Lam was invited by The Rt Hon Mark Field MP, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and gave a speech about how rugby unites the world, from Samoa to the United Kingdom.The rugby-themed event was an opportunity to celebrate the enduring friendships and broader benefits that sport can generate. Professional rugby players and coaches with Pacific ties will join us to share their exciting stories.The UK will open three new High Commissions in Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu this year, doubling our diplomatic presence in the region. The UK looks forward to collaborating even more closely with Pacific nations on bilateral and global issues such as climate change.
Rugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Committing yourself in every little thing for the team and discipline is the key, says former SP PNG Hunters halfback Watson Boas. Boas, who is now contracted to play for the England rugby league based Featherstone Rovers club was able contact Post Courier and share few pointers for the new recruits currently in training camp with the SP PNG Hunters. “Since it will be your first year with the team coach won’t expect more from you but just give your best in your training to make the starting 17 every weekend and always give your best in your games,” said Boas. “Commit yourself in every little thing for the team and discipline is the key and since you choose to play rugby league for our country dedicate yourself for the team.” He said players must remember that they play for their family, province and also the 8 million plus people of PNG. “Must have the pride to wear the jumper,” said Boas. He added players should always take one game at a time, no rush and be patient in everything they do on and off the field. “Do all the little things right and let your game speaks for itself,” said Boas. Boas also took time to reflect on the efforts of coach Michael Marum and his coaching staff for their discipline and how they shape of them (players) to be good citizen of the country. He said they (hunters coaching staff) always up to date with everything they do and on time during training and he gave credit for their hard work. “Sometimes I see they have sleepless nights, staying up preparing things for the next day training, just for the betterment of the club,” said Boas. “Sometimes I sit back and reflect and I can say they are the reason why I’m here now so all credit back to them without them I’m not going to prosper in my career.”
Volleyball Most of the players participating in the Prima Smallgoods 11th Under 21 National volleyball championship are grateful with the delivery of 10 cartons of sausages given to each team. At a brief ceremony in Lae, Morobe province yesterday, Prima Smallgoods National sales and marketing manager Kola Geru said the company was glad to be associated with volleyball because it is gender equality sport that involves both men and women. “This sport brings everyone together,” he said. “We want to change the mindset of the youths to be successful in the sport that they love to play. The youths playing in this championship have set the standard and there are role models and will be the stars of the future. We want to invest to the youths as there are creating a pathway for the future. “We want them to take a positive approach and take volleyball to the next level,” Geru said. The hosts Huon Association president Ronald Karo thanked Prima Smallgoods for giving their continued support to volleyball. PNGVA Inc committee member Kila Joe also expressed gratitude to the company for coming onboard at this time when the country was going through tough economic crisis. “They started sponsoring the National championships back in 2007 and we want to acknowledge their ongoing sponsorship. We will ensure the games run freely without fear or favor for everyone to enjoy,” Joe said. The open men and women’s competition will start today.
Brentford goalkeeper Richard Lee has joined Fulham on loan for the rest of the season along with Reading’s Danny Guthrie. Lee, who joined the Bees from Watford in 2010, was voted player of the year at Griffin Park in 2011 but has not made a league appearance this season.The 32-year-old plans to retire when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.AdChoices广告His surprise move therefore means he will see out his career at Craven Cottage unless Brentford invoke a clause in the loan deal enabling them to recall him after 28 days.Midfielder Guthrie, 27, spent four years at Newcastle before joining Reading in 2012. He began his career at Liverpool.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Marc McCarroll and Andy Lapthorne both came through their wheelchair tennis first-round matches at the Paralympics on Friday.Eastcote’s Lapthorne, the fourth seed in the quad singles, defeated 55-year-old Italian Alberto Corradi, a man 30 years his senior and the oldest competitor in the Games.AdChoices广告A former wheelchair basketball player, Corradi only took up wheelchair tennis at the age of 37 but even at his current age is still ranked 13th in the world.Even so, Lapthorne needed just over an hour to win 6-2 6-3, and book a meeting against either Heath Davidson or Bryan Barten.Ickenham-based McCarroll also defeated a veteran Italian, 42-year-old Fabian Mazzei.McCarroll, who at world number 19 is ranked 14 places above his opponent, came through 7-5 6-3, and will now face second seed Joachim Gerard of Belgium in the next round.Meanwhile, Ealing’s Gaz Choudhry scored 14 points as Great Britain’s wheelchair basketball side secured an 84-60 win over Iran.However there was disappointment for Richmond-based Mo Jomni, who failed to qualify from his heat in the T53 100m. See also:Whiley and Lapthorne on road to Rio with Bolton winsLapthorne’s latest title boosts confidence ahead of RioLapthorne sends Britain into World Team Cup finalSilver and bronze for Lapthorne and McCarroll in TokyoRio blow for Whiley and McCarroll at British OpenParalympics: Tennis trio victorious, silver for GoldParalympics: Medal joy for Lapthorne but pain for WhileyParalympics: Lapthorne wins bronze after four-hour epicParalympics: Baker retains dressage title, silver for Lapthorne
