Breaking down the accusations against parents in the ‘Varsity Blues’ cheating scandal

first_imgYinYang/iStock(BOSTON) — Many parents who are accused of participating in a pricey college entrance cheating scandal are set to appear in Boston federal court as part of the ongoing case.Most of the parents appearing in court on Wednesday are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Each case was detailed in the court documents that were released when the scandal was first announced, with each case differing based on the individual students involved.Here is a rundown of how each parent is accused of having participated in the scheme:Jane BuckinghamBefore the scandal, Jane Buckingham was known to many as a marketing analyst, young adult self-help author and millennial trend spotter.Now she is accused of paying the cheating ring’s alleged mastermind, Rick Singer, $35,000 of an agreed upon $50,000 through his charity to get testing ace Mark Riddell to take the ACT exam for her son Jack.To keep the scam secret from Jack, Buckingham asked Singer to send a copy of the exam so that her son could take it at home while Riddell was taking the real test in Houston, court documents allege. Buckingham also allegedly sent Singer a photograph of her son’s handwriting to forward to Riddell so he could could mimic his style.In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, her son Jack said “I am sorry” to “millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their ass off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams. I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.”A representative for Jack’s father, Jane’s ex-husband Marcus, released a statement to ABC News saying: “Marcus had no knowledge of or involvement in the activities for which his ex-wife has been charged.”The statement went on to note that he and his children learned the news when the charges were announced and that Marcus’ focus now is on caring for the “emotional wellbeing” of his children.Felicity Huffman One of the two well-known actresses who are allegedly involved in the scheme, Felicity Huffman is famous for her Academy Award-nominated role in Transamerica and was one of the main characters in the television show Desperate Housewives.She is married to fellow actor William H. Macy, and though he is not charged in connection to the alleged scheme, he is mentioned throughout the court documents.Huffman and Macy allegedly gave $15,000 to Singer’s bogus charity “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their oldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so,” the court documents allege.Singer met both Huffman and Macy at their home to explain “in substance, how the college entrance exam scheme worked,” court documents state. Investigators say Singer told them that both Huffman and Macy “agreed to the plan,” according to documents.With Singer’s guidance, the couple allegedly convinced the SAT’s parent company, College Board, that their oldest daughter needed extra time for the test. This maneuver, according to court documents, allowed her to test at Singer’s allegedly “controlled” testing center: Igor Dvorskiy’s West Hollywood Test Center. Singer flew in testing ace Mark Riddell from Tampa, Florida, to “proctor” the exam. Huffman’s eldest daughter scored 1420, “an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT, taken without [Mark Riddell] one year earlier,” according to the criminal complaint.Not long after Singer started cooperating with the government, he let agents record several of his phone calls with Huffman, including one where he details having Riddell take the test for their daughter and Huffman allegedly responding “Okay, that sounds great.”In another similar conversation, Singer is recorded speaking with both Huffman and Macy.Lori Loughlin and Mossimo GiannulliThe other actress involved in the alleged cheating ring, Lori Loughlin, was known to many for playing wholesome Aunt Becky on Full House, and for her roles in a number of Hallmark Channel movies.Both Netflix, which airs the reboot Fuller House, and Hallmark have since dropped her in the wake of the scandal.She’s not the only famous face in the family, as her husband is a well-known fashion designer and their younger daughter, known as Olivia Jade, was a social media influencer with endorsement deals from companies like Sephora.Olivia Jade and her older sister Isabella were enrolled at the University of Southern California at the time that charges were filed against their parents.The Giannullis allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team—despite the fact that they did not participate in crew—thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” according to court documents. They allegedly submitted fake athletic profiles including “action” photos of their daughters on rowing machines.They allegedly paid $50,000 to USC’s senior athletic director, Donna Heinel, to get her to “recruit” their oldest daughter Isabella as a coxswain. After Isabella was accepted, Giannulli wired another $200,000 to Singer’s bogus charity.Heinel pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy last month and her attorney said she is looking “forward to reviewing the government’s evidence and fully restoring Donna’s reputation in the college athletic community.”The Giannullis allegedly did it again for their youngest daughter, Olivia Jade. This allegedly involved another fake rowing profile, another push from Heinel and another $250,000 payment, followed by another acceptance letter from USC.Their scheme was almost uncovered by a high school guidance counselor, who “did not believe that either of the Giannullis’ daughters participated in crew, and was concerned that their applications may have contained misleading information,” according to court documents. Giannulli then allegedly went to the high school and confronted the counselor, assuring him Olivia Jade was a rower.After Singer began cooperating with investigators, his calls with the Giannullis were recorded.Elizabeth and Manuel HenriquezManuel Henriquez stepped down as CEO of a Bay Area hedge fund after being charged with wire fraud in this case. His daughter, Isabelle, was enrolled at Georgetown University when the charges against him were announced.The university released a statement saying: “We are reviewing the details of the indictment, examining our records, and will be taking appropriate action.”Henriquez and his wife, Elizabeth Henriquez, are alleged to have paid Singer to help their two daughters cheat on their standardized tests. They also allegedly paid $400,000 to Singer’s charity to bribe Georgetown’s tennis coach, Gordon Ernst, to designate their older daughter as a tennis recruit.Court documents allege that they paid $25,000 to have Riddell proctor Isabelle’s SAT exam at her school and “correct her answers,” according to court documents.“He sat side-by-side with the daughter during the exam and provided her with answers to the exam questions, and after the exam, he ‘gloated’ with Elizabeth Henriquez and her daughter about the fact that they had cheated and gotten away with it,” court documents state.The couple also allegedly arranged for Singer to have Riddell take the ACT exam for their younger daughter. Instead of paying Singer for that one, Manuel Henriquez “agreed to use his influence at Northeastern University… to help [Singer] secure the admission of an applicant to that school… The applicant’s parents paid [Singer] $250,000 after she was admitted,” court documents state.The Henriquezes also paid Singer $25,000 to $30,000 in cash “to facilitate cheating on three SAT subject tests and the ACT for their younger daughter,” court documents state.Gordon CaplanThough not necessarily as well-known as the two actresses involved in the alleged scheme, Gordon Caplan was well-known in the law profession; American Lawyer named him one of 2018’s “Dealmakers of the Year.”If convicted, he not only faces jail time but could also be disbarred.Caplan is accused of paying $75,000 to Singer’s bogus charity in November and December of 2018 to have Riddell proctor his daughter’s ACT exam “and correct the answers after she had completed it,” according to court documents.“Instead of her bubbling into the test, which we do with all kids who have learning differences… they write their answers on a separate sheet to the side of it, so that we can rebubble,” the court documents allege Singer said, detailing how the scheme worked.Caplan was also allegedly caught on secret wiretaps discussing with Singer how to have his daughter fake a learning disability to get extra time to take the test and facilitate the cheating, according to court documents.On the tape, Caplan is recorded saying: “To be honest, I’m not worried about the moral issue here. I’m worried about the, if she’s caught doing that, you know, she’s finished,” according to court documents.John B. WilsonJohn B. Wilson is the president and CEO of the private equity and real estate investment firm Hyannis Port Capital.He is alleged to have “conspired to bribe Jovan Vavic, the USC water polo coach, to designate his son as a purported recruit to the USC men’s water polo team, thereby facilitating his admission to USC. Wilson also sought to use bribes to obtain the admission of his two daughters to Stanford University and Harvard University as recruited athletes,” according to court documents.After Wilson allegedly emailed his concern that the scam might blow back on his son, Singer advised that his son would not actually be expected to play water polo.“The commitment is to be on the roster not attend all practices but he will have to attend drug tests and other mandatory functions for 1 year then walk away/frankly after the 1st semester he can move on,” Singer said, according to court documents.Singer allegedly created a bogus athletic profile for the son “that included fabricated swimming times and awards,” the court documents state.Coach Vavic allegedly emailed a USC athletics administrator that Wilson’s son “would be the fastest player on our team, he swims 50 [yards] in 20 [seconds], my fastest players are around 22 [seconds], this kid can fly,” the court documents state.Wilson’s son got into USC as a water polo recruit. He withdrew from the team after his first semester, according to court documents. For all this, Wilson allegedly paid Singer $220,000.While Singer was cooperating with investigators he got Wilson to agree to a fictitious scheme to pay another $1.5 million — to be divided between Stanford and Harvard — to secure admission for his two daughters, according to court documents.Peter Jan ‘P.J.’ SartorioWhile not a universally-known figure, Peter Jan ‘P.J.’ Sartorio is the founder and CEO of a natural and organic food company.Court documents allege that he “paid Singer $15,000 in cash in or about June 2017 to have [Riddell] purport to proctor the ACT for Sartorio’s daughter, and correct her exam answers.”While Singer was cooperating with federal agents, they allegedly recorded a phone call he had with Sartorio. Singer told him the IRS was auditing his foundation but Singer assured Sartorio that “because you paid cash, essentially,” that he would not “show up on my books.”Toby MacFarlaneAnother businessman on the list, Toby MacFarlane, is a senior executive at a title insurance company.Court documents allege that he paid thousands to get his daughter into USC as a soccer recruit and, later, gave $200,000 to Singer’s charity to get his son in as a basketball recruit.His daughter graduated from USC in 2018, but “did not play soccer at USC”, according to court documents. His son attended USC briefly but dropped out without ever playing basketball.Homayoun ZadehThe Los Angeles Times described Homayoun Zadeh as “an institution at USC’s dental school, rising over a four-decade academic career from student to lab director to the chair of the periodontology department.”Zadeh is accused of having conspired to bribe USC’s former athletic director Donna Heinel “to designate his daughter as a lacrosse recruit—despite the fact that she did not play lacrosse competitively—thereby facilitating her admission to USC.”Though Zadeh allegedly pledged to pay Singer $100,000, he had trouble coming up with the money. His wife told Singer they had to refinance their home to come up with the money, according to court documents. They are alleged to have ultimately paid $55,000 in installments.Bruce IsacksonBruce Isackson is the president of the real estate development firm WP Investments. His wife Davina Isackson has also been charged and already made her first appearance before a judge in Boston.Court documents allege that Bruce Isackson transferred 2,150 shares of Facebook — with a value of about $251,249 at the time — to Singer’s bogus charity in an effort to get their daughter into college as a soccer recruit using falsified athletic profiles, according to court documents.First, the court documents state that “he sought to secure the Isackson daughter’s admission to USC — her first-choice school — as a purported soccer recruit.” After her application was mistakenly routed through the normal admissions process due to a “clerical error,” they then focused on getting her into UCLA.Later, they allegedly transferred to Singer’s foundation other shares of stock worth $101,272 after getting help with their younger daughter’s ACT exam, according to court documents.They then allegedly schemed to get the younger daughter into USC as a rowing recruit “even though she was not competitive in rowing, but instead was an avid equestrian,” court documents state. After she was accepted to USC, Isackson allegedly transferred more shares of stock worth $249,420 to Singer’s charity.Isackson and his wife were allegedly caught on secretly-recorded wiretaps talking to Singer about these schemes and about an effort to get their third child into college.Gregory and Amy ColburnThe final couple on the list who’s set to appear later on Wednesday are Gregory and Amy Colburn.Gregory Colburn is a physician.They are alleged to have participated in the alleged college entrance cheating scheme on behalf of their son. The Colburns transferred stock worth $24,443.50 to Singer’s charity and wrote a check for $547.45. In addition to the wire fraud charges facing the other parents, the Colburns were indicted on money laundering charges last week, according to ABC Station KGO-TV.The Colburns’ attorneys released a statement to ABC News saying, “The Colburns are innocent of these charges, and they completely deny the allegations in the indictment.”“The Colburns’ son took his SAT test with no assistance, and the Colburns were unaware that his test was altered in any way,” the statement continued. “The Colburns’ lives have been turned upside down by these false accusations. They were arrested at their home in front of their children. These types of heavy-handed tactics have resulted in widespread criticism against the DOJ in Boston and nationally.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Senior Director of Development for Medicine Alumni and Internal Medicine

