A member of staff of the Nigeria Football Federation, Dr. Christian Emeruwa, has resumed office in Cairo, Egypt as Head of Safety and Security of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the continental –ruling body for the game of football.Emeruwa, who has served as special assistant to three successive NFF General Secretaries, is on a two-year leave of absence at the CAF Headquarters in 6th October City, near Cairo.Holder of a doctorate degree in health education and human kinetics from the University of Ibadan, Emeruwa took up appointment with the Nigeria Football Federation in 2007 and has, over the years, brilliantly coordinated safety and security matters at venues of major international and domestic games round the country. He is also a FIFA Security Officer.Before taking up appointment at CAF, Emeruwa had coordinated safety and security issues at a number of matches and competitions for CAF and world footballing-governing body, FIFA on invitation.He becomes the second Nigerian to take up a high-profile appointment at CAF headquarters since the election of NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick into the CAF Executive Committee less than 22 months ago. The first was Mr. Samson Adamu, who is CAF’s Director of Competitions.Apart from the duo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, A. U Mustapha, is the President of CAF Appeal Board, with so many other Nigerians on several committees of the continental body as well as FIFA.While Pinnick has been elevated to the 1st Vice President of CAF and is also President of the AFCON Organizing Committee, NFF 1st Vice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, 2ndVice President, Mallam Shehu Dikko, Executive Committee members Ibrahim Gusau and Yusuf Ahmed, as well as Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, Mrs Chisom Ezeoke, Dr. Peter Singabele and Senator Obinna Ogba are on various panels.At the level of FIFA, where Pinnick is a respected Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, he has been able to get the former Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Ayotunde Philips and NFF 2nd Vice President Dikko into committees. While Justice Philips is the only African on the FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber), Dikko is a Member of the FIFA Football Stakeholders Committee.“I am delighted with the number of Nigerians we have been able to get into key positions and committees in FIFA and CAF, but we are just starting. I have always been saying that Nigeria is a big country globally and we can no longer remain a silent voice in international football politics. The work is ongoing to ensure more Nigerians come to the fore at global and continental levels,” Pinnick said on Tuesday.NIGERIANS IN FIFA. Mr. Amaju Pinnick – Member, Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions. Justice Ayotunde Philips – Member, FIFA Ethics Committee (Adjudicatory Chamber). Mallam Shehu Dikko – Member, FIFA Football Stakeholders CommitteeNIGERIANS WORKING IN CAF. Mr. Samson Adamu – Director of Competitions. Dr. Christian Emeruwa – Head of Safety and SecurityNIGERIANS IN CAF COMMITTEES. Mr. Amaju Pinnick – 1st Vice President/Member, Emergency Committee/President, AFCON. Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi – Member, Youth Competitions Committee. Mallam Shehu Dikko – Member, Inter-Clubs and Club Licensing System Committee. Alh. Ibrahim Gusau – Member, Organizing Committee for CHAN. Alh. Yusuf Ahmed – Member, Technical and Development Committee. Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah – Member, Organizing Committee for AFCON. Mrs Chisom Ezeoke – Member, Women Football Committee. Dr. Peter Singabele – Member, Committee on Sports Medicine. Senator Obinna Ogba – Member, Futsal and Beach Soccer CommitteeShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Beat writers Stephen Bailey and David Wilson preview No. 7 Syracuse’s (26-3, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) matchup with Georgia Tech (13-16, 4-12) at the Carrier Dome.They discuss senior night, Jerami Grant’s injury and Tyler Roberson’s potential jump in playing time. Published on March 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm Contact Trevor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @TrevorHass
The USC Gould School of Law announced Tuesday that it will start offering an online master of laws degree in the fall of 2014.The school aims to provide international attorneys the opportunity to earn certificates in business or entertainment law. The program, which will begin accepting applications in the new year, offers 10 of the residential program’s core classes in an online format and has received official consent from the American Bar Association.The school partnered with technology company Pearson Embanet, who will provide web support, maintenance, instructional design and course conversion.Gould Dean Robert K. Rasmussen began considering an online program last year shortly after university President C. L. Max Nikias announced USC’s efforts to expand online education.“It was really a perfect compliment of our team’s initiative and President Nikias’ university initiative,” said Deborah Call, associate dean of USC Gould’s Graduate and International Programs. “We’ve had a very successful residential master of laws program for international students for 12 years.”Over the past 10 years, Call said, the American Bar Association has noted a significant increase in the number of international students seeking a legal education in the United States.