PNGOC announces new vision and constitution

first_imgThe PNGOC’s vision for 2016-2020 is ‘Inspire and Unite Papua New Guineans through sorting excellence and success’.This was made known at the PNGOC’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) by president Sir John Dawanincura.Also announced was the new constitution that requires member Federations to be incorporated with voting rights. A transitional period of 18 months will allow existing unincorporated national federations to incorporate and automatically become members.The AGA also saw the re-election of PNGOC executives which included Sir John Dawanincura retaining his position as president for a second term.All the other executives also retained their positions unopposed on the board except for the position of male vice-president, with Michael Henao as the new member.Richard Kassman did not seek re-election to the position.Dawanincura acknowledged Kassman for his contribution to PNGOC during the last term.He said during his tenure, Kassman played an important role leading Team PNG as the Chef de Mission for the Pacific Games and the Pacific Mini Games in 2013.“We thank Richard for his time and commitment as a member of the board and for his contribution towards Team PNG’s success, and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours,” said Dawanincura.last_img read more


first_imgMy twinge I bear sans the sympathy of fakesMy wound I nurse sans the murmur of healersMy blight I carry despite the prattle of crowsMy hunger I feed despite the feast nearbyMy head resting on a pillow of old clothesClothes cover by body carries none of charityMy head I hold higher despite my need for aidMy pride not of folly but strength and courageI come of a time when I must stand for myselfI come of a time when folks plummet like fliesI smirk in spite the despairs of present timesMy eyes glitter yet my inner pain not for empathyMy plans for success that battle is mine aloneMy feet in shredded shoes for that I can affordMy back rest on old mattress yet I gain strengthHigher I seek as my belief becomes resoluteAll for ascending although the times of distressMy honor and my prayer and my visionsI come of a time when paucity is now usualI come of a time when happiness is shallow Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Early fears in the past for Rivera

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. Juan Rivera’s initial fears that his career had ended have been subdued and now he optimistically targets June for a return to action. Rivera, who made his first appearance in camp Monday, broke his left tibia running out a ground ball to first base in a Dec. 22 winter ball game in Venezuela. He said he hit a ground ball to first base and tried to beat the pitcher to the bag. “A lot of guys have biological clock,” Scioscia said. “They see Opening Day come around and they think they have to be ready. You have to take that out of a player’s mentality because you want a guy to be on a mound when he’s ready.” Let’s play ball The Angels will have an intrasquad game today in preparation for Thursday’s Cactus League opener. John Lackey and Kelvim Escobar are among 12 pitchers that will be used. Scioscia said that of the regular position players, only Garret Anderson and Vladimir Guerrero are not expected to get an at-bat. “They don’t need it,” Scioscia said. “They will get plenty of work moving forward.” Working together The Angels worked on cut-offs and relay throws which allowed new starters Gary Matthews Jr. in center and Howie Kendrick at second to get used to each other. “There are some adjustments that certainly Howie is going to have to make with Vlad’s arm and the way Gary Matthews can throw,” Scioscia said. “This is why you want to do these drills to find the range. The instincts are fine for the infielders. It was a good drill.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Instead of touching the inside if the first-base bag, the pitcher stepped on the outside of the bag and Rivera stepped on his leg. Rivera’s leg snapped at the calf, leaving his foot dangling and pointing in the wrong direction. “I’m 35, 40 percent,” said Rivera, who will spend the next five weeks doing rehabilitation in Arizona. “I was in Miami and I talked to the doctor and he told me I was (healing) fast.” center_img Rivera had been given the OK to walk without crutches but said his leg ended up being too weak without them. He will give the crutches another week. Early speculation had Rivera returning around the All-Star break in July. Late start If Jered Weaver does not get on a mound by the end of this week that would leave the young right-hander with just four weeks to get in an entire spring of work. Scioscia said he still is not worried that Weaver will not be ready start of the season. But he also has told Weaver to not aim at being ready for the first week but rather to proceed at a sensible pace. last_img read more