Today, the legend of CSKA and Bulgarian football Lyuboslav Penev celebrates his 54th birthday, the website of the “Army” writes.“He has played more than 120 matches with the red shirt, in which he scored 88 goals. In his career, Lyuboslav Penev has two stays at the” Army “as a footballer (1984-1989 and 2000-2001) and three as a coach of the army. He made his debut for the first team of CSKA on September 15, 1985 in the 4: 2 victory over the Black Sea of the “Bulgarian Army”. He came on as a substitute in the 88th minute in place of Krassimir Bezinski. On December 22, 1985 he scored his first goal in “A” group. He did it at Gerena, and CSKA won 3: 1 against Levski. This is the debut of his uncle Dimitar Penev as head coach of the Reds.Champion of Bulgaria in 1987 and 1989, winner of the National Cup 4 times (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989), three times of the Soviet Army (1985, 1986, 1989) and once of the Super Cup of Bulgaria (1989). Footballer of the Year – 1988.He is the coach of CSKA in the period in which the team makes one of its last strong seasons in European tournaments – the elimination of Dynamo Moscow in 2009, which ranked the Reds in the groups of the Europa League.As a footballer he has a number of memorable matches for CSKA, both in the domestic championship and on the international stage, and some of his most important goals are against Panathinaikos for KNK and against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Cup tournament.Penev is the only CSKA player to score a hat-trick when visiting the army in Europe. This happened with the 3: 2 victory over Inter Bratislava in the KNK tournament in the 1988/89 season (September 7, 1988).Lyuboslav Penev: I am pleased that we are earning points. I’m not happy it’s oneThe coach of Tsarsko Selo is happy that the team has not conceded a goal for four roundsFrom CSKA he continued his career abroad, strengthening Valencia before 1989, and has a total of 10 seasons on the Iberian Peninsula. He also played for Atletico Madrid (with whom he recorded a double in 1996 and is the team’s leading scorer with 22 goals in 44 games this season), Compostela and Celta.He has been a national of Bulgaria for 11 years (1987-1998). During this period he recorded 62 games in which he scored 13 goals. With the Lions he participated in the World Cup in 1998 in France, as well as at Euro ’96 in England.As a coach, he also led Litex, with which he was champion in 2011, the national team of Bulgaria (2011-2014) and the second team of Valencia, while the team competed in the third group of the Segunda Division.We wish Lyuboslav Penev good health, happiness, luck and success! “, Wrote the” reds “.Lubo Penev: I am a maximalist, I am a winner!“Congratulations guys”
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens won’t have the services of veteran right guard Marshal Yanda for the rest of the season, and it remains unclear when another pillar of their roster will return to action.The news wasn’t as bleak on defensive tackle Brandon Williams after he left Sunday’s game with a foot injury, but his status for the Week 3 tilt against Jacksonville in London remains unclear after he played only 19 snaps against Cleveland.Third-year tight end Maxx Williams also appeared to injure his left foot in the second half and left the post-game locker room wearing a walking boot.“I don’t have any word on those guys at this time,” Harbaugh said. “Those were not long-term injuries, so you probably won’t be getting any updates on that.”What Harbaugh considers a “long-term” injury to be is open for interpretation, of course. The first injury report of the week will be released on Wednesday afternoon.The Ravens were already without outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith (knee/ankle) and cornerback Jaylen Hill (thigh) for Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Browns. Smith was injured in the first half of the season opener in Cincinnati while Hill has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since the final week of the preseason.With Yanda and rookie linebacker Bam Bradley (knee) lost for the season in Week 2, the Ravens will have an incredible 15 players on injured reserve when those transactions become official. In the former’s case, the fractured ankle will snap an impressive stretch of six consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl.“He’ll have his surgery soon. He had a couple things in there he had to deal with,” said Harbaugh, who added that Yanda would need some “plating” to repair the fracture. “But he was really disappointed. You’ll get a chance to speak with him. He’ll definitely speak for himself on that, but it’d be sufficed to say [that] it was tough, hard for him. As tough as it is for the team, and for all of us, the thing you have to keep in mind how tough it is for the player.”
