BY KEVIN TEME Fitness in sports plays a very important role in students’ lives. KPMG audit partner Herbert Maguma said this during the official announcement of the partnership between KPMG and Badihagwa Technical Secondary School today. While officially presenting some refurbished basketball courts structures to Badihagwa Technical Secondary School, he said, “We are accountants. We are auditors but one of the important aspects of what we do is we partner with community organisations and try to make a difference in whatever small way we can.” “This is another step in our partnership with Badihagwa. I know fitness in sports play a very important role in the student’s life. I, myself love sports but it does not show now,” Maguma said with a smile on his face. “I used to play basketball and represent my province so it’s an activity that I know brings together a team, bring together like minded individual and you know a healthy mind, a healthy body is a healthy student as well when you go into the classroom. So health and well being is the key focus of what we promote at KPMG,” Maguma said. He said his company started in 1966 and is a professional services firm with global reach, with a deep expertise in audit and assurance, tax and advisory. Maguma added: “One of the things which we’ve committed to doing things is supporting education in PNG, and Badihagwa School is very close to our hearts.” “You know we’ve got some of our employees in KPMG who have been here at Badihagwa. We’ve got some of our employees as well who live around this place so it’s a school close in proximity to our office and it’s a school that we want to support in various ways,” Maguma said. This is not the first time that KPMG has come to Badihagwa. Earlier this year KPMG donated some furniture for the classrooms and the teachers meeting rooms as well as donating Trukai Fun Run T shirts for the students and staff to participate in the annual Trukai Fun Run. Maguma thanked the Badihagwa community and the school principal for inviting KPMG and they hope to continue the partnership for a long time. “This is just a small token of our appreciation and us as an organisation we are excited to continue to work with you. We are happy to give back to the community,” Maguma said. Meanwhile school principal Maru Bala thanks KPMG for the timely gesture which will go a long way. “We are thankful for the timely gesture however we hope that this venue can be built into a multi sports stadium depending on what KPMG can offer,” the school principal said. Bala said Badihagwa has been struggling in terms of development in the school however for KPMG to come on board to support the school in their own ways was encouraging and he thanked KPMG and their staff for the support. Bala said in building multi sports complex, the school can also use the building to organise meetings and other things apart from hosting basketball. “Badihagwa as you know have set history in sports like our golden girl Dika Toua who once attended this school and we are happy to partner with KPMG and we thank you for the kind gesture given,” Bala said. Maguma in responding to the principal said, “I know Mr Bala have already put the seeds in our head but turning this place into a multipurpose facility so you know those are things we will be going with or take away with so on behalf of KPMG Nippon Paint, this was a joint initiative between the two companies and we now present this basketball court to you and I am sure Mr Ikupa Ovia (Sports head teacher) and your students to make good use of the court.” “On behalf of KPMG and Nippon we just want to say thank you,” Maguma said.
With a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win and some help later in the night, the Orioles instead suffered their most frustrating loss of the season on Saturday.Beyond the obvious effects on the wild-card-standings, the 7-3 defeat to the New York Yankees was even more difficult to stomach because of Buck Showalter’s role in the late-inning collapse. As deserving of the benefit of the doubt as any manager in baseball, Showalter leaving starter Wade Miley in the game to give up the game-tying home run to Tyler Austin to start the bottom of the seventh was baffling.The Baltimore skipper told reporters in the Bronx after the game that he believed Miley was still strong at 99 pitches and that the many left-handed hitters available to come off the New York bench — presumably against right-handed reliever Mychal Givens — prompted him to stick with the lefty starter to begin the seventh. Of course, one could dispute just how strong Miley was at that point after he’d pitched into significant jams in both the fifth and sixth innings in which the Yankees shrunk the Orioles’ lead from 3-0 to 3-2.Miley had given the Orioles a strong performance through six innings, but that should have been all for the starter, especially considering the bullpen hadn’t been particularly taxed in the series-opening 8-1 win on Friday. This was the penultimate game of the regular season, after all, and not a game in mid-June in which you’re thinking about the long-term health of your bullpen.The leash was long enough for that sixth inning, let alone even thinking about having him start the seventh.But Showalter’s overthinking wasn’t the only factor working against the Orioles on Saturday if we’re being fair.Even if Miley had been lifted after six, All-Star setup man Brad Brach was always going to factor into the late-inning equation and the right-hander just didn’t have it on Saturday, giving up four runs, two hits, and two walks while retiring only one batter in the eighth inning. Brach had rebounded nicely in the month of September, but he hasn’t been the same dominant force in the second half of the season, pitching to an underwhelming 3.94 ERA since the All-Star break.It’s no secret that Brach carried an enormous workload with Darren O’Day missing a large portion of the season, and he hasn’t been nearly as consistent in the second half as a result.An offense that plated three runs over the first three innings against Yankees starter Luis Severino all but went to sleep in the final six innings of the game. J.J. Hardy grounded into a 5-4-3 double play with runners on first and second with one out in the sixth, and Manny Machado was inexplicably thrown out at third after Mark Trumbo singled with two outs in the seventh. Those were the only real scoring threats for Baltimore after Machado’s opposite-field solo homer in the third inning.There’s been far too much of that in recent weeks.Even the defense was a question mark.With two outs in the sixth, Machado made a nice stop of a grounder off the bat of Rob Refsnyder, but he took too much time getting up to make the throw to get him at first base to end the inning. Chase Headley then followed with a double to make it a one-run game.There was plenty of blame to go around after Saturday’s loss as the Orioles could only watch what was transpiring in Boston and Atlanta to determine what they needed to do in the final game of the season.It’s tough enough when players simply don’t come through, but seeing a tactician like Showalter blink in such a crucial game was disheartening. It was the kind of decision that disrupted the karma of a game in which the Orioles were winning, but we’ll never know how it might have turned out otherwise. Brach pitching in a similar fashion would have surely netted the same result of a loss.Baltimore just wasn’t good enough on Saturday, whether talking about the players or their revered manager.You can only hope it didn’t cost them dearly.