first_imgBUNCRANA CLG NOTES (28.03.2016)Buncrana 1-14Burt 1-10In the second league outing of the year, Buncrana travelled to Burt for a local darby in which they would run out eventual winners by 4 points. Again Buncrana fielded a mixed side of youth and experience. Buncrana trailed at half time by 4 points but with clever use of the wind, and hard work from midfield and half backs, they created some scoring chances. Players like Peter McLaughlin and Garbhan Friel added great composure during the second half. At one point this was overshadowed by a majestic score from corner back, Mickey Gallagher out near the sideline. The introduction of Shane McClean proved itslef when he struck the equalising score. Other young guns like Aodhan Stokes and Noel McLaughlin offered great youth to this side.Burt 0-6Buncrana1-9A good strong hard working performance from the squad saw Buncrana pull away late in the game to finally shake off a strong Burt side who spurned a couple of good goal chances in each half. A solid defensive platform saw the reserves go in at halftime 0-4 0-2 ahead. Anthony Mcgonagle and Sean o Neil stood out ably assisted by John Cassidy and Ronan Dohert X . Worryingly Buncrana hit ten wides in that half. They made better use of possession after the turn and worked tireously. Ciaran Hegarty selflessness and work rate along with A game changing save from Patrick Duffy in goals were decisive in the outcome. Credit also to minors Ryan Mcelhinney and Conor Odonnell who despite playing a match the day before, played their hearts out and were also part of the senior squad today.Club Membership:Please be aware that club membership is now due. All players should be registered if they wish to play with the club. Membership can be paid online. Recycling BinBuncrana GAA has a recycle bin at The Scarvey. Anyone who wishes to place old clothes, shoes, curtains, towels etc… can do so. This helps raise funds for the club. Open for anyone to use.Bord Na nOgU8 boys Gaelic footballFootball will resume 1st April outdoors at 6.30pm at The Scarvey. Training will be held on Friday from now on.Under 6“Buncrana GAA Club Under 6 Football Coaching Sessions for 5 and 6 year old Boys and Girls resumes outdoors on Friday the 1st April 2016 at theScarvey at 6.30pm sharp. A €2 contribution applies to maintain Buncrana GAA Club Facilities. Any queries Contact Under 6 Manager:Jim Gillen at (087) 9933420. All are welcome.”HurlingThere will be a car wash this Saturday 2nd April from 10-3 in the scarvey for the U14 Hurling Féile team.The U14 hurlers got off to a good start in the league against Burt the final score was 3-11 to 1-3GAA NEWS: BUNCRANA OVERCOME BURT was last modified: March 29th, 2016 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)last_img read more

Competition close for roster spots

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week More importantly, the pace of the game was outstanding, especially considering that each team had just two lines, and all the players looked competent enough to make the roster. But the Ice Dogs, like the rest of the teams in the ECHL, need to have their roster at 20 for opening night, meaning that three players will have to be released. Just who remains to be seen. Cameron is now hoping that this weekend’s exhibition games against the Las Vegas Wranglers — Friday night at Lakewood Glacial Gardens and Sunday in Las Vegas — will help make his decision-making easier. “Those games will be the test,” said Cameron. Cameron would like to have the roster set by the time the bus pulls into the Long Beach Arena parking lot early Monday morning. Things are so tight that the decision-making process could last into the regular season. Ice Dogs coach Malcolm Cameron thought that Wednesday night’s intrasquad scrimmage would bring some separation in what is a tightly contested training camp for the 20 roster spots. No such luck. “We might keep more players (than roster spots) and wait until things sort themselves out after a couple of weeks,” said Cameron. “I don’t want to make a mistake. I want to make the right decisions.” Complications? The Ice Dogs are without two of their top players, Marco Rosa and Mac Faulkner, who stuck with AHL teams after training camp. If Rosa and/or Faulkner, who are said to be day-to-day, are sent down within the next week, it certainly could complicate things further. But Cameron will cross that bridge when, and if, he gets there. “They are not here, so they are not in the equation,” Cameron said. “We will just have to adjust when we find out.” If the Montreal Canadiens are to send down more players from Hamilton (AHL), that could complicate things even more. Dog bytes Cameron is excited about this weekend’s games for a couple of reasons. The biggest might be for him to get back behind the bench. “I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I’m kind of tired of standing on the ice and being on the phone.” … The Ice Dogs are still waiting for goalie Jaroslav Halak and forward Jimmy Bonneau, who are held up due to immigration paperwork. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img “The guys are really making it tough for me,” Cameron said. The White team beat the Blue team, 2-0, on goals from Michael Woodford and Anders Strome. last_img read more

