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Hunters train-on squad trimmed down to 33

first_imgSP Hunters coach, Michael Marum added two academy players – Joseph Mocke (Northern) and Thompson Yakumbu (Highlands) – during the Goroka camp.The pair will join two Southern academy players Aidan Arusa and Muka Peter Kula when the Hunters pre -season training resumes in Port Moresby next week.The nine players released after the Goroka camp were Andrew Ipi, Benjamin Hetra, Joe Frank, John Grand Arime, Mafu Kalas, Nixon Borana, Philemon Kimisive, Tau Fitzgerald and William Mone.Marum said the players will return to their Digicel Cup teams and can make their way back into the Hunters team depending on their performances.Marum said a final 27 or 28 man squad will be finalised in the next two weeks to take part in the 2017 Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition.“We will keep a few positions open to allow for these players who will play good football in the Digicel Cup to be included in the Hunters team during the season,” said Marum.The 33 man squad to go into camp in Port Moresby on January 3, 2017 are: Adex Wera, Aidan Arusa, Anderson Benford, Ase Boas, Bland Abavu, Radley Bawa, Butler Morris, David Loko, Eddie Dafa, Edward Goma, Enoch Maki, Esau Siune, Henry Wan, Ismael Balkawa, Israel Eliab, Joseph Mocke, Junior Rop, Karo Kauna Jnr, Lawrence Tu’u, Moses Meninga, Muka Peter Kula, Nixon Put, Noel Joel, Sailas Gahuna, Stanton Albert, Stargroth Amean, Thompson Yakumba, Wartovo Puara, Watson Boas, Wawa Paul, Wellington Albert, William Aquila and Willie Minoga.last_img read more

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Liberia Discharges ‘Last Known Ebola Survivor’

first_imgThe “last known Ebola survivor” in Liberia was yesterday, March 5, discharged from the Chinese-run Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).Ms. Beatrice Yardoldo, 59, had arrived at the ETU, located on the grounds of the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, on February 18. She spent about 15 days in an intensive care enclosure within the Chinese ETU, which is managed by the medical team of the Chinese military contingent and assisted by Liberian nurses.During a brief ceremony held at the Chinese ETU, Ms. Yardoldo thanked the joint Chinese and Liberian medical team which looked after her.She narrated that in January and February three of her children died from the virus and when she too, became infected, she didn’t think that she would survive. “I didn’t know I could make it. Since Ebola hit the country, the whole of last year went by [without it affecting any of us]. We gave testimonies in church that Ebola had passed by us. But in January and February, three of our children were taken away by the virus,” Ms. Yardoldo narrated.She stated that she was prepared to be stigmatized by people who don’t understand the nature of the disease, but once her family members are around to show her love, care and concern, she wouldn’t be moved.In his remarks, the Chinese Charge d’Affaires at the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia, Mr. Pang Hanzhao, congratulated the China ETU team for their “arduous work and hard efforts” to make “one more miracle happen in the fight against Ebola.” He recalled an old saying in China that one who survives a great disaster is destined to good fortune forever after.Mr. Pang assured the Liberian Government that “China will not be absent in the post-Ebola recovery endeavor of Liberia.”Ms. Rose L. Barbuto, Officer in Charge of the UN Mission Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), stated that Beatrice’s survival, and the survival of thousands of Liberians, is a testimony to the resilience of the Liberian people. “Surviving Ebola is no easy task. The people of Liberia are the true heroes. They have stopped this disease in its tracks and for this, the world should be thankful.“Liberia has gone 13 days without a new confirmed case of Ebola.” She stressed that while the progress made so far is a great achievement, the country has not yet been declared Ebola-free and that everyone must stay focused. For his part, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Head of Liberia’s Incident Management System (IMS), said the day was of significance for Liberia, declaring that “In the past 13 days since February 20th, the entire Republic of Liberia has gone without a confirmed Ebola virus disease.”He further stated that at least 13 of Liberia’s 15 counties have exceeded 42 days without any confirmed Ebola cases. He however stressed that all of this did not signify that Liberia is now Ebola-free.He clarified that Liberia has to go at least straight 42 days without a confirmed case before it can be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO). So the country now counts 29 more days to be free of the virus if no new confirmed cases are recorded.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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TV producer, Friendly, dies

