Swimmers face late nights at Rio Games

first_imgKAZAN, Russia (AP):One prominent swimming coach called it “irresponsible”. Another labelled it a “business decision”.World governing body FÈdÈration Internationale de Natation (FINA), meanwhile, placed the onus on the International Olympic Committee (IOC).Whatever the factors at play, the bottom line for swimmers is this: They’ll be competing until or after midnight at next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Finals will begin at 10 p.m. local time – about four hours later than swimmers are used to. To compensate, what are usually known as ‘morning’ heats will begin at 1 p.m.”We will prepare for it, but it’s a pretty irresponsible decision that has been made,” Australia head coach Jacco Verhaeren told The Associated Press.The schedule will suit the North American television audience with Rio one hour ahead of New York and four ahead of the US West Coast. It also suits Asia, where late-evening events in Rio happen in the morning the next day and may extend into the early afternoon.EUROPEANAUDIENCEAudiences in Europe, however, will be virtually shut out.”We said no. But it’s not us who decides,” FINA executive director Cornel Marculescu said before Sunday’s end of the World Championships, which had a more traditional 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. schedule. “It’s an IOC event and we have to respect it. We have to adapt. … Television is very important for everybody.”The schedule will be toughest on multi-event swimmers and, medallists. After post-race interviews, a news conference and a doping test, competitors might not return to the athletes’ village until the early hours of the morning.”Normally at two, three in the morning in the athletes’ village there’s a skeleton staff and there’s not a lot of (food) choice,” said Cameron van der Burgh, the South African hoping to defend his 100-metre breaststroke title in Rio.FINA is working to ensure that swimmers will be lodged on the top floors in the village to avoid disturbances and let them sleep later than other athletes.TEMPORARYPOOLS”The quality of food, availability of food and transportation will be assured,” Marculescu said. “And there will be two temporary pools in the village for training. … We are trying to facilitate as much as possible.”Swimming won’t be the only sport with late start times in Rio. Beach volleyball, volleyball and basketball games are also slated to run past midnight.The swimming schedule brings to mind the morning finals at the 2008 Beijing Games, enabling Michael Phelps’ record haul of eight golds to be seen live in prime time on NBC in the United States.”Who knows what will happen in 2020?” said John Rudd, coach of Lithuanian breaststroke standout Ruta Meilutyte. “At least we know and we’re not being told about it six weeks before. Plenty of time to prepare.””Sport is also a business,” Rudd added. “Everyone has to make sensible business decisions, as well as sensible athlete decisions, and there’s a balance there. Whether they got the balance right, that’s a matter of opinion. But for this sport to survive, we’ve got to take money where it is.”last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: Roberts complains of malfunctioning electoral machines

first_img As Holness did earlier, Roberts expressed concern about the slow pace of the electoral machines being used in seven of the 63 constituencies, complaining that they are frustrating the electoral process. But unlike Holness, Roberts was fuming. He charged that some of the machines are malfunctioning. This, he said, has slowed up the process considerably. As such, Roberts charged that persons administering the electoral process in the constituency are taking as much as half hour per voter. Patrick Roberts, the man who has been chosen by the People’s National Party (PNP) to unseat leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness in St Andrew West Central is very displeased. Both Holness and Roberts crossed path at the Dupont Primary School, located on Olympic Way in the constituency.last_img read more

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Antetokounmpo still rushes out of Bucks dugout after bad games

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments ADVERTISEMENT Photo by: Tristan Tamayo /Inquirer.netMilwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, as Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated revealed, has a habit of storming of his team’s locker room after his bad games.Drenched in sweat and still wearing his home jersey, Antetokounmpo would drive to a far away gym and shoot jumpers and let his frustrations out before going home.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Durant’s MVP prediction a ‘great compliment’ for Antetokoumpo MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ And Antetokoumpo said Sunday he does that as to prevent himself from facing his family while he’s in a bad mood. “It’s a way to just clear my mind and take my frustrations away from my family and not take my frustrations back home,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability for “Greek Freak Invades Manila,” a charity event King Bally Entertainment Group organized.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Antetokounmpo, who won the 2017 Most Improved Player of the Year award, said it doesn’t matter if he had a high-scoring game but if his team lost he will put on extra work before going home. “Sometimes I can have 30 points and still think it’s a bad game for me because I did not do what I was supposed to do to help my team win,” said Antetokoumpo, who developed that habit when he was younger. “It was all about ‘oh if I made this shot I was open but I did not make it so I will go the gym and shoot more so I can make it in the future,” said Antetokounmpo.RELATED VIDEO LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Liberia Celebrates World Athletics Day

