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Madang Provincial Government sponsors MFC

first_imgMadang Governor Jim Kas and patron of Madang MFC revealed that in a press conference saying his government will continue to support MFC with another K500, 000.Governor Kas  said they have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited for a funding arrangement.Kas said soccer had been the backbone of Madang Province and everyone from the children up to old maen and women loves soccer and the sponsorship goes a long way to promote unity through soccer in the province.Kas, who spent most of his evening watching the MFC boys training under the watchful eyes of coach Bob Morris and assistant Amos Romo, says this is the spirit and he applauded the MFC board and management for the appointment of Bob Morris as head coach and Amos Romo as his assistant plus Max Kitao as team manager.He urged all MFC supporters to rally behind him and support the MFC campaign this year with aims to bring the title to Madang and qualify for A League next season.Meanwhile Madang Soccer Association president Ray Romo says MFC have paid their players registration team affiliation fee for this season and are into training.Romo says 30 players have registered and the final list will be made this weekend and put out on notice boards, in the meantime big name players Samuel Kini, Max Sengum, Vanya Malagin, Neill Hans, Henson Topio, Sammy Hiob have resumed training with the new local players selected.He also said that brothers Alwin and Felix Komolong will join the team before the start of the season with Alwin currently in USA while Felix is in New Zealand studying.He added that Madang FC is ready to tackle the strong Lae, Manus and Goroka sides in the upcoming season.last_img read more

Government funds new bridges to prevent highway washouts

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – Four new bridges have been constructed in the Peace region due to severe flooding in 2016.“The 2016 floods caused a lot of hardship for people in the Peace, and we’re taking action to ensure roads can withstand future flooding,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “These bridges are part of our flood recovery program and will increase safety and reliability for people travelling on Highway 97.”When flooding caused significant damage throughout the Peace Region, these new bridges all located near Chetwynd, are designed to ensure people can continue to travel safely and efficiently along Highway 97 during heavy rains or flooding.- Advertisement -The ministry has invested over $80 million on the extensive response and recovery work completed since June 2016.“Highway 97 is a vital link to Chetwynd and beyond for industrial, commercial, emergency, recreational and residential users,” said Allen Courtoreille, mayor, District of Chetwynd. “For this reason, the District of Chetwynd is very grateful that the Province of B.C. and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure have heavily invested in infrastructure that can cope with heavy rainfall and snowmelt events, to keep this important corridor open.”Flood recovery projects may be eligible for funding support through Public Safety Canada’s Disaster Funding Assistance Arrangement.Advertisementlast_img read more

Who is Bernard? Everton winger delights fans with display against Leicester

first_imgEverton winger Bernard has already made an impression on fans with a dazzling display as the Toffees beat Leicester 2-1.The Brazilian was the creator of Everton’s first goal, tearing through the Foxes with pace and skill before crossing to fellow countryman Richarlison to score. Honestly don’t believe what just witnessed. Bernard jinking past 2 men then delivering a ball which took out 4 Leicester defenders and the goalkeeper, allowing Richarlison to slap ball home. Such brilliant creativity and execution. AND THEY ARE WEARING EVERTON SHIRTS🤯— roger bennett (@rogbennett) October 6, 2018 Bernard presence has opened all the doors ..looking immense so far— Markthablue38 (@markthablue38) October 6, 2018 3 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 3 Bernard spent five years at Shakhtar GOAL; Magic from Bernard. Absolute magic. And a smart finish from Richarlison— David Prentice (@prenno) October 6, 2018 There’s a fella in Leicester currently stealing anyone’s soul who comes within 5 yards of him. BERNARD!— Trent Cini (@trent_cini22) October 6, 2018 Bernard, take a bow.He’s absolutely embarrassed the right back with a lovely bit of skill before dinking a lovely ball towards the back post where Richarlison was unmarked to volley home— Adam Jones (@Adam_Jones94) October 6, 2018 REVEALED silverware Bernard was hot property this summer. After five years with Shakhtar, he became a free agent when his contract expired at the end of the 2017/18 season.The winger made his debut for Brazil in 2012 and won the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013. REVEALED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won He featured in the Brazil side which made the 2014 World Cup semi-finals on home soil, however he has not been selected for his country since that year.Everton fans are clearly pleased with their summer acquisition: huge blow Bernard was a 9/10 in that first half for Everton. Not just that wonderful assist, causing trouble everytime he’s on the ball.If he carries on at this rate he can be one of the best signings of the season given that he was on a FREE.— Aziz (@AzizAnalysis) October 6, 2018center_img LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Bernard featured in Brazil’s infamous 7-1 defeat to Germany at the 2014 World Cup Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade BEST OF Bernard may look small and innocent but he will steal your soul with the QUICKNESS— Royal Blue Mersey (@RBMersey) October 6, 2018 In Bernard, @Everton might have a much-needed creative and tricky player not seen since Pienaar at his peak. #LeiEve #evertonfc #EFC— Paul Robinson (@PCR1878) October 6, 2018 His all-round performance was excellent, too. The 26-year-old, who joined the Toffees on deadline day, caused Leicester real problems all afternoon.Who is Bernard?Bernard began his professional career with hometown team Atletico Mineiro in 2010, spending three years there before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk for a reported 25 million euros.He made 157 appearances for the Ukranian side, scoring 28 goals and winning three domestic titles. Live look at Bernard against Leicester defense. pic.twitter.com/RnmLCPcXHb— Gyorgi (@TweetGyorgi) October 6, 2018 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Bernard tormented Leicester RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injurylast_img read more