first_imgApplication Process/Additional Information Position Information Job Category University Code15415 Position TypeStaff Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities Open Until FilledYes Recruitment TypeMulti Title Anticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience Seven or more years of demonstrated success identifying, qualifyingand soliciting major gift prospects, preferably in the context ofhigher education and/or healthcare.Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in major and plannedgiving concepts and strategies as well as significant experience increating and implementing major gift plans; campaign experience isstrongly preferred.Strong management capabilities and a commitment to mentoring giftofficersMaster’s Degree or work experience at a level that equates to anadvanced degree.Deep appreciation for the mission and aspirations of VCU and VCUHealth and a desire to play a meaningful role in the life of VCUand in the Richmond community.Collaboration skills consistent with bringing out the best in amatrix team, instilling pride in a team effort.Personal commitment to the fund raising industry as evidencedthrough work ethic and aspiration to best practices Working TitleSenior Director of Development for Medicine Alumni and InternalMedicine Scope of SearchNational Is this employee on a H1B Visa? DepartmentSchool of Medicine Job StatusFull-Time Resource CriticalYes University TitleSenior Director 2, Development FLSA IndicatorExempt At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Position Number590080 In partnership with VCU Health and School of Medicine leadershipand under the Assistant Vice President for Medicine and HealthDevelopment, the Senior Director of Development for Medicine Alumniand the Department of Internal Medicine will provide leadership andfundraising strategy and oversee major and principal gift activityfor all of the school’s alumni populations and for the Departmentof Internal Medicine ( DOIM ). The position will lead major giftofficers in the Medicine Alumni pod and will personally cultivateand solicit principal and major gifts and in support of theschool’s alumni fundraising priorities and those of the Departmentof Internal Medicine. The position may also support relatedfundraising priorities connected to the VCU and VCU Health’stripartite mission of research, education, clinical care/physicalenvironment.The position will work with the medical school’s alumni population,trainees of Internal Medicine, as well as patients and families whomake gifts in gratitude for the care they received at VCU Health.In compliance with the Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act ( HIPAA ), the incumbent will partner withphysicians and clinical faculty of the DOIM in to identifyprospective patient donors and to create appropriate fundraisingstrategies. This position builds relationships with colleagues inthe SOM, VCU Health and across the university to carry out theresponsibilities of the role and serves on the assistant vicepresident’s leadership team, serving the philanthropic prioritiesof both VCU Health and the VCU School of Medicine.The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to lead teamsas well as to plan, execute, secure and steward major gifts. Astrong orientation to collaboration is required along with anenthusiasm for maintaining relationships with faculty and clinicalcare teams and an empathy for individuals impacted by healthexperiences. A background in academic medicine, higher education orhealth care is preferred but not required for the candidate whoenjoys new challenges and is eager to pursue a role in health carephilanthropy. Is this position eligible to participate in alternative workarrangements?Yes Minimum of 7 years professional experience in fundraising,preferably in an academic medical center or higher education(Research I) setting or similar complex environments.Demonstrated ability to plan, execute, secure and steward 6 and7-figure gifts through individual effort.Sound judgment, strong interpersonal skills and professionalcredibility required to develop relationships of trust and respectwith a diverse range of constituents, including donors andprospects, healthcare providers, research faculty, senioradministrators, volunteers and stakeholders and developmentcolleagues.Emotional intelligence, empathy and ability to relate toindividuals impacted by health experiencesHighest ethical standards, attention to confidentiality and deepfamiliarity with and a willingness to fully comply with VCU’sinterpretation of HIPAA law as it relates to fundraisingThe ability to work independently, to meet deadlines andconsistently achieve goals while also driving and supporting teamsuccess in a matrix environment; demonstrated experience managingfundraising staff is strongly preferredHigh level of initiative, strong orientation to teamwork and theability to work effectively in complex environmentsDemonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse,equitable and inclusive environmentAttention to detail and the ability to use a database to maintainand review records and reports such as donor data, prospectcontacts, solicitations, and proposalsWorking knowledge of tax laws affecting