“By coming to the United States and earning the master of laws degree, it improves their opportunity for growth within the company or the law firm so they typically earn a promotion, and after they complete the degree it allows them to earn a higher salary,” Call said.All courses will be taught in English and, similar to the international students in the residential masters of laws program, students who take the online courses will be required to take a test proving their English language proficiency. Call hopes the program will attract students from countries including South Korea, China, Japan, India, Brazil, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.“These are countries where there are large populations of licensed law practitioners and this program will be targeted at those that who can’t take time away from their busy law practices, their professional careers and their personal family obligations,” Call said.While developing the program, Call and her colleagues spoke to alumni who said they enjoyed the on-campus experience but many of their associates did not have the luxury to take a year off and come to the United States. Those who take the online course, however, will have the option to attend a four-week long on-campus Summer Law and English program.Washington University in St. Louis offers a similar program for international students and both New York University and Boston University offer online programs in tax law. Call said Gould consulted with other USC graduate schools that offer online programs during the development phase.“We’ve worked closely with many of the university administrators across the graduate schools to ensure we are going to bring excellent quality and high-caliber students into our programs,” Call said.More than 90 percent of students in the residential master of laws program return to their home country, Call said, but many have taken advantage of the opportunity to sit for an American Bar exam and a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. legal system allowed them to conduct more international business. The online program will offer similar benefits.“It gives them qualities and skills that many of their colleagues simply don’t have because they haven’t had the opportunity to study in the master of laws program and that will translate whether they accomplish that through a residential or online modality,” Call said. “The online environment provides a larger audience with the opportunity to study and I feel that this is really the way of the future.”
It was an unusual day for freshman Yash Bhartia. Suite 2004 was a little quiet, and still a bit unfamiliar. For the first time in his life, Bhartia felt the full weight of his distance from home sink in. He had left everything behind — his friends, family and loved ones — to pursue his education at a university more than 7,000 miles away from home in Guwahati, India. He missed it — the fragrant smell of turmeric in the air, the heat pressed against his skin and the taste of the pav bhaji, a vegetable curry and bread dish, that his mom made often.So, he got out of bed. He convinced his suitemates Lance and Richard to come with him to Jitlada, a restaurant he had been dying to try since coming to USC. After eating the spiciest chicken curry in Los Angeles and watching his suitemates cry from the heat, Yash was glad he got a small taste of home — and that Lance and Richard did too. That spontaneous adventure was just the beginning for Suite 2004.Yash Bhartia and his seven suitemates — Paulo Dela Cruz, Alvin Li, Daniel Xu, Lance Azusada, Jack Zhao, Richard Xian and Talman Fortune — have found a home with each other, despite coming from eight different backgrounds.Chinese, Filipino, Indian, white, gay, straight — those are just some of the unique identities that these eight suitemates carry. Those identities have shaped and strengthened the boys’ friendships with one another.Though none of them originally applied to live at the International Residential College, the eight freshmen ended up together through randomized housing assignments. “It was very interesting meeting all of my suitemates,” Azusada said. “I come from Palmdale, where the majority of people I knew were Hispanic or black, so it was amazing coming to USC and living with people from so many different places and backgrounds.”At first, these differences weren’t apparent. As a 17-year-old from Guam, Dela Cruz didn’t think much of the people he would later call his suitemates. For all his life, he had grown up with the same people — some Filipino, some Chamorro, the indigenous people who live on the island. Familiarity was a way of life on the island, but after arriving at the University, he realized that things were about to change. Living with a group of strangers from all different corners of life was a new and strange experience for him. And differences had to be set aside. “There’s been a lot of lessons learned during my short time here,” Dela Cruz said. “I knew there were things I had to change about myself to figure out my way in college.”Dela Cruz knew there were things he needed to sort out with his suitemates. He knew himself too well to dismiss his own identity to the people he was living with. It was the little things, from his faded purple hair to the way he dressed, and he understood that he needed to remain true to himself in order to mature. So, after being out to his friends and family, he decided that it was time to come out to his suitemates.Initially, things were awkward. Coming from India, Bhartia found it difficult to understand his suitemate’s circumstance. He experienced a new form of culture shock. He never had these conversations back home, where homosexuality is generally considered taboo.