Wednesday may struggle to prise away QPR man – report

first_imgSheffield Wednesday may be unable to prise Jay Bothroyd away from QPR so are considering other options as well, The Sheffield Star report.Bothroyd, who played under Owls boss Dave Jones at Cardiff, is not in Rangers manager Mark Hughes’ first-team plans and can leave Loftus Road.Bothroyd can leave QPR.It was reported this week that the striker is heading towards a move to Hillsborough and that Jones is willing to pay £1m for him.But The Star suggest Wednesday have eyed Bothroyd as a possible loan signing and may find it difficult to persuade him to leave the Premier League.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail say Fulham have revived their interest in Oussama Assaidi after the Heerenveen forward’s proposed move to Ajax fell through.Assaidi, 23, was strongly linked with a move to Craven Cottage last season.See also:QPR striker ‘heading towards Sheffield Wednesday move’ Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Humboldt State men’s soccer prepped for CCAA opener

first_imgEntering the 2019 season Humboldt State men’s soccer hadn’t posted five goals in a game since 2013.On Sunday the ‘Jacks netted five goals in a 5-1 win on the road at Simpson University, marking the second consecutive game Humboldt has found the net with such success.Israel Gonzalez supplied two of the ‘Jacks (4-1) goals in the win over Simpson and said that his club is a confident group heading into its California Collegiate Athletic Association opener.“I think our confidence is very high …last_img read more

Airfare bargains set to continue.