first_imgFriendly also produced TV movies, specials and miniseries. The 1979 miniseries, “Backstairs at the White House,” was nominated for 11 Emmys, winning one for outstanding achievement in makeup. Born in New York in April 1922, Friendly served as an infantry captain in World War II. He took jobs in advertising and then as a radio and later television director. He moved on to become director of sales for ABC, became a contract producer at CBS and eventually became NBC’s vice president of special programs. Friendly also was a noted thoroughbred owner. He bought his first racehorse with his friend, “Bonanza” star Lorne Greene, and once owned more than 60 horses. They included Timeless Answer, winner of the Los Angeles Handicap in June 1990 and Vivid Angel, which won the 1997 Del Mar Debutante. In 1993, Friendly founded and established Thoroughbred Owners of California, which represents 9,000 licensed owners. Friendly also was a founding member, director and vice-chair of the National Thoroughbred Association, which was the forerunner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Television producer and noted thoroughbred horse owner Ed Friendly, who helped create the hits “Little House on the Prairie” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,” has died. He was 85. Friendly died Sunday at his home in Rancho Santa Fe following a year-long battle with cancer, family spokesman Warren Cowan said today. His Ed Friendly Productions, Inc., was founded in 1967 after he moved to California from New York. “Laugh-In,” which Friendly co-created with George Schlatter, was a rambunctious sketch comedy show that ran from 1968 to 1973. It won several Emmys and popularized such catch phrases as “Sock it to me.” Friendly also helped produce “Little House,” which ran from 1974-83 and was based on the book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Friendly credited his late wife, Natalie, with inspiring him to obtain the rights, Cowan said. Friendly is survived by his second wife, Paula Reddish Zinnemann; a daughter, Brooke Friendly; son Edwin S. “Trip” Friendly III; and three grandchildren. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Inmate recants story linking LAPD to rap star’s murder

first_imgA prison inmate who implicated a former Los Angeles Police Department officer in the murder of rap star Notorious B.I.G. has recanted his story, a move that provides another twist in a complex and unsolved killing. Waymond Anderson, a former R&B artist now serving a life sentence for murder in a separate case, said in a deposition that he lied about the officer’s involvement as part of a scam to win a monetary settlement from the city. Anderson’s deposition, first reported in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times, states he was offered a portion of any settlement if he testified that former Los Angeles Police Officer Rafael Perez told him David Mack, his former patrol partner, was involved in the murder of B.I.G. Mack and Perez have both long denied any involvement in the killing. “I don’t know David Mack, I don’t know Rafael Perez,” Anderson said in the deposition, made Aug. 20. “It was a lie, and I’m ashamed of it,” he said. B.I.G., whose given name was Christopher Wallace, was 24 when he was gunned down March 9, 1997, while leaving a music industry party at Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum. The New York rapper, also known as Biggie Smalls, was one of the country’s most influential hip-hop artists, and theories have proliferated for years about who might have been behind his murder and why. His family has filed a wrongful death suit seeking damages from the city. It accuses the Los Angeles Police Department, and specifically Mack, of responsibility for Wallace’s death. In his deposition, Anderson accused the family and its lawyer of offering to cut him in for a portion of any award for falsely implicating the police. The Wallace family’s lawyer, Perry R. Sanders Jr., vehemently denied the allegation. “This is wholesale, made-up-out-of-whole-cloth perjury,” Sanders said. Both Mack and Perez have long since left the Police Department. Mack is serving a federal prison sentence for bank robbery. Perez was the officer who blew the whistle on the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart scandal in which it was revealed that anti-gang officers who patrolled the city’s Rampart neighborhood often beat and framed innocent people. Scores of convictions were reversed and the city paid at least $70 million to settle more than 200 lawsuits brought by people who said they were victims of police abuse. Perez, who exposed the scandal after being caught stealing cocaine from a police evidence room, has since left the force and changed his name.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Cal Poly splitting up soccer coaching duties

