The ten U16 PNG Binatangs who were selected to form Team South Pacific are getting intensive training to prepare for the National U16 championships at Australia’s Gold Coast. The annual championship will be held from July 5-14 bringing the best footy players from around Australia and the South Pacific region.The PNG boys were selected by AFL Queensland along with 15 other highly skilled athletes from New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, Nauru and Vanuatu boys.Selection of the team was made during the recent South Pacific Cup that was held in Coffs Harbour, Australia. PNG’s U16 Coca-Cola Binatangs retained the title for the second consecutive year.AFL Pacific development officer and coach of the South Pacific team, Ben Drew confirmed that all the players will be training in their respective countries and provinces here in PNG.Drew said they were given a training program from the South Pacific coaching panel to prepare well before travelling to Australia in July.“Each of the players was given a fitness regime to help them in areas that need improvement.“They know their strengths and weaknesses and the training program is a guide to help them to keep improving their skills.“What we want them to focus on is to keep improving their kicking, marking and handballing.“Even areas of contact skills, defence, forward, ruck and midfield strategies need to be maintained and improved every day,” he said.Drew said it’s not a massive fitness regime but enough to help them improve their skill work and physical fitness.Drew said earlier that the players will have to familiarise themselves with each other’s game and learn how to communicate well on the field because that’s very important.The trip to the Gold Coast includes a pre-tour training from July 5-7, high performance camp with the actual championship starting on the July 7-14.
Unemployment,Initial Jobless Claims Jump to 372K to End 2012 Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Confidence Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2013-01-03 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology January 3, 2013 406 Views Share First-time claims for unemployment insurance rose 10,000 to 372,000 for the week ending December 29, the third-lowest level of the year, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2013/010313.asp reported Thursday. Economists expected claims to increase to 363,000. [IMAGE]The previous week’s report was revised upward to 362,000 from the originally reported 350,000, an unusually large revision but reflective of intervening holidays, during which state processing offices were closed.Continuing claims–reported on a one-week lag–shot up 44,000 to 3,245,000 for the week ending December 22. The previous week’s initial report of 3,206,000 continuing claims was revised downward to 3,201,000. The continuing claims data series tracks the number of longer term unemployed who qualify for regular state jobless benefits. The report closed the books on claims data for 2012, when weekly initial claims filings averaged 370,076, the lowest since 2007 (when initial claims filings averaged 320,750 per week). In 2009, the average number of new unemployment insurance claims filed each week was 574,173.This week’s report will have no impact on Friday├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ós monthly Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which is expected to show the unemployment rate crept up to 7.8 percent in December from 7.7 percent in November.Payroll processing firm “”ADP””:http://www.adp.com/ reported Thursday–just ahead of the initial claims data–the private sector added 215,000 jobs in December, up from a revised 148,000 in November and ahead of economists├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔÇ×┬ó forecasts of a gain of 150,000 jobs.The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 15 was 5,402,987, a decrease of 68,727 from the previous week. There were 7,223,309 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011. Extended Benefits were not available in any state during the week ending December 15. The Labor Department said reported 2,065,706 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 15, a decrease of 30,537 from the prior week. There were 2,932,561 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.Both the extended and emergency benefit programs were tied up in the “”fiscal cliff”” negotiations and would expire next Tuesday without congressional action.According to the BLS, unemployment was 12,029,000 in November, which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 6.81 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, up from 6.39 million one week earlier.States have been borrowing from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of December 31, 20 states have an aggregate $27.1 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls, up from $26.9 billion one week earlier. California accounted for 37.9 percent of the borrowing.According to the Labor Department detail (also reported on a one-week lag) the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 22 were in Ohio (+8,795), Michigan (+6,641), Pennsylvania (+5,530), Kentucky (+4,745), and Massachusetts (+4,330), while the largest decreases were in California (-11,789), West Virginia (-473), Florida (-450), Arizona (-192) and South Dakota (-186)._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 8:45 a.m. Eastern time._