AFL Academy will host regional championships, selecting up to 50 kids in each division for four regional teams.Pacific AFL development manager Ben Drew told Loop PNG that the Academy will host a two-day championship in Port Moresby starting today. Later they will travel to Lae to host Mamose junior carnival before visiting the Islands region, starting in Kavieng, Kimbe, back to Kokopo and then to Mt. Hagen for the Highlands region carnival.“The carnival is set to select the PNG junior squad for the upcoming national and international junior championships in 2017, selecting under 14 and 16 for both male (junior Binatangs) and females (junior Kurakums),” Drew said.“The carnival selection range is for the under 13 divisions where both male and female will make up the under 14 team, while the under 15 is for the under 16.”For the Southern region championship which started today, the Kerema AFL squad for the first time is fortunate to be part of the program, challenging the Port Moresby based teams sorted into colors Red, Yellow and Green.Fitness tests, including height and weight, agility, vertical jumps and 20m sprints, were given to assess individuals before the game.
Budget cuts. Infectious disease. Conflict of interest scandals. Bioterrorism. Just when the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) thought it had faced just about every conceivable problem, today a black bear (Ursus americanus) took shelter in one of the pine trees on its sprawling campus in Bethesda, Maryland.At about midday, NIH employees received an e-mail telling them about the bear (which apparently breached NIH’s security fence, built after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks). Local police, media, and animal control officials soon descended, according to media reports. Soon, Twitter was abuzz with bear reports and jokes.“OMG the bear is at NIH! 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I’m Senior Faculty here to grumble about funding lines!!” came a tweet from the account, suspiciously also marked “@NIHDirector.”“It’s summertime. I need to fatten up,” read another @NIH_Bear dispatch. “Please send more junior investigators. #yum.”“Who among you has not, when funding decisions weren’t going your way, climbed a tree on the @NIH campus and eaten a librarian?” @NIH_Bear asked.“I want Collins, in a scuba-suit, with an R01 and a budget-cap waiver,” @NIH_Bear demanded at one point. (Francis Collins is NIH’s director; an R01 is the agency’s bread-and-butter grant.)After local media reported that officials were firing fireworks to scare the bear out of the tree, and considering using tranquilizing darts, @DigitalDistrict had this very inside-the-beltway suggestion: “Instead of tranqs, just hold a 2 hour budget meeting underneath the tree. Guaranteed sedation.”The bear had been tranquilized and was awaiting transport off the NIH campus as this item went to press.Black bears have become increasingly frequent visitors to the Washington, D.C., suburbs, where NIH is located, as a result of booming populations.(Video courtesy of WJLA)