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Four teams gear up for battle of Digicel Cup finals

May 26, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: nibtjzsrs.

first_imgIn the other pool is the battle of the big cats which sees the minor premiers Lae Snax Tigers taking on the TNA Lions of Simbu at Dickson Oval in Kundiawa. After the 30th August  two teams will make the final cut, booking a grand final ticket to Port Moresby for the final show down.Agmark Gurias boast a youthful team blended with old and experienced players Albert Patak,Pidi Tongap, Nelson Daplen and Bradley Simon.The experienced  players will be relied on to lead the young pack as they attempt to avenge their 2014 Grand Final loss in Lae last year. The team is  under the watchful eyes of upcoming coach Steven Nightingale.Hela Wigmen  is an experienced team with the services of Kewa Kili, Joshaia Abavu, Larson Marabe and Nickson Kola.The older players will also be relied on  to lead the up coming players in the ranks. After taking out the 2014 Digicel Cup in Lae, the Wigmen  will want to go on a back to back premiership.But with  Gurias’  home crowd advantage they will have to play smarter and harder. They are under the watchful eyes of Joseph Omai as their coach.Lae Snax Tigers have had another good season taking out the minor premiers title for the second time. However they have to travel up to Simbu to take on the TNA Lions.Will the leadership  of experienced  players such as David “Lokomotion’’ Loko, electrifying winger Robert Vuia jnr, Hunters reject Noel Joel and Kot Keruwa they will be making sure this season 2015 does not slip out of their hands again. The Stanley Tepen coached side is one win away from the Grand Final.T NA Lions are the  dark horses this year playing a simple brand of rugby. They have been the 2015 surprise pack of unknown talents under the leadership  of experienced players such as Mathew Puke and under the management  of TNA franchise owner Philip Gerard.They are hard to beat on home soil this year,  beating teams narrowly throughout the season at Dickson Oval. With complaints coming in from other franchises of rowdy supporters, it must be controlled for a fair semi finals show down.With home crowd advantage  on the side of Agmark Gurias and TNA Lions they are tipped to run home to Grand Final Day. However finals football is a different ball game so the teams with fewer mistakes, less ball handling errors, good hard tackles and strong defence will come out winners.Agmark Gurias vs Hela Wigmen -Kokopo Kalabond Field.Lae Snax Tigers vs T NA Lions-Kundiawa , Dickson Oval.last_img read more

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Trumps choice for interior gets mixed reviews

July 20, 2019 | By admin | Comments Off on Trumps choice for interior gets mixed reviews | Filed in: Uncategorized.

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At the same time, he’s an ally of the fossil fuel industry who has railed against limits set by the Obama administration on coal mining and oil and gas drilling on those same federal holdings. Zinke has also questioned the science behind climate change.Zinke’s mix of positions makes him a less ideologically rigid Cabinet pick than several others expected to play a significant role in environmental issues, says Jeff Ruch, executive director of the Washington, D.C.–based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. He contrasts Zinke with the choice of former Texas Governor Rick Perry as energy secretary and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. “This guy is not doctrinaire or antithetical to the continued existence of his agency,” Ruch says. “So this is significant.” Emailcenter_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The Trump transition team hasn’t formally announced the job offer, and Zinke has yet to make any official statement.As interior secretary, the 55-year-old Zinke would be in a key position to shape policy on hotly contested environmental issues. The post oversees more than 200 million hectares of federal land, including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which controls the bulk of the public leases for coal, oil, and natural gas extraction. Much of the nation’s protected wilderness, from national parks to national monuments, would be under his purview. So would the government’s handling of many endangered species through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.A former Navy Seal commander with an undergraduate degree in geology from the University of Oregon in Eugene, Zinke was a senator in the Montana state legislature from 2009 to 2011. He won the state’s lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 and was reelected by a 15-point margin last month.In Congress, Zinke has allied himself with conservation groups on some issues related to protecting federal lands. He supported permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses royalties from offshore oil drilling to fund conservation programs. And he has split with some of his fellow Western state conservatives by resisting calls to turn federal lands over to state and local control. In July, he resigned from the Republican platform committee because the platform called for turning over some federal lands to the states.“Quite frankly, most Republicans don’t agree with it and most Montanans don’t agree with it,” Zinke told the Billings Gazette at the time. “What we do agree on is better management.”That stance has won praise from conservation groups ranging from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and other hunting advocates to the Montana Wildlife Federation (MWF). “He’s certainly broken with some of the ideological doctrine on those issue, and I think he’s done a better job reflecting the interests of people in Montana to keep these lands managed by the federal government,” says Dave Chadwick, MWF’s executive director in Helena.But Zinke has clashed with the Obama administration on policies related to the energy industry. He has criticized BLM regulations to revive sage grouse populations in the West, arguing the states should have control instead. Sage grouse habitat overlaps with oil and gas fields, raising concerns that protections will restrict drilling. He has opposed Interior Department rules finalized in mid-November that clamp down on methane releases from oil and gas operations, and pushed legislation easing a moratorium on federal coal mining leases. He has also spoken in favor of the recently rejected Keystone XL pipeline.Alan Olson, executive director of the Montana Petroleum Association in Helena, thinks Zinke’s appointment signals potential relief from recent restrictions on his industry. He hopes the department will be more open to accepting state standards regulating oil and gas extraction with Zinke at the helm. “He’ll sit back for a minute and he’ll look at what’s already being done now [and ask], ‘Why do we need additional federal rules?’” says Olson, who served with Zinke in the Montana Senate.For some environmentalists, Zinke’s alliance with the oil and gas industry tarnishes his conservation credentials. “Zinke loves oil and gas and coal. And he has completely changed his tune on climate change as his ambition has risen,” says Anne Hedges, deputy director of the Montana Environmental Information Center in Helena.In 2010, he signed a letter to President Obama urging him to pursue comprehensive clean energy and climate change legislation, and warning that states faced “steep costs due to the risks associated with climate change.” But once he decided to seek statewide office, Hedges says, Zinke’s “moderate” views hardened. In a 2014 debate, for example, The Montana Standard newspaper quoted him saying that climate change is “not a hoax, but it’s not proven science either. … You don’t dismantle America’s power and energy on a maybe. We need to be energy independent first. We need to do it better, which we can, but it is not a settled science.”last_img read more

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