“At first, it was really difficult because there were just things that [Yash] wasn’t used to, especially because of his background,” Dela Cruz said. “I really wanted to show him that even though being gay is part of my identity, it does not define me.” After speaking together privately, the two emerged with a better understanding of one another’s identities. And according to Dela Cruz, “The dynamic is back again.” On the other hand, Azusada began to realize he identified more with his Filipino background than he previously thought. Azusada grew up in Historic Filipinotown without knowing any Tagalog. After moving to Palmdale during his formative years, he thought he had left behind a large part of his Filipino culture in exchange for “being Americanized.” “Living in Hi-Fi was pretty interesting,” he said. “[My parents] did not teach me any Tagalog, so it was tough being surrounded by people who were Filipino and knew Tagalog, and feeling less Filipino than them because of the language barrier.” Since coming to USC, Azusada has joined Dela Cruz in Troy Philippines, the only Filipino culture club on campus. Reconnecting with his culture, he was reminded of the values his family raised him with — Filipino values, to be precise. And for him, it’s the little things that matter.“I still take my shoes off when I come back into my room,” he said. “I ask my friends to do it as well whenever they visit. In the Philippines, there’s a lot of poverty, so a lot of Filipinos take cleanliness very seriously. I’m one of those people.”Xian didn’t come from one neighborhood like Azusada — he grew up all around the world, from China to Philadelphia to South Africa. One thing was certain though —he had never actually experienced Indian culture. Despite crying and sweating for several hours after trying a spicy curry dish at Bhartia’s insistence, he was not apprehensive about wanting to learn more about his suitemate.During the last weekend of October, he decided to spend Diwali with Bhartia. Diwali, which took place on Oct. 30, is a Hindu tradition that celebrates light and goodness. Though he did not wear any traditional garb, Xian took this opportunity to get to know his roommate better.“I asked questions about what people do on Diwali, how they dress,” Xian said. “I was interested, and from my experience, it was a lot of fun getting to learn more about Yash and his traditions.” Learning and understanding each other’s cultures was a common theme when it came to creating relationships in Suite 2004. After getting comfortable with each other, however, the suitemates went beyond learning to experiencing.Despite being Chinese, Xu made a conscious decision to join the Korean American Student Association with his suitemate Paulo. Like many other students who come to USC, KASA is a melting pot of identities — and it isn’t uncommon to have students of all different backgrounds, Asian or non-Asian. Participating in an annual competition called Dance Off, Xu began to learn more about not only Korean culture, but also those of many of his peers. He also reconnected with his own heritage.“Being away from family and not speaking Chinese as well some other people here made me realize that maybe it’s time for change,” Xu said. Xu has been looking into taking Chinese courses for spring semester. Though these steps are small, he hopes that he’ll be able to come out of college with a stronger connection to his family, and to his Chinese heritage.The eight attribute many of their learning experiences, about their own cultures and others, to each other. “My suitemates and IRC have taught me a lot, and also have driven me to be a better student,” Azusada said. “Coming here, I had a lot of stereotypes and expectations about what I thought USC would be like. But everything’s been very different from what I anticipated, and I’m glad that my suitemates have shaped my experience as a student here in some way.”There seems to never be a dull night in Suite 2004. Since becoming suitemates, the eight have learned a lot about each other, from Bhartia’s obsession with American television to Li’s extreme study habits. It’s not only the way they live, but also the conversations they’ve had together, that truly allowed their relationships to grow beyond IRC. “We can go hours on end talking to each other about literally anything and everything,” Xian said. “On some nights, we just gather in Daniel and Yash’s room to eat and talk about life for probably about three hours until we realize that we should have done our homework.” Like any other first-year students and their roommates, the eight have created a dynamic friendship together. For them, it isn’t just about going to parties together (though they still do) or being around each other all the time. Even though their majors and extracurricular activities all differ from one another, they share one thing in common — their excitement to come back home to IRC every night. “We might be the same, and we might be different in some ways,” Xian said. “But we see each other beyond our beliefs and our cultures. We see each other as suitemates, as friends and as people.”