first_imgThe Liberia Athletics Federation has released the calendar of activities for this year’s World Athletics Day celebration, which will take place on Friday, May 23, 2014 in Upper Caldwell, Montserrado County with the theme “Athletics for a Better World”.According to a release from the LAF Secretariat, six schools will take part in the day-long events. The schools are Samuka Town Public School, Upper Caldwell Community School, Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute, Bright Foundation School, St. James Elementary School and Reggie Thomas AcademyThe release said each school will be represented by sixteen athletes, with eight boys and eight girls in separate age range. Group one will consist of athletes in the Kid Athletics category from age 7 – 12; four boys and four girls and Group two Youth category, age 13 – 15, four boys and four girls.A total of 96 youths and kid athletes with a composition of 48 in each group are expected to feature in the 2014 World Athletics Day celebration.The LAF release further said that there will be six stations in the  in the Kids Athletics Exhibition in the following events; Formula 1, Sprint and Hurdle, Overhead Back Throw, Kids Javelin, Skipping Rope, and Long Pole Jump. The Youth Competition will feature events such as 50m. 50m Hurdles, 1000m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Javelin, and Relay 4 x 50 m.This year’s celebration will bring together hundreds of residents of the Township of Caldwell.This year marks the 19th Edition of the WAD Celebration of which over 123 IAAF member Federations will be celebrating.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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MSME Conference Features 50 Entrepreneurs: All Get Business Training, 1-year Tax Clearance

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf will today, November 17, officially open the Ministry of Commerce and Industry’s Small Business Administration (SBA) flagship 2015 Micro Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) Conference in Monrovia.The conference will bring together 50 Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) from all over Liberia. All 50 SMEs exhibiting at the fair will receive The World Bank Group business edge training and a one-year year tax clearance to facilitate contracts.The conference is also intended to showcase the Innovation Hall where young entrepreneurs will showcase their products with awards for the best innovators. This year’s Annual MSME Conference is the flagship of the Ministry of Commerce SBA with support from the Government of Japan, in partnership with USAID-Fed, Lone Star Cell MTN, Building Markets, IBEX-Liberia, Single Sparks, Business Start-up Center and the Agency for Economic Development and Empowerment (AEDE). Other supporters include Ecobank-Liberia, LBDI, the West African Venture Fund, Global Bank Liberia Limited, etc.The President, who will be accompanied by her Cabinet, members of the Legislature and the Judiciary, will address over five hundred Liberian owned business men and women, business executives, local and international partners, diplomatic corps, youths and cross-section of people at the Monrovia City Hall. The theme for this year’s conference is “From Vision to Implementation, Buying Liberian, Building Liberia,” with special focus on youth innovation for economic empowerment.Serving as keynote speaker is a young Liberian entrepreneur and Bronson Fellow, Mr. Mahmud Johnson, general manager of J-Palm, a palm oil manufacturing company that utilizes made-in-Liberia technology and innovation to deliver high quality palm oil on the Liberian market.Since its inception in 2013, the SBA MSME Conference has focused on different topics and allowed SMEs to explore partnerships and receive financing to expand their operations. The conference has facilitated over US$1 million in investments in SMEs with new innovations such as the Liberia Innovation Fund for entrepreneurs and the Liberian Marketplace. Each year the conference has a specific focus. Last year various topics were covered, including ‘Entrepreneurship Development, Access to Finance and Access to Markets.’Like last year, this year, all 50 SMEs that exhibit in the fair will receive The World Bank Group business edge training and a one-year year tax clearance to facilitate contracts. In 2014, “Agriculture” was the topic where the President issued Executive Order #64 under which SMEs in the agriculture sector benefited from tariff exemption on certain agricultural equipment or implements.This year’s conference will be a capacity building conference, networking and business linkage event, aimed at providing a forum for Liberian youth to participate in a comprehensive E-Plus/business plan competition for emerging starts up MSMEs.It will select the First Class of E-Plus Entrepreneurs to benefit from the Liberian Innovative Fund for Entrepreneurs (LIFE-Fund) and World Bank Group Business Edge Training. The E-Plus First Class will go through entrepreneurship development and mentoring for a two year period and each entrepreneur will receive up to US$10,000 to start their businesses. The conference will be climaxed with the award dinner on November 18 to be followed by the Liberian Experience Concert and Wear Your Pride Fashion.In a related development, in celebration of the passing of the Intellectual Property Law and various treaties, a special concert organized by Blue Links Promotions artists will pay tribute to Liberian legends Miatta Fahnbulleh, Tecumsay Roberts, Zack and Gebah among others on November 18th at the Monrovia City Hall Theatre from 9pm to 11:00PM. During the performance, the Wear Your Pride promoting young designers’ use of the Lofa (Country) Cloth will take place, organized by Hon. Munah P. Youngblood, where students and are encouraged to participate.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘He’s got a lot of character’ – Newcastle legend Keegan heaps praise on Pardew