Liberty Professionals have made a major signing off the pitch after appointing Sarbah Quaye as their new team manager.The Dansoman based club struggled to stay up in the Ghana top flight and feel the capture of the man who spent more than five seasons with Hearts of Oak can help turn their fortunes around.Quaye was integral to Hearts of Oak’s Confederations Cup win in 2004 but came in for fierce criticism from the club’s fans after their mid term struggle last season.He is due to travel with Liberty in the coming week to Burkina Faso for a Wafu Cup commitment.Source: Kickoff.com
Related Michael Kovac/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Harrison Ford was involved in an incident involving a passenger jet, sources told ABC News.The actor, who is also a private pilot, was landing a plane at John Wayne Airport in Orange County when he flew over an American Airlines 737 aircraft bound for Dallas – Ft. Worth.There were no injuries and the FAA is currently investigating the situation.Ford’s publicist told ABC News he had no official statement about the incident.The 74-year-old Star Wars: The Force Awakens star has been an avid airman for some time. In 2015, he was injured when the World War II-era plane he was flying crashed on a golf course near Santa Monica, California. Just after takeoff, Ford reported engine trouble, according to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Patrick Jones, and then allegedly came up short of the runway.“The airplane Harrison was flying was an old model. It was built for slow speed and maneuverability,” ABC News aviation consultant John Nance said at the time. “I think what happened in this instance is the wheels dug into the wet ground and that made the aircraft stop too quickly.”That October, Ford told Jimmy Kimmel that he remembered the engine stopping and telling the tower that he was going to ignore their suggestion of continuing on the usual landing route, but that was “the last thing I remember till five days afterwards.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico
WASHINGTON | Parents who have been fretting over the low levels of arsenic found in apple juice can feel better about buying one of their kids’ favorite drinks.The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant’s effects on children. Nationwide, apple juice is second only to orange juice in popularity, according to industry groups.In this Sept. 15, 2011 photo, an apple and a pitcher of apple juice are posed together in Moreland Hills, Ohio. The Food and Drug Administration is setting a new limit on the level of arsenic allowed in apple juice, after more than a year of public pressure from consumer groups worried about the contaminant’s effects on children. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)Studies have shown that the juice contains very low levels of arsenic, a cancer-causing agent found in everything from water to soil to pesticides. The FDA has monitored arsenic in apple juice for decades and has long said the levels are not dangerous to consumers, in particular small children who favor fruit juice.But now the agency is putting in place a strict standard on how much arsenic is acceptable in apple juice, limiting the amount to the same level currently permitted in drinking water.Under the new regulation, apple juice containing more than 10 parts per billion could be removed from the market and companies could face legal action. Agency officials stressed that the vast majority of juices on the market are already below the threshold.“Overall the supply of apple juice is very safe and does not represent a threat to public health,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, in an interview with The Associated Press. “We decided to put forward this proposed action level to give guidance to industry and to assure ongoing safety and quality.”An FDA analysis of dozens of apple juice samples last year found that 95 percent were below the new level.The standard specifically targets inorganic arsenic — the type found in pesticides — which can be toxic and may pose a cancer risk if consumed at high levels or over a long period. Organic arsenic occurs naturally in dirt and soil and passes through the body quickly without causing harm, according to the FDA.In 2008 FDA regulators set a “level of concern” for arsenic at 23 parts per billion in apple juice. The agency has the authority to seize juice that exceeds that level.But agency officials played down the significance of the older figure this week, calling it a “back of the envelope” calculation that was used to assess one juice shipment detained at the border.“It was not a full blown, science-based number,” said Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods.The FDA’s new number is based on lifetime exposure to arsenic and the potential for long-term cancer risk. Taylor says the number reflects a very cautious approach, since it’s unclear how much arsenic exposure can trigger the disease.“There isn’t a known threshold for the carcinogenic effect, so we assume the possibility of effects all the way down to the lowest dose,” Taylor said.The agency will take comments on the draft regulation for 60 days before making it binding.Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports, last year called for a limit as low as 3 parts per billion. While the FDA didn’t go that far, the group still praised the agency for taking action.“While we had proposed a lower limit, we think this is a perfectly good first step to bring apple juice in line with the current drinking water limits,” said Urvashi Rangan, the group’s director for consumer safety.While the Environmental Protection Agency sets arsenic limits for drinking water, there have never been similar standards for most foods and beverages. The FDA is also considering new limits on arsenic in rice, which is thought to have higher levels than most foods because it is grown in water on the ground, optimal conditions for absorbing the contaminant.“We don’t have standards like this in most foods, so it’s an important precedent,” Rangan said.Environmental groups like Food and Water Watch have also lobbied the FDA on the issue. And television’s Dr. Mehmet Oz made arsenic a national issue in 2011 when he raised an alarm — some say a false alarm — over apple juice, based on tests his show commissioned by a private lab.All of the experts — including the government and the consumer advocates — agree that drinking small amounts of apple juice isn’t harmful. The concern involves the effects of drinking large amounts of juice over long periods of time.Another point of agreement is that children under 6 shouldn’t be drinking much juice anyway, because it’s high in calories. Health experts say children under 6 shouldn’t drink any more than 6 ounces of juice a day — about the size of a juice box. Infants under 6 months shouldn’t drink any juice at all.The American Academy of Pediatrics said Friday children should be encouraged to eat whole fruit adding, “it is not necessary to offer children any juice to have a well-balanced, healthy diet.”The Juice Products Association, which represents juice producers, said it is reviewing the FDA’s proposal and risk assessment.“Apple juice producers, as well as the FDA, want people to know they can be confident that apple juice is safe,” said Rick Cristol, the group’s president, in a statement.____AP Writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this story.