first_imgGlobetrotters can look forward to months or years of near-record low travel prices on the world’s longest air routes as airlines start handing back to their customers the benefits of lower fuel prices.The price of jet fuel began tumbling about two years ago after American advances in fracking technology broke the world’s reliance on oil extracted the traditional way.The oil price spike that peaked in 2007-08 had forced airlines to tighten their belts and created the component pricing – or ancillary revenue — revolution that now dominates the selling of air fares, with consumers quoted a base fare and a series of optional extras.Since then, the price of jet fuel has halved, meaning that a typical airline for which fuel in 2007-08 had been about 40 per cent of total operating costs has been able to cut its overall operating costs by about 20 per cent – the biggest single change in airline economics this century.At least on long-haul routes, led by the big Middle Eastern hub-and-spoke full-service carriers, airlines are handing their savings to travellers to build market share and grow their networks.Two years ago, the best fare between Australia and Europe was rarely lower than $A1800 return.  In the past month, Australia’s biggest travel retailer, Flight Centre, has quoted best fares of less than $A1050 return.In the other direction, best fares between Australia and New York City ballooned a decade ago to around $A3000 return when airline competition on South Pacific routes reacheda low point and the only American Australia-US operator, United Airlines, was trading under bankruptcy protection.Flight Centre is currently quoting $A1189 return for early northern summer 2017 travel, while Los Angeles fares have dipped back down to $A895 return – the bargain available after Virgin Australia Delta entered the route in 2009, each with a daily service to Sydney.Meanwhile, the price of tickets to Asian playgrounds like Bali in Indonesia and Phuket, Thailand – once priced at close to $A1000 return from Australia – are now selling for $A380-$420.The best news for consumers is that there’s no reason for the bargains to end: the International Air Transport Association estimates airlines will make $US39.4 billion profit in 2016 in spite of low fares, which are encouraging even more people to travel.”It reflects pretty well on the industry’s efficiency that, even while fares are at record lows, airlines are forecast to make record profits this year,” says one Asia-Pacific airline executive.Outside of the Middle East, where big network carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are booming, using their hubs to carry travellers to the rest of the world, the Asia-Pacific region is now the world’s fastest-growing region for air travel, expanding by nine per cent (measured in revenue passenger kilometres) year-on-year in July 2016, according to IATA.Airlines like Qantas are ramping up Asian services to capitalise on the growth, encouraged by a surge in business travel.For example, Qantas has come in over the top of its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar, which has been running a Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) service four times a week leaving and arriving in Melbourne in the middle of the night to connect with domestic services in Tokyo, with a retimed daily service of its own aimed squarely at corporate customers. Jetstar will vacate the route at the end of the southern summer in February 2017.The number of Japanese visitors to Australia increased by a whopping 17 per cent in 2015-16, while Australian travel to Japan increased by 24 per cent.Qantas says that, after its decision in December 2015 to hand one of its two daily Sydney-Los Angeles flights to alliance partner American Airlines’ Boeing 777-300ERs and launch six weekly 747 services between Sydney and San Francisco, the focus of the airline’s strategy has shifted to Asia, where 75 per cent of its new seating capacity was deployed in 2015-16.”Aviation’s one of the few industries that consistently bring down prices and there are some especially good international fares out there at the moment in a competitive market,” a Qantas spokesman told AirlineRatings.com. “The focus for Qantas is on growing in markets like Asia where there’s strong demand, extending our overall network with partners like American Airlines and making sure our customers are seeing the benefits of our transformation program – whether it’s in the form of good prices or investment in aircraft, lounges and technology.”Ironically, there’s been little low fares action on what has often been  the world’s superhighway for cheap air travel, the North Atlantic between Europe and the USA.While established low-cost airlines on both sides of the Atlantic, such as JetBlue, Southwest, Ryanair and easyJet, have shown little interest in starting transcontinental services, it has been left to low-cost long-haul specialist Norwegian Air Shuttle to develop what low-fares pioneers like Sir Freddie Laker started in the 1960s.It’s still rare to find trans-Atlantic fares under $US500 return, even on Norwegian’s initial services between Europe and America, which it began in 2012.In the face of an onslaught of protectionist rhetoric from airlines and unions on both sides of the Atlantic, Norwegian has struggled to get operating approvals for some of its regional subsidiaries from the US Department of Transport.Nevertheless, the airline is hoping to be able to begin flying between low-cost US airports, such as Westchester, 50 kilometres north of New York City, and European destinations from 2017, with headline fares starting at $US69 one way.Norwegian plans to access such small airports with a new long-range version of Airbus’s biggest narrowbody plane, the 220-seat A321LR, which can fly routes as long as 6000 kilometres, which, until now, have required bigger, heavier widebody jets.last_img read more