first_imgKevin Keegan has praised the ‘character’ shown by Alan Pardew and hailed the Newcastle board for sticking by their under-fire manager.Pardew’s popularity on Tyneside plummeted to an all-time low after a woeful start to the season, which followed a disappointing end to the last campaign.But the patience of owner Mike Ashley has been rewarded in recent weeks, with the Mapgies securing victories over Leicester, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool to transform the mood around St James’ Park.“Four games ago there was despair around Newcastle,” Keegan, a legendary figure at the club after spells as a player and manager, told Press Association Sport.“He’s been under pressure for a long time, since Christmas at least. They’ve persevered with him for whatever reason, and that’s worked out to their advantage.“The one thing that’s obvious is that the team’s behind him: you don’t go to places like Tottenham and Man City and win, or Liverpool at home when they desperately needed a result, without having great team spirit. So that’s what Alan’s got, he’s got a lot of character.”Keegan, who led Newcastle to within a whisker of the Premier League title in 1996, believes the club can now profit from the decision not to dismiss Pardew.“Remember it was only two years ago he was manager of the year so things do change quickly in football,” said Keegan, who was launching the GoFest initiative at Surrey Sports Park.“But sometimes you have to give people who’ve done it before a little bit more patience, and just respect the fact that actually they’ve done better than this.“Sometimes you’re going to hit brick walls in football, you’re going to lose key players, you’re going to sell players you shouldn’t sell maybe, that Newcastle did with (Yohan) Cabaye in particular.“But for Alan I’m really pleased, as an ex-manager of Newcastle, you don’t like to see managers just leaving the club every three to six months like some clubs.“I think the board there have got the rewards for sticking by him: and now they’ve got to keep it going.“They are halfway up the table, and they are not that far off the top six now strangely enough. They can certainly harness this now to kick on and build again.” 1 Alan Pardew last_img read more

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John Carver backed by fellow Premier League manager

first_img Newcastle head coach John Carver 1 Swansea manager Garry Monk has sympathised with under-fire Newcastle head coach John Carver’s position at St James’ Park.Carver replaced Alan Pardew in December but has managed just two victories in charge and has overseen a six-match losing run as well as a fifth consecutive defeat to local rivals Sunderland.But Monk has sided with the 50-year-old ahead of the Welsh outfit’s visit of St James’ Park on Saturday, claiming it is difficult to take over the reins at a Premier League club midway through the season.“I was in that position at the end of last season, although maybe it’s a little bit different because John’s been a coach for a number of years and has got that experience,” said Monk.“But in terms of taking over at a difficult moment for the club and trying to get results straight away, it’s similar.“The times I’ve met him, he’s a fantastic guy with a lot of experience, he speaks well and is pushing his players to get the best. That’s in his character, and you see that in his interviews.“I have sympathy for him in a way because as a manager you have to get results, but I’m sure he is giving 100 per cent and putting all his knowledge and experience into it.”Sections of Magpies supporters opted to boycott the club’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday and are planning a similar protest against owner Mike Ashley this weekend.But Monk claims the backdrop to the game will have no bearing on the match.“As a player there’s nothing you can do about that – you have to concentrate on your football.“No player goes out on the pitch without the intention of giving his best and I’m sure all the Newcastle fans will be thinking that.“They’ll want to put on a display and do well in front of their crowd and bounce back from recent results, and as a player you are there to perform.”last_img read more

