Star hails new venue for Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

first_img“For me the Paralympic Games start now”. These were the words of Maciel Santos, a boccia gold medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, during the inauguration of the venue that will host his sport at Rio 2016. Carioca Arena 2, which will also stage judo and wrestling during the Olympic Games, was unveiled on Saturday (14 May) in Barra Olympic Park.Santos, who won gold in the individual BC2 category in London, and will compete at the new arena in September, has already started to envisage stepping out in front of a home crowd. “You see yourself, the court, the crowd, your relatives, the Brazilian fans. It will be like how we saw in London. I hope the Brazilian public really gets behind this Paralympic sport.”Olympic champion Sarah Menezes was also excited by the opening of the new arena. “To see everything ready like this is even more motivation. It’s a sign that it’s nearly here, it’s close,” said the gold medallist in the -48kg class at London 2012. “It’s good to know that everything is on track, that the structural things are being sorted.”The keys to the new venue were handed over from Rio mayor Eduardo Paes to Rio 2016 President Carlos Nuzman. Also present was Christope Dubi, the International Olympic Committee’s sports director, and Brazil’s new sports minister Leonardo Picciani, on his first official engagement. Dubi was full of praise for the new venue, saying: “When you see an arena like this, everyone (involved) should be proud and I hope they are.”After the Games, Carioca Arena 2 will become a training facility for weightlifting, wrestling, badminton, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline gymnastics and table tennis. It will comprise part of the Olympic Training Centre, the main sporting legacy of the Rio 2016 Games.last_img read more

UPDATE: Spencer, Hylton breach anti-doping rules

first_imgAndre Lowe, Sports Editor The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has confirmed that it has been advised by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) that World Championships medallists Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hylton have been referred to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel for an anti-doping violation. The pair is alleged to have violated article 2.3 of the JADCO Anti-doping Rules 2015 which speaks to “evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection.” “We have been advised by JADCO that athletes Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hylton have been referred to the Independent Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel for a hearing to be conducted in accordance with Article 8 of the JADCO Anti-doping Rules 2015,” read the release. The local track and field authority added that it will not be commenting further on the matter.  Hylton, who was a member of Jamaica’s bronze medal winning 4x400m relay team at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, earlier today expressed shock at the charge that he had refused to give a sample during one of the local anti-doping watchdog’s visit to his former Cameron Blazers training group early last year. IN PHOTO: Riker Hylton The athlete who has been provisionally suspended by JADCO, shared that he was at training on the day of JADCO’s visit, but could not participate in the training session because of an injury. He argued that he sat and watched throughout the session and was never approached for a sample by a JADCO agent before he eventually left for home. “This a whole misunderstanding and things have got out of hand wrongfully, it isn’t right,” Hylton told The Gleaner. “I heard that I refused to do a drug test which is totally incorrect. I was not training last year and I had an ankle injury that morning. I was just sitting there that morning and I saw the JADCO persons there. I was just sitting there and looking because I couldn’t train. Nobody said anything to me the whole morning. When training finished I was beginning to leave and a friend of mine asked if they (JADCO) came for me as well, and I said ‘no’ because I was sitting there the whole morning and nobody said anything to me, so I left,” he added. Hylton received an email on the same morning from JADCO noting that he had refused a test. He added that he then went to the JADCO office with his coach Bert Cameron to explain what happened and was told the matter would be handled. IN PHOTO: Kaliese Spencer There are currently 10 anti-doping rule violations including evading, refusing or failing to submit to sample collection; the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s sample, the use or attempted use by an athlete of a prohibited substance or method; and whereabouts failures — any combination of three ‘Filing Failures’ and/or ‘Missed Tests’ in a 12-month period. Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of the doping control process; possession of prohibited substance or a prohibited method; trafficking or attempted trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method and administration or attempted administration to an athlete of prohibited substance or method are also anti-doping offences which carry a range of punishments. JADCO official have so far not provided any comment on any of the two cases. Spencer has not commented on the allegations but has retained legal representation according to our sources. Spencer is a well-known figure in international athletics. She is a multiple Diamond Race winner in the 400m hurdles. Se has also won gold at the Commonwealth Games and is a two-time World Indoor Championships silver medal winner. She also won a 4x400m relay silver medal at the 2009 World Championships.last_img read more