Cyclists to dismount on last stage of epic Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif

first_imgThe first ever Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif is set to come to an exciting end today in Donegal.The 17-stage adventure cycle covered 2,058km of the Wild Atlantic Way, which saw four scenic and challenging stages in Donegal this week.The Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif is a leisure event designed to promote all things cycling along the western coastal route. Cyclists chose to take on multiple stages or join in for single stages over the two week event. Cyclists will soon be hopping off their saddles today after reaching their ultimate destination of Muff in Co. Donegal.They left Letterkenny at 9.30am for a 135km cycle via Malin Head, Moville and Quigley’s Point. There will be panoramic views, challenging climbs and stunning scenery to soak up before the finish line.From Muff, the cyclists are returning to lively Letterkenny to celebrate the end of the event. And while the cycle may be over, their salt-breezed memories will surely last a lifetime.Cyclists to dismount on last stage of epic Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Sportif was last modified: September 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CYCLINGeventsWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

A Central Nervous System for Earth: HP’s Ambitious Sensor Network

first_imgrichard macmanus Use CasesPeter Hartwell, senior researcher and project team lead, listed some example use cases for these sensing nodes. The nodes could be “stuck to bridges and buildings to warn of structural strains or weather conditions [and] they might be scattered along roadsides to monitor traffic, weather and road conditions.” A bridge like the San Francisco Golden Gate might take 10,000 nodes, said Hartwell.Other uses include embedding the CeNSE nodes in everyday electronics, tracking hospital equipment, sniffing out pesticides and pathogens in food. Ultimately they may even “recognize” the person using them and adapt. According to HP Labs, CeNSE sensors will enable real-time data collection, analysis and better decision making.Potential IssuesThis is an ambitious project by HP Labs and there are other large IT companies, such as IBM, building out similar platforms for sensor data and services. HP senior fellow Stan Williams noted that for CeNSE to work, “we have to make sensors that are vastly more sensitive than anything else that have ever existed before, while being absolutely dirt cheap so that we can deploy them in very large numbers.” RFID technology has had numerous cost and technology issues over the past decade, so HP Labs will surely run into similar real-world obstacles in this project. HP Labs admits that existing sensitive detectors are expensive; but it hopes to make them much cheaper.The Race to Build a Worldwide Sensor NetworkHP Labs’ ultimate aim is to have a worldwide network of these CeNSE sensors. A trillion of them “should do the trick,” says HP. The company is hoping that at that scale, sensor nodes will cost “next to nothing, yet measure everything.” HP is also positioning this, boldly, as a technology that could “save the planet” by enabling it to be monitored.These are big claims and the proof will be in the pudding. One thing is for certain: sensor technology will become as pervasive as HP Labs says it will, in due course. The questions that remain unanswered though are: how long will it take, and which company (or companies) will gain the biggest footholds in this network? Related Posts HP Labs has joined the race to build an infrastructure for the emerging Internet of Things. The giant computing and IT services company has announced a project that aims to be a “Central Nervous System for the Earth” (CeNSE). It’s a research and development program to build a planetwide sensing network, using billions of “tiny, cheap, tough and exquisitely sensitive detectors.” The technology behind this is based on nano-sensing research done by HP Labs. The sensors are similar to RFID chips, but in this case they are tiny accelerometers which detect motion and vibrations.The first CeNSE sensor to be put into the field by HP Labs is, according to the company, “about 1,000 times more sensitive than accelerometers used in a Wii, an iPhone or an automobile’s airbag system.” Other sensors planned in future include ones for light, temperature, barometric pressure, airflow and humidity. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Venture Capitalists Chime In About the “Agile Board”

