine your dream is important. 15 Minutes in the morning or at the end of the day is sufficient. Have inspirational literature, good books, writing materials and a comfortable place to sit. Write down your dream. Each day refine some portion of it. Each day, review your dream and improve on it in some small way. The clearer you can see it the likelier it is to happen. Manufacture passion, don’t wait around for it.2. Use kindling to get the fire started. Passion is not an intellectual thing. It is critical to think carefully about your dream and build it into something bigger each day. But, passion means action. Start with tiny things that are easy to like. Sing a song, take a walk; do something that you like just because it exercises your “I like stuff” muscles. In some small way, do the thing that you dream about. Make a point of being able to go to bed each day knowing that you did at least one thing to move you towards your dream. You will hit patches of the road where it takes the depths of your commitment to find the one small thing. That’s where you start to really learn that passion is a decision. You do it even when you don’t feel like it.3. Add bigger things as the fire starts growing. Momentum takes a while. Think about how small a snowball can be before you roll one big enough to be the base of a snowman. As you gain your footing in the process of manufacturing your dream, you’ll find opportunities to try big things. Try them. There’s nothing that says you have to be successful in every single venture. The idea is to get the fire so hot that it doesn’t mind an occasional wet log. Keep tending the fire.4. Sharpen sticks and roast the marshmallows. You’ve made the decision. You’ve built the fire. Sharpen the sticks and use the fire for something fun. Once it is stable, your passion can hold the dreams and aspirations of others. It’s not terribly surprising that the people who are great at deciding to have their own passion are our leaders. You know the ones. Dreaming your dream and manufacturing your own passion is how you get on that track.It’s really normal to get suck in the process at any of the steps. The key to developing and sustaining momentum is to understand that it won’t always feel great. Sometimes, you just push it through. Passion is the decision that matters in those times.last_img read more

Even Monkeys Believe in Fair Pay

first_imgTurns out monkeys don’t like to get paid unequally, either.We’re sure this resonates with most freelancers, who don’t get the same protections as traditional workers when they’re not paid. It’s like not getting a cucumber OR a grape (a reference that will make sense in a minute).Check out what happens at 1:35.From a TED talk by Frans de Waal, a professor of primate behavior at Emory University. Found on Upworthy.last_img