Duport Road Residents Undertake Drainage Project

first_imgSeveral residents of Duport Road East community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia on Saturday, April 12, completed a drainage project that would address the challenges presented by flooding in the area.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer after the exercise, Augustine Boakai, the project’s manager, said the initiative was funded by residents in the community. He went on to praise them for their level of cooperation.“We communicated with the acting Mayor of Paynesville for assistance; unfortunately we have not heard anything from her, until now,” he added, “It was only the community’s members that supported the project.”Boakai said residents would continue to engage stakeholders, including the Paynesville City Acting Mayor, to help them address the problem of the bridge that was constructed by District #10.“Since the construction of the bridge, almost every home in the community has been seriously affected by flooding. When even a little rain falls, the entire area becomes flooded due to the drainages and waterways being obstructed by the bridge,” Mr. Boakai explained.The Duport East project manager said if the bridge is not attended to by government, he would mobilize the community to remove it.“We are not threatening the government, but want them to know that we are tired of flooding as a result of the bridge,” he clarified.He called on the acting city mayor to help residents find solutions to solve the drainage problem once and for all.“We realized that this presented an opportunity to improve the health and sanitation conditions of the area as well,” he said of the drainage project he and other Duport Road residents undertook.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Football Topped By Campbell On The Road

first_img VALPARAISO (Homecoming) 10/10/2015 – 1:00 PM Andy Rice BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell University limited the Drake University football team, who averaged nearly 400 yards a game, to 154 yards of total offense as the Fighting Camels came away with a 24-14 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday night in Barker-Lane Stadium”It was a fun football game to be a part of because it was between two good football teams, but they executed when they needed to and we didn’t,” said head coach Rick Fox.Fifth-year senior quarterback Andy Rice returned to the starting lineup after missing the last two games, but was never able to get comfortable in the pocket as he was sacked nine times. Rice competed 12-of-27 passes for 114 yards and threw two touchdowns.Fifth-year senior Michael Hudson caught both of Rice’s touchdown passes and finished the game with three receptions for 33 yards.Drake’s defense held the Camels to 3-of-12 on third down conversions and allowed 300 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs limited Campbell, who averaged over 200 yards rushing  going into the game, to just 112 yards rushing.  Fifth-year senior John Hugunin led the squad with 11 tackles (4 solo) and forced and recovered a fumble, while fifth-year senior Bob Quilico tallied 19 tackles.Midway through the opening quarter, Campbell scored the first points of the game on a 46-yard field goal.Two possessions later, Rice orchestrated a six-play 41 yard touchdown drive to put the Bulldogs up 7-3 at the 14:13 mark in the second quarter. Rice completed an eight-yard slant pass to Hudson.Drake had a chance to extend its lead to two scores but the Bulldogs missed a 25-yard field goal near the end of the second quarter. The Camels capitalized on the Bulldogs missed opportunity by putting together an 80-yard touchdown drive, and retaking the lead for a 10-7 advantage at the end of the first half.On Drake’s second drive of the third quarter, Rice completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Hudson, capping off a seven-play 49-yard drive and putting the Bulldogs back on top, 14-10, with 5:21 left in the period.The Camels used a trick play to score right before the end of the third quarter. Wide receiver Ben Bolling received the ball on an end around and completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis to give the Camels a 17-14 lead going into the final quarter.Campbell then put the game out of reach for Drake when Kameron Bryant completed 55 yard touchdown pass to Aaron Blockmon with 2:56 remaining in the game.With a 10-point lead and under three minutes to play, Campbell’s defensive line knew Drake had to pass the ball and sacked Rice three times to close out the game, 24-14.The Bulldogs return to Drake Stadium on Oct. 10 and will welcome Valparaiso for their annual homecoming game.Print Friendly Version John Hugunin Story Links Next Game: Stats center_img Michael Hudson Preview Full Schedule Roster Rick Fox Bob Quilico last_img read more


first_imgLETTERKENNY’S Station House Hotel is celebrating the New Year in style.Their New Year’s Eve gala buffet will be supported with music provided by OFF the CUFF, a champagne toast and a piper to welcome 2014 in style.And you can then dance into the New Year with a disco. Doors open 9pm and tickets are available at the hotel reception priced €15.Promoted Post RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT THE STATION HOUSE WITH CHAMPAGNE AND ‘OFF THE CUFF’ was last modified: December 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:champagneletterkennyNew Year’s EveStation House Hotellast_img read more