charitable giving.Must be able to travel involving automobile and/or airplane.Overnight and long-distance travel may be necessary.Excellent written and oral communication skills.Bachelor’s degree required. Preferred Hiring Standards Required Licenses/ Certifications Is this a restricted position?No Minimum Hiring Standards Organizational Overview CampusMCV Campus Hours/Week40 Job Open Date04/25/2021 Posting will close on or before Normal Work Days/HoursM-F University Job FamilyDevelopment Recruitment PoolAll Applicants ORP EligibleYes Employee GroupUniversity Employee Sensitive PositionNo For more information on ORP, visit:Retirement Plans Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/105462 Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional Documentslast_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale For John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, Starring Sebastian Arcelus

first_img View Comments Star Files Set in Ford County, Mississippi, A Time to Kill tells the story of a young, idealistic lawyer (Arcelus) who defends a black man, Carl Lee Hailey (John Douglas Thompson), for taking the law into his own hands following an unspeakable crime committed against his young daughter. The small town is thrown into upheavel as Jack finds himself arguing against the formidable district attorney, Rufus Buckley, and goes under attack from both sides of a racially divided city. Fred Dalton Thompson will play Judge Noose. A Time To Kill Related Shows A Time to Kill features set design by James Noone, costume design by David Woolard, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Lindsay Jones and projection design by Jeff Sugg. Fred Dalton Thompson Sebastian Arcelus Tickets are now on sale for the stage adaptation of John Grisham’s bestselling legal novel A Time to Kill, starring Sebastian Arcelus, Fred Dalton Thompson and John Douglas Thompson. Adapted for the stage by Rupert Holmes and directed by Ethan McSweeny, the new production begins performances September 28, with an official opening night set for October 20 at Broadway’s Golden Theatre. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 17, 2013 John Douglas Thompsonlast_img read more

Kristin Stokes on Breaking Ribs & ‘Breaking Ground’ with The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

first_img Kristin Stokes has been bringing Annabeth Chase to life on stage for the past three years, and now she’s making her Broadway debut as the wise demigod in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical. Based on Rick Riordan’s uber-popular series, the new musical follows the adventures of Percy Jackson, played by Chris McCarrell, and his fellow children of gods at Camp Half-Blood. To celebrate the show’s long quest to Broadway and its recent opening night, Stokes stopped by Broadway.com’s #LiveatFive to talk all about her love for the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, breaking a rib and more. “It’s so magical to be a part of the Broadway community and to come to work every day and be with all the people that I love,” she said to Ryan Lee Gilbert. “We’ve been doing this show off-Broadway, we toured with it, it feels like one big camp. When we were on tour, it felt like a literal quest. Now getting to be on Broadway is the most fun.”This isn’t the first time the popular books series has been adapted. While the two Logan Lerman-led movies are notorious for going off-book, the new musical has a blessing from author Riordan. “One of the things that really appealed to me when reading these books is that Rick Riordan does a really fantastic job presenting a character that you immediately know and relate to. The tone and the humor that is captured in the book, and that I think we capture in our show, is so fun. It takes itself just seriously enough, but then you’re sprayed by toilet water. It’s the best.” View Comments Related Shows  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 22:59Loaded: 0.00%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -22:59 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Although there’s toilet paper guns and water sprays, The Lightning Thief musical is still ready for battle. “We are really fighting with swords and climbing up scaffolding,” Stokes said. “It does feel like we’re breaking ground. I don’t know if I can think of a musical that is has rockin’ music and is this epic with a very traditional hero’s journey story. To have this all breaking into musical theater is so fun. There’s something special about it.”Having gone on the theatrical quest for three years now means Stokes has gone to Hades and back again too many times to count, and sometime those trips are more dangerous than others. “The bruises on my legs right now tell the story of this show,” she said. “I can’t tell you how many times my fingers have gotten smashed by these spears that we’re using. The first night of previews on tour, I broke a rib. I was like, ‘It’s fine, let’s just tape it and keep going.’ That’s what Annabeth would, do right? It’s all par for the course with this show. It’s the most exciting thing to get to do.”See Stokes in The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, playing at the Longacre Theatre!Watch the full #LiveatFive episode below! Star Filescenter_img The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical Kristin Stokes (Photos: Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 Kristin Stokeslast_img read more