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts chris cameron Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img The great thing about following the hundreds of venture capitalist bloggers is that every now then when one of them writes a rather poignant entry, several other VCs will latch on and provide their opinions on their blogs or in comments. Such is the case surrounding a recent article by Mark Suster of GRP Partners about the “agile board,” a phrase he has coined to explain the techniques startups should use to keep their board members more actively involved in the business. Since being posted to Suster’s blog, Both Sides of the Table, a handful of other VCs have weighed in with their opinions on the subject.Mark Suster on Practicing AgilityAs Suster explains, VCs desperately want to help the companies they are supporting but they don’t always know how. He suggests a few ways founders can involve their board members, including asking for key introductions to important people, keeping them aware of company goals and ensuring they are prepared to participate in the board meetings. “Some boards I am on only meet six times a year and there is very little involvement between meetings. Those companies might as well not have boards.”– Fred WilsonA good way to do this, Suster says, is to briefly check-in with board members on the phone for a few minutes each week to update them or ask for advice. This keeps your company fresh in the VC’s mind and by keeping the calls short shows that you respect their busy schedule. This is far better than the average relationship between founders and their boards, which meet at most once a month under usual circumstances. Suster’s philosophy is essentially increasing the frequency of communication so that the board isn’t digesting big chunks of information all at once, leading to a more complete understanding of your company. Since the publication of his post on the subject, some other notable VCs have offered their opinions on the matter, including Foundry Group’sBrad Feld, Union Square Ventures’Fred Wilson and Babak Nivi of Venture Hacks.Babak Nivi and Feedback LoopsNivi was one of the first to reply, and did so via a comment on Suster’s blog. In his opinion, the focus of the post should have been more about hastening the “feedback loop” between founders and investors.“Information is part of the feedback loop. What’s missing is changing the board-level plan based on the new info that board members are getting more quickly. An agile board would change its board-level plan more quickly than a board that only adjusts the plan at regular board meetings,” writes Nivi. “You talk more often so you can change your plans more often. The whole point is to change your actions more quickly so you don’t drive the car off a cliff.”In a second post spawned from Nivi’s comment, Suster agreed that having an agile board is just as much about making decisions frequently as it is about communicating frequently. Action, not just communication, is necessary between meetings to be truly agile, Suster says. Brad Feld Suggests Specific Assignments Brad Feld takes Suster’s post to the next level, advising founders to give specific assignments to VCs like a teacher handing out homework.“At the end of the first board meeting, spend some time talking about your expectations for your board members (including your VCs), ask if they are reasonable, and then go around the table and ask each board member what they’d like to specifically help with between now and the next board meeting,” he says. “In companies where the CEO hands out regular assignments […] the board members begin holding themselves accountable and the management team is much more comfortable working directly with the individual board members.”Fred Wilson Says Founders Are in ControlFred Wilson agrees wholeheartedly with Suster on the idea of involving the board more voraciously. As he sees it, the founders and CEOs are ultimately in control of how active their board is, and the difference can be drastic.“Some boards I am on only meet six times a year and there is very little involvement between meetings. Those companies might as well not have boards,” writes Wilson. “I am also on boards where everyone is highly engaged between meetings. These boards are active in email discussions with the team, they are active in recruiting, business development, even strategy. They are agile boards who add significant value.”It is great to get a wide spread of opinions on an issue when the VC blog scene latches onto a topic such as this. If you are starting a relationship with a board of investors, it may be wise to discuss from the outset how they will take an active role in the company. As these venture capitalists have shown, more often than not, the more active and aware the board is, the more likely the company is to succeed.Photo by Flickr user olaf d punkt. 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