first_img The decision to form two separate coaching staffs did not factor in Caligiuri’s success on the field, Swanson said. But it won’t come without expectations to improve the men’s program on and off the field, he added. “I think Paul would have greater expectations now that he can spend more time with the men’s program,” Swanson said. “Not that we’re dissatisfied with Paul, but surely we feel if a coach can spend more time with students … then that will show on the field.” Caligiuri was 27-41-7 with the men and 37-31-9 with the women in his first coaching position since ending a decorated soccer career. That career included scoring the decisive goal in a win that gave the United States a victory at Trinidad & Tobago in 1989 and its first World Cup berth in 40 years. That goal paved the way for the United States’ receiving the 1994 World Cup, which ultimately helped establish Major League Soccer. “I had a lot to prove,” said Caligiuri, who played for Columbus in the 1996 inaugural season of MLS. “Coming from playing at a high level of soccer, there was a lot of curiosity about what a top player could do for student-athletes. I took that to heart. … I was ambitious. I believed I could take an underachiever and win it all in my first year. But part of me is realistic. Teams take time to build; you don’t win championships overnight.” A lot of that effort, Caligiuri learned, involved managing three different budgets – operations, scholarships and a general fund-raising account – for two teams. It also involves overlooking academics, training sessions, recruiting and scouting to fill out rosters that have proved much more competitive in the CCAA over the last few seasons. Caligiuri had high hopes for last year’s men’s squad. With the Feb. 1 signing day fast approaching, he has the same kind of hopes for a women’s team he expects to get 10 to 15 new players. Even if it’s set up for his successor and women’s assistant Janet Cassidy, who will remain with the women’s program to help ease the transition. “I can honestly say I feel comfortable with this period,” Caligiuri said. “It’s all set up for great success.” Swanson said he is working with the Cal State University system and Cal Poly’s HR department to define the nature of the new women’s position – which will not effect Caligiuri’s salary or the two program’s independent budgets – and the qualifications that Cal Poly will seek. “We’re still defining the criteria,” Swanson said. “But we want someone with a great understanding of the (NCAA Division II model) and understands the relationship between academics and athletics and has proven success wherever they have coached before.” 160Want 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The direction for both programs, at the moment, is status quo. Caligiuri and his staff will continue to scout, recruit and prepare both programs for the 2006 season. When and if the search – which Swanson hopes to begin in early February and conclude by May – reveals a viable replacement, Caligiuri will hand over the reins to a women’s program that has become a two-time Academic All-American squad and a three-time participant in the California Collegiate Athletic Association tournament under his watch. “I’ll be the women’s soccer team’s No. 1 fan,”‘ Caligiuri said. “Obviously, I’m attached to both the men’s and the women’s programs, so it’s hard to move forward. But mainly I’m excited to get the support from (president Michael J. Ortiz) to support building the program. It really allows soccer to become more of a premier sport (at Cal Poly).” The move will separate the programs’ coaching staffs for the first time since 1990, when women’s coach Brian Weisner assumed both positions. Caligiuri can pour all of his efforts into a men’s program that has yet to make a CCAA tournament appearance during his tenure. The men’s team went 3-15-1 overall under interim coach Ryan Heise in 2002 and 8-9-1 in Caligiuri’s first season. The team hasn’t won more than seven games since and finished 5-12-3 during a 2005 season marked by both great transition (14 new players) and impact injuries (goalkeeper Tim Sisk was among the notables to miss time). At the same time, injuries also played a major role in the women’s team finishing the 2005 season 6-10-2. In a move that will allow for more concentrated emphases on both programs, Cal Poly Pomona will open a national search in the coming weeks to hire a full-time women’s soccer coach, athletic director Brian Swanson said Wednesday. “I think it’s a win-win situation for both programs,” Swanson said. “It allows (Caligiuri) to continue to emphasize the men’s program and gives us the opportunity to give our women student-athletes concentrated focus and direction.” center_img For four seasons, U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer Paul Caligiuri has manned both the men’s and women’s head coach positions at Cal Poly Pomona. Now he might not have to. last_img read more

