0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyShow all comments (6)Darren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend5 years agoWho are the management team in charge of UK Games Fund?That is an unknown atm, but it would be very interesting to see who does get the role. 5 years ago Here’s a link to those wanting more. http://ukgamesfund.com/ Edited 1 times. Last edit by George Williams on 12th October 2015 9:56am 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyDarren Adams Managing Director, ChaosTrend5 years ago This is good news of course, but I do wonder how they are going to set this up. One of the main bugbears of grant funding as I have found out is defraying; you usually have to spend all the money first, before you can put in to get anything back. I always thought it would have been better to have it in tranches on a milestone type system.But until they give further details on how it will actually work, I do hope they factor in the smaller companies and a think of a good way to help them take advantage of the fund. UK government’s Games Prototype Fund launches today£4 million to be distributed to studios over next four yearsDan PearsonMonday 12th October 2015Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareRelated JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The UK’s Video Games Prototype Fund, which will allocated a total of £4 million in £25,000 grants over the next four years, launched today, taking over from the Abertay fund to help small and new studios turn ideas into working prototypes to take to the next stage of funding. The cash injection was announced as part of the UK government budget earlier this year and will also include access to mentoring and skills management alongside the direct funding. The fund will be managed by the UK Games Talent and Finance CIC, which was involved in GamesIndustry.biz’ GI Investment Summit at EGX in Birmingham last month. “We lobbied for this kind of support and we are pleased to see the Fund launch,” said UKIE CEO Dr Jo Twist. “It has enormous potential for the future of the UK games industry. Access to finance has been an on-going challenge for small and micro games businesses, and the financial support of the fund, as well as the mentoring opportunities that are provided, will open doors to a huge amount of unearthed games talent in the UK. Ukie is really proud to continue to support this project. It is one more step towards the UK becoming a world leader in games development.”Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesCEO says Paradox “can do better” as Q1 profits plummet”We are not satisfied with the quarter,” CEO Ebba Ljungerud saidBy Marie Dealessandri 18 hours agoStarbreeze’s Q1 losses shrink 95% to $505,000New CEO Tobias Sjögren says “the road ahead is clear” as Payday 3 is fully funded By James Batchelor 18 hours agoLatest comments (6)George Williams Owner Edited 1 times. Last edit by Darren Adams on 12th October 2015 12:55pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyMartin Darby Design Director, Strike Gamelabs5 years ago Who are the management team in charge of UK Games Fund? 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyTom Pickard Founder and Creative Director, Knifey Spoonie Games5 years ago At the Gi.biz investment summit Paul Durrant gave a short talk on the upcoming fund, it seems very interesting, one I’m keeping my eyes on as a small studio. 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replyAnthony Gowland Director, Ant Workshop5 years ago It’s Paul Durrant, according to TIGA’s press releasehttp://www.tiga.org/news/press-releases/new-4m-prototype-fund-is-another-arrow-in-the-quiver-for-the-uk-video-games-industry0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.