It lifted Claudio Ranieri’s side eight points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur, who host West Bromwich Albion this evening, and means that they can claim the title by winning at Manchester United next Sunday if Spurs fail to beat West Brom.Leicester’s victory had the added effect of ending the title bids of both third-place Manchester City and fourth-place Arsenal, who were held to a 0-0 draw at struggling Sunderland.Vardy’s dismissal, after he was shown a second yellow card for diving, had been the chief talking point of Leicester’s 2-2 draw with West Ham United last weekend, which had raised the possibility of nerves getting the better of Ranieri’s miracle men.But they made an ideal start against Francesco Guidolin’s Swansea as Ashley Williams’s careless clearance struck Mahrez, who calmly stroked his 17th goal of the season past visiting goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.Ulloa made it 2-0 on the half-hour by heading in Danny Drinkwater’s free-kick and killed the game off in the 61st minute when he toed in a cross from Jeff Schlupp, who had sprinted into the box from halfway.The fourth goal, in the 85th minute, was the work of Leicester’s substitutes, with Demarai Gray sparking the move by sprinting to the byline on the right and sending a cross into the box.From Andy King’s back-post header, Gray saw a close-range volley parried by Fabianski, but Albrighton followed in to lift the rebound into the roof of the net.Leicester’s win definitely sounded the death knell on the title aspirations of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, whose goalless stalemate at Sunderland did little to help their push for a top-four finish.Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt came closest to breaking the deadlock at the Stadium of Light with a first-half free-kick that hit the post, while both teams had penalty appeals for handball turned down.Arsenal, for whom Jack Wilshere made his first appearance of the season after recovering from a broken fibula, remain fourth, five points above Manchester United, but having played a game more.“We created less, but could still have scored. We should have been in front in the first half,” Arsenal manager Wenger told the BBC.“It leaves us having to win the next game, as always. We fight against teams who fight not to go down, so we prepare to fight again next Saturday.”The point was of much greater use to Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland, who climbed out of the relegation zone on goal difference at the expense of Norwich City.“With four games to go it is in our hands now,” said Allardyce, whose side had won 3-0 at Norwich in their previous game.“Our performances are good – excellent last week and very good today. Hopefully we can get enough points to stay out of trouble.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Leicester City need just five points to complete a fairytale Premier League title triumph after Leonardo Ulloa scored twice in a 4-0 home victory over Swansea City yesterday.With top scorer Jamie Vardy suspended, his stand-in Ulloa stepped up with a brace of goals at the King Power Stadium, either side of goals by Riyad Mahrez and substitute Marc Albrighton.
SAN DIEGO — After Stephen Strasburg agreed to a seven-year, $245-million deal to return to the Washington Nationals, the Angels were left in a somewhat precarious spot.Not only was one of their prime pitching targets off the market, but the deal likely cranked up the price tag for Gerrit Cole.While Angels general manager Billy Eppler refused to say much about the team’s pitching pursuits, Manager Joe Maddon conceded that “the dominos are falling.”“We somehow have to grab some of those dominoes,” Maddon said during his media session on the first day of MLB’s Winter Meetings. Angels owner Arte Moreno is not in San Diego, according to Eppler, and his involvement in the offseason moves has been about the same as in past years.From Maddon’s perspective, Moreno is willing to do whatever he can to land Cole, who starred at Orange Lutheran and UCLA.“He’s committed,” Maddon said. “He’s not just saying that. He’s definitely all-in.”Maddon also spoke in glowing terms about his meeting with Cole, who he called “a different animal.”“He’s very bright,” Maddon said. “He’s very bright, and he’s not afraid to ask you a question. I think 29- and 30-year-olds today are different than 29- and 30-year-olds of 30 years ago. There’s an openness, and the questions are very frank, and they’re good. I was very good with all that.Related Articles Reports continue to paint the New York Yankees and Angels as the top suitors for Cole, with the Dodgers also lurking. There was also a wide-spread belief that Cole could make his decision within a few days, as Strasburg’s deal added some urgency to the market.It also raised the bar for Cole’s price tag.Strasburg, whose deal is worth $35 million per year, is two years older than Cole. He’s also been less durable over the past few years, and not as good the past two years.That prompted many in the industry to suggest that Cole would get a deal of eight or nine years, for more than $35 million a year. The total value is expected to exceed $300 million.So far the Angels have had multiple “ownership-level” meetings with agent Scott Boras about Cole, according to a source. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter “And he has definite ideas on what it takes to be successful, and it’s really apparent in his game also. This guy really knows what he wants to do and how he wants to do it, and what you see in the World Series was no joke and was not an accident. He was prepared to do that. So I really enjoyed the conversation. I really enjoyed his intellect. Hopefully, I’ll get to enjoy it more consistently every fourth or fifth day.”Maddon said the only two other free-agent pitchers that he spoke to were Strasburg and Zack Wheeler, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies late last week.If the Angels come up short on Cole, they could sign a free agent such as Madison Bumgarner or Hyun-Jin Ryu, or perhaps make a trade for a pitcher like Robbie Ray or José Quintana.“We do need more pitching,” Maddon said. “There’s no question. I’ll be the first one to tell you that. For us to compete on the level we want to this year, we have to get more innings out of our starting rotation, and you definitely have to augment the bullpen a little bit, although there are some really good arms out there.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Lasorda is in his 68th season with the Dodgers, serving as special advisor to the chairman after years as a player, scout, minor-league manager, major-league manager and even briefly as interim general manager. He managed the Dodgers from 1976-96, winning 1,599 regular-season games, four National League pennants and two World Series. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997, the usual five-year waiting period having been waived when heart problems forced Lasorda into retirement as manager. LOS ANGELES >> Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized for several days.Details of Lasorda’s illness are being kept private, but a number of Lasorda’s former players have been among those in contact with Lasorda, who has been in the intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital. Lasorda, 89, has a history of heart problems and was hospitalized following a heart attack as recently as 2012. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In a statement released by the team Saturday, the Dodgers said Lasorda was “resting comfortably” and appreciated all the support from fans.Lasorda has been hospitalized multiple times in the past year, including after a fall while attending a memorabilia show in Atlantic City last August and then again for 10 days with multiple issues in October. But he was released in time to attend Game 3 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium, where he received his usual ovation when introduced to the crowd.