Germs produce novel HIV drug

first_imgTwo models for the way HIV enters andinfects a body cell. In the global fusionmodel at top the virus forms an entryclaw, then the virus progressively fuseswith the cell across its width, merging thecontents of the viral membrane with thecellular membrane. In the local fusionmodel below, after the viral claw isformed it creates a local pore in the cellmembrane, through which the viral coreenters the cell.(Image: PLoS Pathogens)MEDIA CONTACTS• CSIR BiosciencesFanie Marais+27 12 841 2325fmarais@csir.co.zaDr Maureen Louw+27 12 841 2167melouw@csir.co.zaGeneral enquiries+27 12 841 3260• Cape Biotech+27 21 442 3780info@capebiotech.co.zaMary AlexanderSouth African researchers have genetically engineered a strain of bacteria to produce large and affordable quantities of a novel and highly effective treatment for HIV, the virus that causes Aids.The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) recently received backing from Cape Biotech, a government-funded biotechnology investment company, to develop a bio-manufacturing process for the antiretroviral Enfuvirtide. A peptide, or amino acid molecule, Enfuvirtide helps slow down the spread of HIV in the body by blocking the virus’s entry into uninfected cells.It’s one of the most effective treatments for HIV, used in combination with other drugs, but until now so expensive it is beyond the means of most South Africans.“Clinical data have confirmed Enfuvirtide’s role in decreasing viral roads,” says Fanie Marais, CSIR research and development outcomes manager. “But the estimated R19 300 (US$2 600) treatment cost per patient, per month, is likely to forever prevent its pervasive use.”The project leader is the CSIR’s Dr Maureen Louw, a molecular biologist with extensive experience in genetically engineering bacteria.“We have genetically modified a microorganism so as to harness the organism’s natural ability for protein secretion and to channel it into over-expressing the peptide we need,” she says on the CSIR website.The current chemical process of producing Enfuvirtide requires 106 chemical steps and 44 ingredients, making it exorbitantly expensive to produce. The new bio-manufacturing process instead makes the bacteria do the work.“We will use fermentation processes to multiply the recombinant bacteria, and therefore increase the yield of peptides obtained,” Louw says.“The aim is to achieve this in a more cost effective manner than the chemical process behind the commercial product on the market.”Having developed the process, the CSIR is now looking at the cost-effectiveness of the technology. According to Louw, if producing the therapy in large quantities at low cost proves economically viable, it will be a boon for South Africa, and an enormous scientific achievement.“To put a highly effective antiretroviral treatment within the reach of our HIV-positive population would be a career highlight for all of the scientists on the project,” she says.“Every scientist wants his/her work to move from the laboratory into a real life application. This investment by Cape Biotech brings us one step closer to this ideal.”South Africa has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world. According to Statistics South Africa’s mid-year population estimates for 2009 (PDF), some 10.6% of the population, or 5.21-million people, is HIV positive.According to the CSIR, if all these people received treatment, South Africa would likely make up almost 40% of the global antiretroviral market. A cheap, abundant and locally produced source of highly effective HIV therapy would be a huge help in reining in the country’s infection rate.The initiative also has the promise of developing South Africa’s pharmaceutical industry. Fred van der Post of Cape Biotech says that if the project’s concept is successfully proven, the technology will be licensed to either an existing local enterprise or a new public-private partnership.Developed at North Carolina’s Duke University in 1996, Enfuvirtide was the first of a new class of antiretroviral drugs known as entry or fusion inhibitors – inhibiting the HI virus’s fusion with or entry into healthy cells. It is currently used in combination therapy to treat HIV-positive people who have developed resistance to other drugs.A peptide, or polymer formed by linked amino acids, Enfuvirtide mimics the machinery the virus uses to attach itself to a cell, effectively preventing the virus from creating an entry pore through the cell’s membrane.It is considered to be effective only against HIV-1, the most globally widespread and virulent form of HIV.last_img read more