Trelleborg Boosts Houston Offshore Engineering Team

first_imgTrelleborg’s offshore operation based in Houston has invested in a new ‘Global Riser Analysis’ team to incorporate in-house mathematical simulation capabilities into its current engineering group.The Global Riser Analysis team consists of local and global finite element (FE) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis personnel utilizing specialized software which should enable Trelleborg to deliver an even more complete engineering service. The team are able to model equipment and system responses to environmental forces, providing greater opportunities for design optimization across the full range of Trelleborg’s product offerings. Potential benefits to customers include cost savings, increased service life and multi-functional designs.Antony Croston, business group director with Trelleborg’s offshore operation, said: “We are committed to continuously improving our engineering and manufacturing services and the Global Riser Analysis team will be a great addition to our engineering group. Through this new service, the team will help advance our product development and design opportunities at the system level as well as bring innovative ideas and cost savings to our customers.”In addition to advances in product design, Trelleborg’s offshore operation aims to utilize established consulting backgrounds within the Global Riser Analysis team to offer customers in-house global and local analyses of offshore drilling and production operations, applying a fully coupled vessel to well approach. These riser studies should assist in defining operational methodologies and structural system limitations for offshore drilling and production operations globally, the company explains.Croston continues: “The Riser Analysis team will be able to consult with our clients on active projects and offer the best solution based on a true optimization of product performance and the overall effect on the system design. We will be ideally placed to advise which design choices give the biggest payback in terms of maximizing operational efficiency.“Our future strategy is to expand our analysis capabilities, through partnerships, integration of real world data from field deployed acquisition systems, and verification testing to develop creative solutions to the present and future challenges presented to the offshore energy industries.”The Global Riser Analysis team is said to be currently developing solutions to reduce drilling riser drag and fatigue loadings for the purposes of improving rig uptime in the most demanding environments.last_img read more

Sponsor calls for support in Lae

first_imgRugby League By FRANKIY KAPIN South Pacific Brewery, the naming rights sponsor of the PNG Hunters says everyone should get behind the team with full support. With Lae hosting the Hunters for the first time, South Pacific Brewery said it was about getting the game that Papua New Guineans love close to the people. “Community engagements, meeting the players and coming together as one community to support our team, rugby league is our national sport, and everyone should have the opportunity to see the best players play live and witness the quality of the Intrust Super Cup,” SP said. Asked by the Post-Courier if the success of the Lae game can be considered to extending similar approaches to other centres like Mt Hagen and Goroka, SP Brewery said: “That is a call for the PNGRFL to make. “However in saying that, as the naming sponsors of the SP Hunters we will assist where needed to get SP Hunters out to its loyal supporters.” SP Brewery congratulated the Lae Rugby League team of Adrian Chow and Stanley Tepend for taking charge and ticking all the boxes the Queensland Rugby League requested in their visit to the Lae Rugby League venue and the guidance from PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau and SP Hunters coach Michael Marum. “The combined efforts of all parties have been the driving force in getting this game across the line and approved for Lae so that we have the best possible surface for the players, and for Lae rugby league in the future,” SP said. “As the naming sponsor of the SP Hunters we want our SP brand to be involved in certain aspects when it comes to rugby league, one of those is having our brand visible at such venues so we have assisted with Lae Rugby League in the rehabilitation of the grounds so that we align our SP brand with the game of rugby league.” SP said that security was paramount to all attending and they have been informed from PNGRFL and Lae Rugby League that it has been taken care of. SP expects the full capacity of 6000 to turn up for the game on Sunday.last_img read more