Pacific MMI to cover Team PNG’s travel insurance

first_imgThe sponsorship will also cover the PNG Olympic committees’ insurance needs.Managing director of PMMI Wayne Dorgan officially announce the sponsorship today at the PMMI conference room in Port Moresby saying that PMMI is proud to support team PNG with their travel insurances to give them final accreditation to the Olympics“Basically PMMI is providing travel cover insurances and liability to support the side going away,” Dorgan said.PNG Olympic Committee chairman of fundraising Syd Yates thank PMMI for the support and urge that the PMMI has been a great partner over the years and hope that will continue with the relationship from time to time in other events.Team PNG’s Chef de Mission to Rio Emma Waiwai also thanked PMMI for the important aspect of team PNG’s engagement in international events for having their back covered.Rio bound PNG athletes including Ryaan Pini (swimming), Thadius Katua (Boxing), Raymond Ovinou (Judo) , Maxemillion Kassman and Samantha Kassman (Taekwondo), Morea Baru (weightlifting), Toea Wisil and Theo Piniau (athletics) now have full accreditation to travel and take part in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympicslast_img read more

Are kangaroos lefthanded

first_imgThe number of known lefties in the world may have just grown by leaps and bounds. After observing kangaroos in the wild in Tasmania and continental Australia, researchers have concluded that bipedal marsupials—ones that prefer to hop on their hind legs—may be left-handed. Eastern gray kangaroos (Macropus giganteus, seen above) and red kangaroos (Macropus rufus) in particular appear to show a preference for their left forelimbs when doing everyday tasks such as grooming and grazing, scientists report online today in Current Biology. A number of other studies have investigated the trait in great apes, but “true” handedness—the consistent preference for one hand at the population level across a wide range of behaviors—is thought to be unique to humans. Using a special assessment scale of handedness adapted for primates, the study is the first to investigate it in wild bipedal kangaroos. Research on quadrupedal marsupials such as the gray short-tailed opossum and the sugar glider has mostly failed to show handedness, lending support to the idea that the evolution of bipedalism among marsupials and primates could have led to the trait, the researchers say. Although hand dominance—either left or right—in humans is thought to be related to brain asymmetry, its exact underpinnings are still not well understood. Similar asymmetry has yet to be found in marsupials. Further research may be needed to determine whether marsupial southpaws, like their human counterparts, also struggle with smudged notes and poorly designed spiral-bound notebooks.last_img read more