Card payments for SA’s spaza shops

first_img5 September 2013MasterCard has partnered with local company Blue Label Telecoms in a drive to equip 22 000 small traders and rural shops in South Africa with point of sale (POS) devices, enabling them to accept card payments for the first time.Blue Label currently provides thousands of POS terminals in South Africa, which are used predominantly to sell prepaid vouchers such as airtime and electricity. Servicing millions of customers in rural areas and under-served settlements, these traders have historically operated on a cash-only basis.“Over and above the estimated 100 000 spaza shops [small-scale, home-based grocery stores] spread across South Africa, there are tens of thousands of small- and medium-sized retailers and service providers,” Blue Label joint CEO Mark Levy said in a statement on Tuesday.“Through our partnership with MasterCard, we will introduce many of these businesses to the safety, security, and convenience of electronic payments, enabling financial inclusion in communities where consumers have largely been unable to use formal payment products.”MasterCard South Africa division president Philip Panaino said that, while the number of South Africans with access to formal banking products had increased significantly in the last year, the number of card acceptance locations – especially in rural and peri-urban areas – had not grown in tandem.Blue Label will introduce innovative solutions to increase the number of MasterCard card acceptance locations in South Africa’s townships and informal settlements, with the aim of rolling out more than 15 000 new EMV-certified, contactless-ready POS terminals.These will allow traders to accept chip and PIN and contactless payment cards for goods and services, as well as sell Blue Label’s prepaid vouchers, using a single device.Blue Label also plans to upgrade some 7 000 of its existing terminals used in smaller spaza stores using MasterCard Mobile software. The MasterCard Mobile payment platform will enable MasterCard holders to use PIN-based debit, cheque or credit cards issued by Standard Bank, Absa, Nedbank and the South African Social Security Agency, along with their mobile phones, to pay for their purchases in-store at selected merchants.“This is the first time MasterCard Mobile is made available to consumers in the physical retail environment,” Panaino said, adding: “This innovation is a cost-effective payment mechanism that doesn’t require customers to open another bank account.”Both of these payment solutions will help merchants to reduce the amount of cash they currently handle while increasing sales and improving cashflow. Merchants will also be able to offer cash-back and cash withdrawals to their customers, and provide them with the flexibility to pay the way they want to.Panaino said the new solutions, while responding directly to the needs of merchants, would increase the level of penetration of electronic payments in South Africa and help to stimulate economic growth.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Effectively Using Music to Enhance Corporate Videos

first_imgDiscover how and why royalty free music increases the engagement of your corporate and training video audience!Images via Shutterstock.Video is fast becoming the go-to way for training both employees and students. This method is becoming increasingly common due to the growing acceptance of distance learning and other non-traditional educational techniques in schools and the workplace. If you’re a video editor, producer, or educator that’s been tasked with creating such a project, you should know that the one factor that sets the best video training apart is the use of background music. This is true for the following reasons:1. Music Engages the Brain on Both Conscious and Subconscious LevelsThis is a truth that has long been recognized by advertisers, entertainers, and even politicians. Getting the trainee to engage the material in the video is the first and most essential step to an effective training experience.2. Music Sets the Tempo for the PresentationStudies show that students learn new material better when it is presented with a mildly upbeat, mid-tempo piece of music playing in the background. Classical music has been extensively studied in this regard. Other forms are effective as well, like softer forms of jazz.3. Music Signals Transition PointsIn order to convey any body of knowledge effectively, it must first be divided into categories or steps. Whenever this occurs, the mind of the learner must shift gears. Switching the video’s background music at those points facilitates this change without distracting the learner, guiding them through the learning process seamlessly and effectively.4. Music Both Relaxes and Focuses the BrainThis is, of course, highly dependent on the tracks used. Nobody is suggesting that Excel is best learned with heavy metal thundering over the instructor’s voice! However, studies have shown that properly selected musical pieces do have a conducive effect on the learning process.Royalty free music is a quick and inexpensive way to enhance your corporate and training videos. Check out PremiumBeat’s extensive library of royalty free corporate tracks and let us know if we can help you find the perfect track for your video project!last_img read more

Neymar already looking to extend his contract with PSG

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The father-agent said he wants Neymar to play for another 10 years “so it ends like we are today: Happy.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Google Philippines names new country directorcenter_img Brazilian player Neymar, center, watches the friendly soccer match between Brazil and Panama at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)SAO PAULO — Neymar’s father says the Brazil striker is already looking to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar da Silva Santos says in an interview published on Monday there is “a very big” likelihood his son will stay at the French club after his current contract ends. Neymar is in the second year of a five-year deal.ADVERTISEMENT Tri-factor duathlon championship SEA Games qualifier Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Neymar’s father, who is also his agent, says “we are already going for an extension with PSG.”“He is always among the (transfer) targets,” Santos told news website UOL. “But that doesn’t mean he is going to one club or to another.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“His name is part of speculations since age 17, when he had his professional debut. Neymar has two transfers in his life, but it has been 10 years of speculations. The likelihood that he doesn’t leave (PSG) is very big.”Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017. The 27-year-old Brazilian is recovering from a foot injury and is expected to return in April. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

