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Power lifting champ Linda Paulson is PNG flag bearer

first_imgIn the team farewell ceremony last night at the Murray Barracks oval, the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was handed the flag by the representative guards of the Royal Pacific Islands Regiment following which he announced the flag bearer and handed over the flag to Paulson to carry.When announcing the flag bearer, mistress of ceremony Ellie Webb said that the chosen athlete embodied all that was good about the team and embodied sporting abilities and achievements and would  proudly represent the nation and lead Team PNG in the opening ceremony.Webb says that Paulson was a humble athlete who was committed and displayed the virtues of honesty and an example of what sports could do for people.She says that Paulson was a dedicated member of the athletes commission and was now a senior athlete who had represented PNG on the international stage with distinction.Recently being a world record holder and gold medalist, she is a three times gold medalist at the Pacific Games with aims to bag another gold in front of the home crowd.Speaking to Loop PNG after the announcement an emotional Paulson says that she was humbled and touched by the choice for her to carry the flag and lead the home contingent into the opening ceremony.She says that she was also excited and wished all her team mates a good Games, adding that they must perform and give the visitors a good fight as they were competing on home soil.In the flag handover ceremony, the military guards marched on with the PNG flag and handed it to their Commander in Chief, the Prime Minister who in turn handed it to Paulson.last_img read more

AirAsia flight QZ8501 update

first_imgThe search and rescue efforts led by The National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) Republic of Indonesia have continued this morning as there was an ease in weather conditions.The AirAsia Airbus A320-200, carrying 155 passengers and seven crew members, which vanished off radars 40 minutes after takeoff on December 28 and then crashed into the Java Sea, has left the world in shock.Now entering the eighth day of the mission, the search operation area was expanded to the east part of the Java Sea following the underwater current forecast.In addition, more than 80 deep sea divers have been deployed in order to get a visual confirmation on two large objects which are suspected to be part of the aircraft’s fuselage, and the aircraft’s blackbox.BASARNAS recovered four more remains today as well as debris such as the emergency exit window, luggage, passenger seats and survival kits, which are believed to be from the aircraft.Meanwhile in Surabaya, The Disaster Victim Identification Police Department of Republic of Indonesia (DVI POLRI) have made steady progress in identifying some of the remains found.To date, BASARNAS confirmed to have recovered 34 remains, of which nine remains have been identified by the DVI POLRI with 25 remains awaiting identification.The priority of the search is now on deep sea diving in the area where the aircraft body is said to be located, the mission will be supported by China, who will be focusing on the blackbox search.AirAsia would like to urge the public seeking progress on the search and evacuation and identification process of QZ8501 passengers to refer solely to official information from BASARNAS and DVI POLRI.Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ 8501.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img read more