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I made one special effort to inspire my children when the eldest was midway through high school: I decided to pursue a master’s degree in history part time to show the kids how much I valued learning. That would show leadership, I decided.Here’s how that flopped: It took me seven years to finish my coursework and a thesis. By that time, one daughter had graduated college, my son was a senior and they gleefully lampooned me at every turn for my computer failings and for my outsized passion for my obscure thesis topic.The success my children enjoy may be more due to the influence of their mother, the oldest of seven children herself, who grew up as the drill sergeant in her family and who assumed that role as a mom.We have four children, each born two years apart. They graduated college in order and married in order. Boom, boom, boom, boom. There’s a certain regularity to our family existence. So here’s my headcount, approaching Father’s Day:I have one wife, one son, three daughters and nothing but good luck with my children.And if I’m wholly honest, I’m not sure how much I had to do with the children’s success. I might’ve been nothing more than a most fortunate spectator. You get one shot at being a dad and it went by in a blur: baptisms and first communions, softball games and chess tournaments, school plays and art shows. And then they’re gone. Father’s Day’s a great occasion for goofy cards — there’s no mush in this family — and long-distance phone calls. One of these is from me to my own Dad, now 86 and living 1,800 miles away. I can barely keep watch over him.The other calls are from the kids to me: They’ve scattered somewhat but all lead meaningful lives. When they need real guidance they ask their mom; I’m just here for comic relief.Oh, I was good for special trips and coaching and driving to cross-country meets. As my father-in-law used to say, “I just drive the car and pay the bills.” Except, in our house, my wife pays the bills. All four graduated the same public high school in northeastern Louisiana and, when the last graduated, their principal told us, “I’ve never met four more different kids.”He may have been right.They majored in Latin, engineering, modern languages and studio art. All the liberal arts kids are gainfully employed, at which I still marvel. I thought they’d live in our basement. The engineer is working in Thailand, which keeps me from meddling in my grandchildren’s lives. So far.But 35 years of fatherhood has taught me a thing or two, including:The four children are different because we let them be different. They usually found their own way.Their successes are their own. I tried to do the right things for them, but, bottom line, they did the right things themselves. Good for them.Family is forever: When the kids and their spouses are together, I sometimes back out of the mix so they can form stronger bonds among themselves, four family units that will be here, devoted to each other, long after my wife and I are dust.Don’t look to be honored on Father’s Day. Revel in the joy of being a father; the pleasure is all yours.Father Theodore Hesburgh, former Notre Dame president, said, “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”I did that. Every day. Still do.Ken Stickney is editor of The Port Arthur News.
by Anne Galloway April 16, 2013 vtdigger.org Senator Jane Kitchel’ s triple-layer maple cake with boiled icing and Danville butternuts wasn’ t enough to sweeten the mood in Senate Appropriations on Monday.Kitchel, who is renowned for her confections (she was the chief cake baker for the Creamery Restaurant for many years), is also the chef de la maison in the Statehouse for the complicated recipe otherwise known as the Big Bill.Most years by the time Kitchel gets the state cake after the annual pass-off from the governor’ s office to House Appropriations to the Senate, her job often amounts to icing the layers.No such luck this session. Kitchel is ready, thanks in part to the substitutions proposed by the House, to start from scratch on some parts of the $5.2 billion state budget, and members of her committee are following her lead. Kitchel is especially critical of the administration’ s 69 new positions in the budget and she told senators on Monday that she is proceeding on the premise that none of the state jobs are necessary until they are proven otherwise.This do-over mentality in the Senate’ s most powerful committee spurred the Shumlin administration to do something out of the ordinary on Monday. Instead of simply sending Kitchel et al. a memo outlining the governor’ s position on the House version of the budget, officials came to the committee, with memos and spreadsheets in hand, to explain what can only be described as a compromise proposal.Though Gov. Peter Shumlin found not much to like in the House spending plans, especially the accompanying revenue bill that raises $27 million in new taxes next year and $32 million the following year, he has capitulated on several items that lawmakers have heavily criticized.To wit: That $17 million tax on break-open tickets that lawmakers openly ridiculed the day of the governor’ s budget address? Now reduced to $6.2 million, based on a 6 percent tax rate instead of 10 percent. (The House proposal gives pickle card tax an honorable mention and pencils in $700,000; the Joint Fiscal Office estimates for the tax were $6.5 million ‘ at the 10 percent rate.)Shumlin’ s $17 million transfer of Earned Income Tax Credit dollars for low-income Vermonters (a two-thirds cut in the program) to child-care subsidies has been reduced to $12 million. The administration has revised the calculation for EITC ‘ it will not reduce the credit for families with three or more dependents, and the rate of the the reduction for people with no dependents would be 11 percent, Spaulding said. The average cut would be about 12 percent.The message as delivered, however, was not in the spirit of compromise, but in the tone of an executive branch issuing orders.Jeb Spaulding, secretary of the Agency of Administration, chastised the House for raising new taxes that, in his view, are ‘ unwise and unnecessary.’ His evidence was anecdotal. He ‘ doesn’ t know anyone,’ he said, who is bucking for tax increases.Instead, the administration proposes to balance the budget without raising broad-based taxes, i.e., income, sales and rooms and meals by using $55 million in one-time monies (which will not be available next year, hence the projected $50 million gap for fiscal year 2015), and to pay for program expansions such as the Low Income Heating Assistance Program ($6 million) with the break-open ticket tax and child-care subsidies with EITC.Spaulding warned senators repeatedly that the governor would tolerate ‘ no new taxes,’ and said the administration rejected all of the House tax proposals, including the elimination of a sales tax exemption on soda, candy, bottled water, vending machine food, supplements and vitamins and purchases of clothing of $110 or more. Shumlin also vehemently objects to the itemized deduction cap, a 0.5 percent increase in the meals tax and an increase in tobacco taxes.There is, however, a tax increase in the governor’ s new and improved plan. Spaulding told senators the administration proposes a new tiered bank franchise tax on the state’ s five big banks ‘ Keybank, People’ s, Merchants, Citizens and TD Banknorth ‘ and that would bring in about $2.4 million and cover the cost of making the so-called ‘ cloud tax’ moratorium, a sales tax exemption on downloaded software, a permanent fixture of the state’ s tax code.The governor is wedded to his EITC proposal and will not consider any other source of funding for child-care subsidies, Spaulding said, no matter how much money is directed toward the program.The administration is also maintaining that the Legislature must also support a Reach Up cap that would go into effect Oct. 1 and save the state $4.2 million next year. Any ‘ unrealized’ savings would be absorbed by the Agency of Human Services, Spaulding said. The House booked no savings for the program in fiscal year 2014 and passed a version of the caps that opponents say are so lenient as to be practically meaningless.Repeal of the $15 million employer assessment? Forget about it. Spaulding told lawmakers they’ d need that money next year to pay for state health care programs.The House proposal for $9 million reserves in the event of more federal cuts? No reason to raise taxes in Spaulding’ s view. The state, he said, cannot afford to ‘ backfill’ reductions in federal spending for programs. The $2.5 million the administration sets aside for the General Fund budget stabilization fund is enough, he said.The reception from the senators on the Appropriations committee was chilly. They questioned every aspect of the proposal. Sen. Dick Sears, D-Bennington, said he remained skeptical about the break-open tickets estimates. The Reach Up and EITC proposals generated criticism from Sen. Sally Fox, D-Chittenden, who questioned whether the administration was really addressing the child-care ‘ cliff,’ which she believes the House addressed by including $3.3 million for additional child-care subsidies. Kitchel, for her part, is committed to ‘ scrubbing the budget,’ to ensure that state agencies are being accountable to taxpayers.Senate Appropriations is expected to advance its budget bill out of committee this Friday.
Rep. Brett ParkerEach legislative session, we provide the Shawnee Mission area’s elected officials with the chance to share their thoughts about what’s happening in the state capitol. Rep. Brett Parker, Rep. Cindy Neighbor and Sen. Dinah Sykes were scheduled to send updates this week. (Rep. Neighbor has not responded to any of our invitations to participate in Capitol Update).Here’s Rep. Parker’s filing:August 2016 saw a wave of moderate successes in the Republican primaries. November 2016 saw Kansas Democrats pick up more House seats than any other state in the nation. As one of those winning candidates, I was heartened by the successes on both nights as I imagined governing in the new bipartisan, common sense majority. As citizens or legislators, those of us who watched state house dysfunction under the Speaker Ray Merrick and Senate President Susan Wagle awaited a legislative process where good ideas received hearings and votes rather than being hidden from the light of day.Fast forward to March 2018. Wagle is still Senate President. Brownback-era budget committee chair Ron Ryckman is now Speaker of the House. Medicaid expansion can’t get a hearing in its House committee and Senate GOP leadership are refusing to let it be voted on in their chamber. Transparency legislation remains largely un-acted upon. Perhaps most pressing of all, we inch closer and closer to a Supreme Court deadline on school finance with no work to show. Even good ideas that manage their way through a chamber, like the restoration of due process for teachers, must navigate an endless series of attempts at obstruction.This is not to say we are without progress. The partial repeal of the failed Brownback tax experiment last session was a heavy lift only made possible by the