More than 20 teams are taking part in the tournament in the Under 21 and senior divisions.These include visiting teams from as far as Hula, Mekeo, Porebada, Boera and Lealea from Central and teams from National Capital District such as Moukele, Kauka and Hillside Gerehu, Hanuabada and Vabukori.The tournament began today with the U21 competition while the senior competition will begin next week.Tournament director Dabu Anton welcomed the teams into Tatana and encouraged all teams to carefully observe all rules and regulations of the tournament and enjoy the games.Anton urged all players and officials of teams to respect the referees and match officials during the games.“Let us all enjoy the game we love in the true spirit of sportsmanship and allow us to make friends with players from other villages or communities,” he said.There’s a cash prize of about K25,000 to be shared among the winners.The tournament was officially launched by Moresby Northwest member and Health Minister Michael Malabag.Official sponsors Nick and Bonnie Allan donated K10,000 to run this year’s competition.
This week, the New York Times published a helpful guide on how freelancers can create their own parental and maternity leave. Freelancers Union’s Executive Director Caitlin Pearce was among the five contributors, who outlined where the laws help, where more work is needed, and how independent workers can carve out leave in the meantime. While accessing leave is tough even for full-timers, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act does not cover freelancers. Certain states — including New York and California — do offer their own programs, but investigating those options, devising a financial plan, and coming up with a transition strategy is rife with challenges for new freelance parents.Among the hurdles is that intermittent or unpredictable incomes can make saving prior to taking leave difficult to impossible, and that federal anti-discrimination laws, like the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, also don’t extend to freelancers. That said, there are strategies that freelancers can use. On managing cash flow and client expectations, Caitlin advised keeping the lines of communication open: “Communicate that that plan may be subject to change, but that you are planning to come back to work if that’s the case and that this is how you expect to navigate your leave,” she said. Read more here.