Government Divisions to Use VR for Training, Hiring, & More

first_imgTags:#advertising#education#featured#Government#training#virtual reality#VR#vr applications Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Government organizations have historically not been early adopters of much hyped technology like virtual reality. Bureaucratic red tape, tight budgets, and a general resistance to change are just a few of the many reasons this has been the case. But surprisingly, as VR has gone more mainstream over the last 18 months, governmental divisions from the local to federal level have been some of the more innovative users of the technology. How has the technology captured the attention of government workers and how are they deploying it for effective use? To answer the first question, you have to understand two of the most underappreciated facets of Virtual Reality: it can save organizations money and it’s relatively easy to distribute. In terms of cost savings, creating and distributing a virtual reality app is no more expensive than a traditional video. Something like new employee training thus can save government divisions on travel, live trainer hours, etc. And with VR accessible on just about every smartphone, and the prevalence of low cost iOS/Android headsets like Google Cardboard, getting VR out to employees or outside audiences is simple. Let’s dig a little deeper into specific use cases where governments have deployed VR. VR for TrainingAuthoring training apps has rapidly become one of the most popular use cases for our web-based VR app creation software. One division of the federal government that uses InstaVR-created apps, for instance, has new employees first immersed virtually in their respective field location, before they ever step foot in the actual environment. Part of the reason is practical — VR can make you more comfortable and acclimated to a new location, so their employees are better prepared for actual on-site training. But the financial reasons government organizations use VR for training are undeniable. This particular organization mails up to 100 Gear VR headsets and mobile phones to a given field office. Despite the costs associated with the hardware, there’s considerable cost savings by virtually transporting employees versus doing the same in real life. And much of the training videos they use are evergreen, and can be used again and again at offices throughout the United States. The total cost of VR training is small compared with overall training budgets, and any time saved or improvement in employee performance has immense value. VR is also a good fit specifically for training employees in dangerous jobs. For cities and towns, this could include occupations like firefighters, cops, and EMTs. Firefighters, for example, can use a Vive application with a hand controller meant to specifically simulate a fire hose. All of these high pressure municipal jobs require a lot of training before facing real circumstances, and nothing simulates reality as good as VR.(image courtesy of Inlet Shores Group)VR for Recruiting EmployeesIn a relatively strong labor market, job recruiters have to get creative. What better way to show off the day-to-day life of an employee than through an immersive VR experience? The Navy, for example, has extensively used virtual reality as a recruitment tool. This isn’t a surprise, as the target audience of Navy recruits has been raised on video games and video-based tools like YouTube and Snapchat. Creating VR experiences they show out of a custom built trailer called The Nimitz, the Navy has seen a substantial uptick in potential recruits generated by those that don the VR headsets. VR beats written materials pretty handily, it’s safe to say. (image courtesy of Left of Creative)VR for EducationIt’s no exaggeration to say that public schools are perpetually fighting an uphill battle to get funding for technology. One of the most affordable tech enhancements though has been VR in Education. Students can get an immersive, engaging, virtual tour of a faraway place, without having to leave the classroom. Google’s Expeditions, for example, allows students to learn history through VR experiences. Tools like our InstaVR platform also empower teachers to make their own virtual field trips for students. With the declining costs of 360 cameras, and the ubiquity of Google Cardboard (and similar) headsets, teachers can distribute VR field trips of their own making to students who have iOS/Android smartphones. VR truly does make learning more dynamic. Follow the Puck Andrew Woodberry (image courtesy of German University in Cairo)VR for Marketing Cities/States/AirportsConvention & Visitor Bureaus occupy a unique position within governments in that they’re required to spend money to make money. Essentially, they’re investing in different marketing techniques to highlight the qualities of their city or state. And VR has yielded significant ROI for many marketers. Virtual Reality helps organizations make memorable experiences that cut through the marketing clutter of modern life. Atlanta, for instance, created ATL360 as a virtual reality experience to advertise the city to conference and event planners. The VR application utilizes hotspots to feature specific Atlanta neighborhoods, restaurants, hotels, and more. And Atlanta is not alone. One of our clients at InstaVR, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, designed a 360 video tour of the Hamad International Airport to acclimate new visitors to all the amenities offered there. Even the White House put together a very high quality VR tour last year for distribution on the Oculus Rift. ConclusionMultiple divisions of government can take advantage of virtual reality today. Be it to train employees to do dangerous jobs, recruit new employees, educate students, or recruit businesses to hold conferences — there’s no shortages of ways VR can be incorporated into government activities. Not only is VR an exciting technology for government organizations to adopt, it also has practical value for saving money. If you work for the government in appropriate capacity, don’t be afraid to introduce VR to your division. It’s much simpler and more affordable to make than you might expect. Andrew Woodberry is the Head of Sales & Marketing at InstaVR (http://www.instavr.co), a web-based platform for authoring, publishing, and analyzing 360-degree VR content. Since its launch in December 2015, InstaVR has had over 10,000 people and companies sign up to more quickly and easily publish VR apps across the major platforms. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Virat Kohli reaches another milestone, Shah Rukh Khan grateful to Kolkata and more

first_imgVirat Kohli breaches 900-run mark in an IPL seasonVirat Kohli is not done with milestones and records in this season ofIndian Premier League as he becomes the first player to cross 900-runmark in a single edition.  Thank you Kolkata, says proud Shah Rukh Khan after KKR reach playoffs Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan took to Twitter to thank the Kolkata fans after his team stormed into the playoffs of Indian Premier League 2016.Gautam Gambhir lauds Yusuf Pathan after Kolkata Knight Riders storm into playoffsYusuf Pathan slammed an unbeaten 34-ball 52 in KKR’s do-or-die clashagainst Sunrisers Hyderabad to help his team sail into the IndianPremier League 2016 playoffs. Privileged to be sharing a dressing room with Virat Kohli: Lokesh Rahul Royal Challengers Bangalore wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul said he has beenlearning a lot about the game from his skipper Virat Kohli, who hasshattered quite a few batting records in Indian Premier League 2016. Nick Kyrgios lights up damp first day at French Open Kyrgios let his racket do the talking on a damp day and defeated Italian debutant Marco Cecchianto 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 on Sunday.last_img read more

STATE TROOPERS KEPT BUSY RESPONDING TO BLIZZARD RELATED CRASHES

first_imgThe blizzard that struck southern Iowa and Nebraska Sunday kept state troopers busy.The Iowa State Patrol says they responded to 93 crashes and helped 131 motorists in an 18 hour period beginning at 6am Sunday.The National Weather Service says the storm dumped 17 inches on Oskaloosa in south-central Iowa.Flights out of O’Hare Airport in Chicago were cancelled this morning as two inches of snow fell per hour in the Windy City.That affected morning flights to Sioux City and Dallas.In Nebraska, the state patrol responded to 20 crashes and helped 70 other motorists whose vehicles slid off the road or became stranded.The heaviest Nebraska snow Sunday was in Tecumseh, where they had 9 inches.Photos by Nebraska State Patrollast_img read more