wave of electoral successes in 2016. With a less extreme administration, Medicaid expansion would be a life saving, bipartisan success. But with bipartisan majorities in both House and Senate who ran on leaving ideology behind, why do so many good ideas get derailed?This is where our Schoolhouse Rock understanding of legislating fails us. Though a majority vote on a bill will pass it, only a few people determine which bills get voted on. Both in committees and on the floor of the House and Senate, a single legislator with the power can stifle good ideas. Control of the schedule and calendar is what allows a few people to prevent real discussion on a school finance solution or to stifle the progress of transparency policies.It doesn’t have to work this way. Though it is probably too late for a significant change in the process this year, we can lay the groundwork for a better legislative process for decades to come. If a similar bipartisan, common sense majority still exists in the House after the elections this August and November, the both the House and Senate can do two things to make the legislature work for mainstream Kansans.First, we should change the House and Senate rules to allow committees to elect their own leadership. Committee chairs are currently only accountable to the House Speaker or Senate President. Bills with the support of committee members are frequently ignored if the chair, Speaker, or Senate President disagrees. By electing their own leadership, committees would likely end up with centrist chairs who must run their committees in a fair way. Second, the House should elect a coalition Speaker and the Senate a coalition President. Currently the majority party votes on their nominee for Speaker or President in their caucus. No matter which candidate each backed in caucus, all agree to back the winner on the official vote with the whole chamber. This makes the vote of the minority party irrelevant and results in leadership much more extreme than the legislature as a whole. By breaking from this tradition, our bipartisan majority could elect a Speaker and Senate President accountable to more than than own party. We would have leadership that represents Kansas, not just one faction. Kansans elected a wave of pragmatic legislators who want to work together. It is time our leadership and legislative process reflects that.If you have questions about this article or anything else going on in Topeka, don’t hesitate to reach me at [email protected]
Mark StappArizona Advisory Board Member, Urban Land Institute ; Executive Director, Masters of Real Estate Development; Fred E. Taylor Professor of Real Estate, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State UniversityThe use of incentives has become a routine issue in economic and real estate development and their use to attract desired projects such as Tesla or Apple is frequently questioned. Often, people ask if officials are simply helping private parties make bigger profits at the expense of the general public. This is a legitimate question.Government has several roles in controlling behavior of market participants – one is to restrict or control by regulation and another is to incentivize. Markets prefer incentives. Incentives are many things, but they need to be used to implement public policy and not just to secure development of disparate projects. They should be tied to where we want to go and what we want to be as a community. This implies a need for a vision or a brand. It’s too broad to say, without a brand, we want a skilled workforce, quality transportation infrastructure, quality places to live, a wide range of housing, a favorable business climate, quality education and other considerations. What are the critical economic drivers that will make us a player in a dynamic global economy? Answering that question helps us create a brand and that is how we should define incentives and how to apply them. This will also help create a trust earned when public officials are clear about the purpose of, and approach to, incentives — and are transparent in their granting and reporting of results that are used to achieve brand promise.It is critical to monitor the effectiveness of an incentive program and to do this transparently. This is about outcomes. One of those outcomes is impact on the area, neighborhood and overall community. Not just answering the question “did the project work?” but did it have the desired impact?Remember it is not City/Town Councils, Planning and Zoning Commissions or neighborhood groups that build communities – it’s private developers. Incentives are an important part of shaping growth but they need to be looked at in the context of community investment and creating a desired place and focusing the development community to help deliver a brand promise.
Another prestigious award came for the film “Dubrovnik & Time” from Poland, with the 11th FilmAT – Film, Art & Tourism Festival Poland, which is one of the most important film festivals in the field of tourism, ecology and art in the world.The promotional tourist film DUBROVNIK & TIME has won as many as eight important awards since its presentation at the beginning of March. The last one was awarded to him in the Polish city of Lublin, at the eleventh FilmAT festival as the best short (less than 5 minutes) promotional film about the city. The screening of the film “Dubrovnik & Time” arouses the enthusiasm of the viewers with each screening, and the confirmation of its quality has so far won important awards at international film festivals.DUBROVNIK TOURISM 2016 from Readmore Films on Vimeo.
Physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital today reported the first documented healthcare transmission of bacteria harboring the MCR-1 gene in the United States.In a case study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the physicians report that two patients at the hospital had highly related MCR-1–positive Klebsiella pneumoniae samples isolated from clinical cultures, and that the transmission of the multidrug-resistant bacteria between the two patients is linked to shared exposure to a duodenoscope—a medical device used to diagnose and treat digestive tract issues. An epidemiologic investigation identified no other avenues of transmission.The case highlights continuing problems with duodenoscopes, which have been implicated in superbug outbreaks in the United States and Europe in recent years. Because of complex designs, the devices have been found to harbor dangerous bacteria that can be transmitted to other patients, even after being properly cleaned. While device manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have made efforts improve duodenoscope safety, the issues have persisted.The authors of the report say the case also shows why routine testing for colistin resistance is needed. The mobile MCR-1 gene confers resistance to the last-resort antibiotic, which is being increasingly used to treat multidrug-resistant infections. The spread of MCR-1 into already multidrug-resistant pathogens like carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) could make those pathogens impossible to treat.Case identification and investigationThe investigation was initiated in April 2017, when physicians at the hospital identified colistin-resistant K pneumoniae in a patient who had undergone endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) using a duodenoscope. In the procedure, physicians thread the long, flexible tube with a light and camera at the end through the throat and stomach and into the top of the small intestine to examine the inside of the digestive system and treat problems with fluid drainage. ERCP is typically performed when a patient’s bile or pancreatic ducts have become narrowed or blocked.After antibiotic susceptibility testing found that the bacteria were resistant to colistin, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the presence of MCR-1 and other resistance genes. Prior to the investigation, MCR-1 had not been identified at the hospital.A few weeks later, a second patient who had undergone ERCP was identified as carrying colistin-resistant K pneumoniae, and PCR testing of the bacteria also confirmed the presence of MCR-1 and additional resistance genes. Further molecular analysis of isolates from both patients showed that they were very closely related, suggesting transmission between the two patients.Interviews with the index patient revealed that he had visited multiple Caribbean islands 4 months before admission. Because other previous MCR-1 patients in the United States have also reported Caribbean travel, that could explain how the patient acquired the gene. But the second patient had no documented travel outside of the United States, or any recent hospitalizations, and the two patients did not share healthcare providers. Furthermore, tests of rectal swab samples from household contacts of both patients and other patients at the hospital were all negative for colistin resistance and MCR-1.That left the duodenoscope, which was used in both procedures and had been thoroughly cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions, as the likely culprit. Testing of the device at the CDC detected the presence of K pneumoniae and Escherichia coli bacteria, though none of the samples tested positive for MCR-1 or any of the other resistance genes found in the patients’ isolates. In addition, further investigation by the manufacturer, Pentax Medical, found that adhesive on a cap at the tip of the device had peeled off, allowing bodily fluids to get into a sealed area that can’t be cleaned.Persistent issues with duodenoscopesThe authors of the report say the case illustrates that efforts to improve the safety of duodenoscopes, which are used in more than 500,000 ERCP procedures in the United States each year, have not solved the problem.In the wake of a handful of outbreaks of drug-resistant bacteria that were linked to use of duodenoscopes, including a January 2015 CRE outbreak that resulted in two deaths at a Los Angeles hospital, the FDA in 2015 issued a safety communication warning that the design of the devices may impede effective cleaning. Duodenoscope manufacturers subsequently updated cleaning instructions, and the FDA provided details on supplementary cleaning measures.Pentax Medical updated cleaning instructions for the particular device in this case—the ED-3940TK duodenoscope—in 2016. But problems remained.”Although the manufacturer’s updated processing instructions and FDA-issued supplemental measures were used, the duodenoscope was persistently contaminated with enteric bacteria, most likely due to a distal cap defect that allowed material