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Since it is Labor Day weekend, I thought we would have some fun.I came up with this idea when I got a speeding ticket in this town the other day and was taking a jab at it, by naming it “Wannabe.” Can you guess what town it was? Derby. Derby is a Wichita Wannabe.So I have put together 20 nicknames of towns in the south-central Kansas area. These towns are within a 100 mile radius of Wichita. Place your answers below in the comment section using your real name. I’ll give you the number of answers you have right until we have a winner. The first person who can link all 20 nicknames with the real towns, will get not one but two Sumner Newscow T-shirts! I’ll give the explanations once someone wins the contest. Kind of like the Medallion Hunt.Good luck.Name that town!Example: Wannabe…. Derby.1. Gunsmoke…2. Grinning….3. Footballess….4. Drugstore….5. Crusader North….6. Bad boys….7. Sumner College….8. Sports owner….9. Thatcherville….10. Twin Towers….11. Boa Constrictor….12. Mobile park….13. Ewing Oil….14. No longer….15. Trophy City….16. Smallsville….17. Bessie….18. Brown….19. School suburbia….20. Fraction….Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 257 weeks ago Obviously, this contest has failed to capture the imagination of my readers. I may have to up the ante. Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down JustForFun · 257 weeks ago Crusaders north- buhler cursaders Sumner College- Arkansas City No Longer- Riverdale or Mayfield Ewing Oil-Blue mound Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Dee S · 257 weeks ago I’ll take a stab at one Fraction — Peck (one-fourth bushel_ Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Danville · 257 weeks ago Way to much work and time consuming to actually do Cue. But thatcherville has to be Danville. It would take 10 min to get threw spellcheck writing down the names lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 257 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
By The Nelson Daily SportsGranite Pointe’s Lauren Taylor didn’t shoot the greatest round but her Vikings still had a great day.Portland State rode the even-par round by Britney Yada to take a one-shot lead into day two of the Big Sky Conference Golf Championship Monday at the at Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, AZ.Portland State, the defending Big Sky Champs, finished the day with a 303 score, one stroke in front of Northern Arizona and Montana.Yada has a one-stroke lead over three players on the individual leaderboard. She made two birdies and two bogeys, firing nine-hole totals of 37 and 35 to complete the day at even par.Ashli Helstrom and Lauren Howell of Montana, and Bethany Leclair of NAU are all one shot back at 73.Meanwhile, Taylor, 19, and teammate Tiffany Schoning are among a group tied for 21st. Both shot 79 on Monday.The L.V. Rogers Bomber golfing grad went out in seven-over par 43, but rallied to shoot an even 36 on the back nine. The players tee off for round two at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and the same time Wednesday for the final round of the 54-hole tournament played on the 6,162-yard, par 72 Ocotillo Golf Resort layout.The winner of the tournament advances to an NCAA Regional on May 5-7, likely the West Regional at Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, WA.email@example.com
This news was confirmed this week by PNG Netball Federation president Julienne Leka who said the championships will be run by the Alotau Netball Association.“The week-long event will be held from September 21st -26th with the junior competition to be held from September 21st – 23rd. The senior Tournament will run from the 25th – 26th.Leka said that this year’s tournament is expected to be attended by all affiliated associations from the Southern, Momase and the New Guinea Islands regions. “This year’s championships will focus on the junior tournament with emphasis on the selection of a strong U21 training squad which will commence training in November after the championships in preparations for the 2017 World Youth Championships in Botswana, Africa.“PNG Netball would like to encourage all member associations attending this event to send its best and potential players who can make the U21 training squad,” said Leka.