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Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori signs new long-term contract

first_img latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Tomori has made eleven Premier League appearances this season AFP or licensors Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 2 “Fikayo has been with us since he was seven years old and has contributed to many Chelsea successes at youth level.“Having enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Derby last season, Fikayo had a strong start to this campaign and we are enjoying seeing him grow into a key player for us. We are delighted he has committed to the club for the coming years.” Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2 targets Tomori starred for Frank Lampard during a loan spell with Derby last season. And, after he took the managerial reins at Stamford Bridge, Lampard wasted no time in promoting Tomori to the first-team.He scored his first goal for Chelsea during a 5-2 win over Wolves in September before going on to feature in the Champions League.England manager Gareth Southgate then rewarded Tomori with his first call-up to the senior squad in last month’s Euro 2020 qualifying victory against Kosovo.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very happy to see another fantastic young player come through from our academy into the senior team. appointed on target rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Chelsea youngster Fikayo Tomori has committed his long-term future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.The defender, 21, has made 16 appearances for the Blues this season which has also seen him earn his first England cap. Tomori has been one of the main beneficiaries of Frank Lampard believing in the youth Getty Images – Getty Tomori’s new deal keeps him at the London club until the summer of 2024.“It’s obviously a very proud moment for myself and my family,” Tomori, a graduate of Chelsea’s academy, said on the club website.“I’ve been at the club since I was seven years old so I don’t really know much else other than Chelsea.“The club has been so good to me, looking after and developing me during that time into the player and the person I am today.“It’s a dream come true to sign a new five-year contract. I’m really happy the club have shown this faith in me and I’m just excited to carry on.” Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son update statement stalemate last_img read more

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Lennon: ‘We shot ourselves in the foot’ in shock Cluj defeat

first_imgNeil Lennon admitted he was mystified by Celtic’s mistakes as they crashed out of Champions League qualifying with a 4-3 home defeat to CFR Cluj.After drawing 1-1 in Romania last week, Celtic were 1-0 down in less that half an hour in Glasgow but dragged themselves back to a winning position, only to let it slip with two late goals that knocked them out of the competition.Though James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Rryan Christie all found the net, Celtic’s defending let them down and Lennon said they started the match poorly.“The first half we were so passive, no tempo, I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “We weren’t physical or aggressive enough and certainly didn’t work hard enough to stop crosses, second balls. All the nuts and bolts of the game. “And then of course we come out and score and you think we’ll kick on and then settle. The second goal gives them a bit of impetus again.”Defeat puts Celtic into the Europa League play-offs where they will face Sherrif Tiraspol or AIK. Lennon admitted he would have to lift the players and take some flak but minds would have to focus on the task ahead.“We’ve only ourselves to blame,” he said. “It’s hugely disappointing for us all. “We’re going to have to accept the criticism that comes our way. We need to regroup and make sure we qualify for the Europa League.” “We got a warning beforehand and we didn’t stop the cross and then we do the exact same thing again. “At half-time we got after them a little bit and got the right response but we shot ourselves in the foot with the goals we conceded. We had the lead twice and we have given it away.”Lennon revealed that he had frank words with his players at half-time and was pleased with the initial response before they were stunned by Cluj’s fightback.“I said to them ‘You’re blowing it, you’re playing as if it’s a friendly. I don’t know if you’re disrespecting the opponent but you’re flat. This is a Champions League qualifier and at this minute we’re going out of the competition. Is that what you want?’last_img read more

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Declan Gallagher feared Scotland selection was ‘wind up’

first_img“It took a wee bit to get going again,” he said. “I always felt like something was holding me back but that’s all in the past now.” Motherwell defender Declan Gallagher feared it was a “wind-up” when he was named in the Scotland squad.Gallagher was added to the squad for last month’s fixtures with Russia and San Marino following injuries, but kept his place when Steve Clarke named his next squad this week.The 28-year-old will now be hoping to make his international debut against Cyprus or Kazakhstan.But he revealed he had to double-check that news of the call-up wasn’t a joke. ‘When I found out it legit I was buzzing,” he said. “Getting the phone call when I was sitting with my daughter and wife, it was unbelievable.“I think they were actually more excited about it than I was.”Gallagher has rebuilt his career after being given a three-year prison sentence for attacking a chef in 2013.After his release, he became Livingston captain before moving to Fir Park in the summer.last_img read more