West Indies to consider Pakistan day-night Test proposal

first_imgThe West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) is mulling over a proposal from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play a Test under lights during the Caribbean side’s tour this year.The West Indies are set to play two Tests, five One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20s against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates starting in October. The PCB has proposed that one of the Tests be played as a day-night affair, reports Caribbean Media Corporation.The proposal will be under consideration when the WICB executive committee meets here this weekend. This has been driven in part by the International Cricket Council’s recent call for member bodies to “embrace the innovation” of the day-night concept.The PCB is hoping the West Indies agree to the proposal as it would add a new dimension to the series which is expected to be otherwise played in front of empty stands.In addition, the game would allow Pakistan important match practice with the pink ball as they gear up for their ‘pink-ball’ Test against Australia in Brisbane in December.The PCB is keen on reviving their cricket which has suffered from their inability to host matches because of the security situation in Pakistan.Their offer to host their first game in seven years on Pakistani soil was rejected by the WICB this month.Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who is also an advisor to the PCB’s cricket committee, said it was important that Pakistan played a Test under lights before taking on Australia.He said even if the West Indies night Test did not materialise, there were plans to play day-night fixtures in the Pakistan first class championship in order to help players familiarise with the new concept.advertisementlast_img read more

Spurs’ Champions League campaign is nearly over, says Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgMauricio Pochettino said Tottenham do not deserve to qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds after they failed to translate a dominant performance at PSV into victory.Spurs were 2-1 up and coasting only to lose Hugo Lloris to a 79th-minute red card after a charge outside his area and foul on Hirving Lozano. The 10 men would concede a late equaliser to Luuk de Jong to leave the Spurs manager admitting it was “nearly over” in terms of progress from the group. His team have taken only one point from their first three games.Pochettino was unhappy at the decision to show a straight red card to Lloris while the Slovenian referee, Slavko Vincic, also disallowed a first‑half Davinson Sánchez effort for offside against Harry Kane. The Spurs striker did not look to be interfering with play. Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest news Share on WhatsApp Mauricio Pochettino Champions League Read more PSV Eindhoven Topics Share on Facebook Reuse this content European club football Tottenham Hotspur Share on LinkedIn But Pochettino said his team only had themselves to blame. He lamented their lack of clinical edge in front of goal and how they took their foot off the pace in the closing stages, suddenly slowing the tempo and losing their aggression up front.“If you don’t win this type of game it’s difficult to deserve to qualify,” Pochettino said. We completely dominated and we had the chances to kill the game. We need to be more aggressive and score more than two because you can always concede when the result is tight.“It’s not difficult to analyse the game. That’s the reality. We didn’t deserve [it]. We didn’t force it and that’s why our feeling is so bad. It was under control, we were playing well and the PSV fans were disappointed. But we played to keep possession [towards the end] and not to be aggressive in the last third.“In football you cannot allow your opponent the time to be alive. If you do, you pay. When you play so much better and dominate the game and create the best chances, if you cannot kill the game and it’s open, you can concede.”Pochettino refused to blame Lloris and he preferred to complain about the decision to dismiss him. “In my opinion, no [it was not a red card] but we can’t blame the referee. Why should Hugo apologise? No. One day, when I was young, I made a big mistake and my manager said to me: ‘You don’t need to apologise.’ Only those on the pitch can make a mistake. Anyway, it wasn’t a mistake – it was an action and a sending-off. It can happen in football.”Tottenham finish their Group B campaign with the return against PSV at Wembley, another home tie against Internazionale and a trip to Barcelona. “It is nearly over,” Pochettino said. “We only have one point. It will be very difficult. We need to win the three games we have to play and also have some results that help us.”The midfielder Christian Eriksen said: “It feels like a defeat. We should have finished the game off with all the chances we created. A few mistakes led to their equaliser. The referee didn’t want to give us a goal, it was a proper goal [by Sánchez]. I know Harry wasn’t offside. Everything went against us. With the referee today, anything could have happened. It went against us but we should have finished the game off – we made it difficult for ourselves.“There are not many games to play in the Champions Leagueand we threw it away. We played good football but if you can’t finish the game off then every game is going to be really tough. It was a must-win and we didn’t get the win. Our hopes of qualification are very far off.” Hugo Lloris sees red as PSV thwart Tottenham in Champions League draw Share on Twitter Share via Emaillast_img read more