The PNG Sports Foundation, as the Government lead agency for sports in consultation with other relevant agencies, is taking preventative measures to counter the risk of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).PNGSF Executive Peter Tsiamalili Jnr said the decision would not be taken lightly as Papua New Guineans are very passionate in sports but the event was an activity that encompasses a large congregation of people and the risk factors could be detrimental if preventative measures were not introduced sooner.“At this time of the year when our global community is shocked by the wild spreading of the coronavirus and combating to control the spread of the pandemic, we Papua New Guinea as a nation must also prepare to take necessary preventive measures to control the epidemic,” Tsiamalili said. “The nation is preparing to prevent and control this globally infectious virus; it is now everyone’s responsibility to maintain our individual health and hygiene as part of the preventive measures against this global threat. “Therefore, in tune with the Prime Minister’s address to the Nation and its recommendations to limit mass gatherings and encouraging social distance, the PNG Sports Foundation, as agency responsible for sports and in consultation with National Federations and Department of Health, has taken its decision as part of the preventive measures in the usage of the sporting venues that are managed by PNG Sports Foundation.“Today we conducted a meeting with representatives from National Federations, PNG Olympic Committee and other stakeholders of sports at the Bisini Sports Precinct and the recommendation to suspend sports for 30 days effective immediately was fully endorsed by those present,” Tsiamalili said. “I’d like to announce to the public, sporting clubs, National Federations and our valued sporting fraternity that the usage of all Government sporting facilities in Port Moresby and throughout the country are suspended for 4 weeks (30 days) until such time, the Sports Foundation completes a risk assessment with health officials on the preparedness of our team and sporting affiliates to manage and deal with the potential of the coronavirus. “Mass gatherings through sporting activities are highly visible events with the potential for serious public health consequences if they are not planned and managed carefully. It is also evident that mass gatherings can amplify the spread of infectious diseases and it is incumbent on my team to take this approach. “Once we are satisfied with our preparations in terms of our sporting affiliate’s management capacity and necessary S.O.P’s (Standard Operating Procedures) to manage the threat, then we will announce the opening of our sporting venues and facilities for normal business. “Currently, the situation is still very fluid and I appeal to all sports and the general public to be content and appreciative as we navigate through these uncertain times with the likelihood of the case still very high.” (Women’s 7-aside at Bisini last weekend. The soccer precinct, like other sporting venues, will be on lockdown as a safety measure)
The director of the Netflix hit The Haunting of Hill House has just finished shooting his next big return to a horror classic: a sequel to The Shining, the Stephen King adaptation released in 1980. Ewan McGregor stars as Danny Torrance in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep, which he wrote as the sequel to The Shining.The director, Mike Flanagan, posted in early December 2018 on Twitter, “So that’s a wrap on DOCTOR SLEEP! It’s been a long, crazy, truly unique experience. I read the novel as soon as it came out back in 2013, fascinated and moved by the epic story of Dan Torrance and Abra Stone, but I never imagined for a moment that I’d be the person to bring it to the big screen.”Photo by Getty Images“It’s been an honor to spend the last five months with this fantastic cast and crew, and to be trusted with Stephen King’s extraordinary story. One of the highlights of my career, without a doubt. Shine on, everyone. Shine on.”The Haunting of Hill House was an adaptation of a Shirley Jackson classic novel.Variety reported that Warner Bros. had been developing this film, as well as a prequel to The Shining titled Overlook Hotel, for years, “but the studio struggled to secure a budget for either film.” The success of It made Stephen King adaptations popular again.The halls of the Stanley Hotel inspired the famous halls of the fictional Overlook Hotel in King’s novel. Photo by daveynin CC BY 2.0Doctor Sleep is set for an early 2020 release.“Ewan McGregor stars as a much older version of little Danny Torrance in Doctor Sleep, who is also struggling with many of his father’s personal demons,” reported Den of Geek. “He’s retained his psychic powers, but alcoholism and anger issues play a part in leading him to a cult that feeds off the kind of people with Dan’s unique gifts.”In the new film, Danny Torrance uses alcohol to dull the pain of his childhood as well as his “shining” powers. Those powers return when he gets sober and uses his gift to help the dying at a hospice.Ewan McGregor. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0Reports Variety, “He establishes a psychic connection with a young girl who shares his extreme abilities, and who is being targeted by a group with similar abilities. They’ve found that their powers grow if they inhale the ‘steam’ that comes off others with the power to shine when they are suffering painful deaths.”CinemaBlend reported that Rebecca Ferguson co-stars in the film as Rose the Hat, the leader of the cult that feeds on children with psychic powers, and Kyleigh Curran is a young girl with “the shining,” who Danny develops a connection with.Stephen King wrote The Shining in 1977. It was adapted for the big screen by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall as Danny’s parents. Danny Lloyd played a young Danny Torrance.Actors Danny Lloyd and Shelley Duvall in a scene from the Warner Bros movie ‘The Shining’ in 1980 at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England. Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty ImagesThe film earned $44 million and mixed reviews. But it has gone on to be considered a classic of the horror genre.At the time of its release, the New York Times critic wrote that “the supernatural story knows frustratingly little rhyme or reason […] Even the film’s most startling horrific images seem overbearing and perhaps even irrelevant.” Roger Ebert complained that it was hard to connect with the characters.In some interviews, Stephen King was critical of Kubrick’s film, saying Jack Nicholson was too mentally unstable too early in the film, and Shelley Duvall’s role seemed to be to scream.Read another story from us: The Haunting of Hill House – How a Supposedly “True” Story Sparked a LegendThe novel was King’s third and its success made his reputation. He has said that he was struggling with alcoholism when he wrote the book. He based it in part on staying with his wife at the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the only two guests at the place. They checked into Room 217, and that same room number showed up in the book.