to penetrate a sealed area inaccessible to cleaning,” they write.Furthermore, the authors argue, guidance issued by Pentax and the FDA in January 2017 to notify customers of potential problems with the distal end cap was of limited use. The guidance recommended that hospitals inspect the adhesive binding on the cap for damage and to stop using devices that showed any problems, but experts at the hospital and the CDC couldn’t find any damage on the device that was used on the two patients. This indicates that, in practice, “it is difficult for even experienced users to identify subtle defects in these complex devices.”In February 2018—after these two cases were discovered—Pentax issued a recall for the ED-3940TK duodenoscope to replace the distal end cap and other parts of the device and to update the operational manual to recommend annual maintenance. The safety communication issued by the FDA notes that the design changes are intended to “reduce the potential for leakage of patient fluids into the closed elevator channel and under the distal cap.”The authors of the new study say further changes in duodenoscope design, including disposable components and heat-stable components that allow for steam-cleaning, are urgently needed.They also suggest that the two cases of MCR-1 carriage, which were identified through the vigilance of clinicians and lab technicians at the hospital, highlight the need for an FDA-approved colistin susceptibility test to prevent the silent spread of MCR-1 in healthcare facilities.See also:Sep 11 Clin Infect Dis abstractFeb 7 FDA safety communicationFebruary 2015 FDA safety communication
Russia has dropped the first criminal charges against Arctic 30 activist Anthony Perrett.As Greenpeace reports, Mr. Perrett has requested an exit visa from the Federal Migration Service to allow him to leave Russia.Anthony is one of the people who were seized when the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise was boarded after a peaceful protest at Gazprom’s drill platform in the Pechora Sea. They need exit visas because they were charged and then bailed inside Russia after they had been detained in international waters beyond Russia’s territorial waters.The Russian Parliament approved an amnesty decree last week freeing defendants who have been charged with hooliganism. It therefore included the Arctic 30 – the 28 Greenpeace International activists and two freelance journalists, who were arrested at Gazprom-operated Arctic oil platform three months ago.December 25, 2013; Image: Greenpeace
Netball BY SIMON KESLEP Gulo-vui sisters Natalie and Talima displayed yet again another premiership title winning performance to see Team Marshall crowned the 2020 GNK Marshall Netball tournament queens in Hula, Central Province. However, it was not an easy walk in the park for Marshall to come out victorious and claim their 8th premiership title. Giving them (Marshall) a good run for their money in the final was one of the tournament’s newcomers Keapara. The title win also sees Marshall surviving the two-day netball fest undefeated. The Gulo-Vui sisters’ impressive comeback performance especially in midcourt and under the hoop in the second half was decisive in the win. Talima directed plays and was also vocal in sparking up her fellow team mates both in defensive and attacking plays. Under the hoop and slotting the much anticipated points for Marshall were Natalie Gulo-Vui and Joan Oki to see them claim the five points (23-18) difference win over Keapara. In the opening half, both Natalie and Joan could not find their pace upfront as they were well contained by Keapara’s defenders in the likes of Lesieli Vele and Rina Ila. Keapara took hold of the first half and led 12-8 at halftime through the successful and dominating goal shooting performance by Veavu Ila and Nosa Tino with assistance coming from Aileen Vala at midcourt. In the second stanza, Natalie and Joan, including the team effort and their supporters cheering paved way for a much improved effort to claim the win. “Pretty proud of our performance given we’ve been working hard at training for two weeks and happy to get the grand final win back. Unfortunately we lost it (grand final) last year and it is good to get it back this year. “It was a good comeback in the second half. We were pretty down in the first few minutes but then we started talking and it was good to get the win back. We just told ourselves at halftime just to put our shots up because we were not pretty accurate in the first half,” said Natalie who was awarded as the grand final’s best shooter. The grand final’s best midcourt was Talima Gulo-Vui, best defender Rina Ila of team Keapara while the most valuable player/Jenny Pokana award recipient was Keapara’s Lesieli Vele. Tournament awards recipients included Uve Noka (best shooter), Joy Ani and Silo Silo (best midcourt), La,a Iga (best defender), Gia Kopi (most valuable player), Iru Iga (player of the tournament), 12-year-old Wendy Geno (youngest player of the tournament), Joan Oki (sponsor’s choice award recipient) and Poerupu (best marching uniform).