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of April 22, 2016

first_imgWhat did we miss? Attach your ideas to Mickey Mouse Icon Silhouette Necklace and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line. Share This!Man…I couldn’t keep up with all the Disney Parks news this week! It sure was one heck of a ride, that’s for sure.In addition, there may have been a lot you missed that you’ll find here in In Case You Missed It, including a Disney Channel movie marathon, a possible name for Star Wars Land, and more. Read on for all the details.In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors This is an interesting look at what may be going on behind the departure of Tom Staggs. Also, it clearly points to the direction the company will likely be taking going forward. I found it quite illuminating.Disney was ranked as the World’s Most Authentic Brand.Tom Wolber is expected to head back to manning Disney Cruise Line after a stint at Disneyland Paris.Hong Kong Disneyland is seeing a slump and because of that, jobs have been cut at the resort.According to SlashFilm, who heard to according to Jim Hill (am I back in high school) we may know the name of the upcoming Star Wars Land.Former Imagineer Rolly Crump is being showcased in a documentary that will be debut at the Newport Beach Film Festival called “The Whimsical Imagineer.”More interactive elements have been testing lately at Walt Disney World, including the Haunted Mansion and Rock n’ Roller Coaster. What do you think of these – really cool or really creepy?Dapper Day occurred this past weekend at the Magic Kingdom. Have you ever participated in Dapper Day?Thinking of taking a cruise? Here are some things you should consider.Oh my god. All 100 of the Disney Channel movies are going to air Memorial Day weekend! Which movie was your all time favorite?Captain America: Civil War is tracking for a huge opening weekend at the box office already.The Jungle Book had a smashing opening weekend, raking in 103.6 million in box office earnings last weekend. What did you think of the film?Pete’s Dragon opens in August, but take a look at the dragon Elliot.Universal Orlando raised the prices of its annual passes this week. What do you think of this increase?In Case We Missed Itlast_img read more

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Ways and Means Committee Examines Rising Premiums, Tax Consequences Under PPACA

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportThe House Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on July 12 examining the increase in premiums for health insurance plans offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (P.L. 111-148) created the Marketplace (sometimes called an “Exchange”). Individuals who obtain coverage through the Marketplace may qualify for the Code Sec. 36B premium assistance tax credit to help offset the cost of premiums.PPACA “taxes and fees cost more than inpatient spending,” Joel C. White, president, Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC), testified. According to White, healthcare premiums are increasing about three times faster than wages. Health insurance taxes should be repealed because the costs pass on to the consumer by way of higher premiums, he added.Objective analysts have found that the individual mandate tax penalty is not achieving its intended result of having younger, healthier individuals purchase a health plan through the Marketplace, according to Christopher E. Condeluci, principal, CC Law & Polich PLLC, and former counsel to the Senate Finance Committee. Rather than buying a healthcare plan that an individual cannot afford, “instead, they are choosing to pay a stiff tax penalty,” Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said during opening statements.“Congress has enacted 24 changes to the Affordable Care Act since its enactment, most of them in a bipartisan manner,” White testified. Among those changes, “Congress enacted a moratorium on collection of the health insurance tax, which is expected to lower premiums by 1-to3-percent in 2017,” White said.“It is absolutely an imperfect market today, but it is a vastly improved one, yet it still needs to be improved upon,” Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said. Neither of the four expert witnesses advocated repealing the PPACA when asked by lawmakers, but all agreed adjustments and improvement are needed.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffWays and Means Press Release: Brady Opening Statement: Rising Health Insurance Premiums Under the Affordable Care ActTestimony of Joel C. White, President, Council for Affordable Health CoverageTestimony of Christopher E. Condeluci, Esq., Principal and Sole Shareholder, CC Law & Policy PLLCWritten Statement for the Record of Thomas M. Harte, President of Landmark Benefits, Representing the National Association of Health UnderwritersWritten Testimony Submitted by: Peter V. Lee, Executive Director, Covered Californialast_img read more

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