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FEATURE: HSE UNVEILS AMAZING WOODWORK OF NEURO-REHAB GROUP

first_imgOne of the lovely woodwork pieces made by the group.The Donegal Community Neuro-rehab woodwork group was set up to promote health and wellbeing through meaningful activity.It is a rehabilitation group for client’s with acquired brain injuries. There is a famous rehabilitation quote which states “Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energised by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health” (Mary Reilly, 1961).Certain skills can be more easily assessed and developed using woodwork activities, for example, a wide range of cognitive, perceptual, and physical skills are required to complete a woodwork project. The project can be adapted and the tools used can be varied to develop these range of skills. Woodwork is an activity that interests the clients. The process of engagement and the end-products created inspire motivation, confidence and self-efficacy.The group consists of six clients, one to two woodwork facilitators, one Acquired Brain Injury support worker and one Occupational Therapist.The group meets once a week for two and half hours. They spend thirty minutes at the start and end of the session planning their projects, discussing any issues, brainstorming solutions and generating ideas for the future development of the club. The group creates various projects out of wood, from garden benches to fruit bowls and pens.When asked to state what the woodwork group meant to them the clients made the following comments * “It gets me active. If you don’t keep active, you will fall into bad health. Its good to have a focus in the day”* “it gets me out of the house and doing something that I enjoy. I like working on projects that interest me”* “It gives me an opportunity to think of project ideas and how to go about making them, and the tools and assistance and work space to make them”* “The group has helped improve my motivation levels in general. It has inspired me to take on extra projects at home which I have been doing”* “It has helped me to stay focused on a project for nearly two hours” * “It has helped me to deal with and understand my memory difficulties”Check out the various items available as advertised on their facebook page “Donegal Woodwork Club”. All of these can be made to order. All proceeds are used to invest in more materials and tools. FEATURE: HSE UNVEILS AMAZING WOODWORK OF NEURO-REHAB GROUP was last modified: December 1st, 2015 by StephenShare 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:donegalHSEneuro-rehabwoodworklast_img read more

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MAN’S CAR FLIPPED ONTO ITS ROOF AFTER HE FLED GARDA CHECKPOINT

first_imgA young mechanic fled from a Garda checkpoint before flipping his car onto its roof following a mile-long chase.Dean Doherty, from Letterkenny, did a u-turn when he came across Gardai at Crieve Glebe on April 25th last.20 year old Doherty, of 6 Iona Road, appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with having no insurance and no valid NCT certificate. Garda Inspector John O’Toole told the court that pursuing Gardai found Doherty’s car on its roof after it had struck a ditch about a mile form the original checkpoint.Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client accepted full responsibility for what had happened.He said he had purchased a ticket to travel and work in America but had delayed his trip due to the court case.He still planned to go to Boston in the New Year and there was an offer of work there for him.Mr Gallagher suggested Doherty would benefit immensely from the Pro-Social Driver’s Course.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until November 10th for a probation report.MAN’S CAR FLIPPED ONTO ITS ROOF AFTER HE FLED GARDA CHECKPOINT was last modified: September 13th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:checkpointcourtDean DohertyGardaIona RoadJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

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Sultana routs Apple Valley, 35-7

first_img The Sultans were equally effective on defense, forcing three turnovers that converted into 21 points “This is our best game as a team,” Olsen said. HESPERIA – Sultana would be happy to keep the results it laid out Thursday night. Senior tailback Jace Olsen weaved in and out of Apple Valley’s defense for three touchdowns and 264 yards rushing as the Sultans went on to defeat the Sun Devils, 35-7, in the Mojave River League opener for both teams seen by 2,000 at Jay Reed Field. “I owe all my yards to them,” Olsen said. “We were running so well, I wanted to throw more,” Sultana coach Zane Sweeney said. “But if it’s not broke, why fix it?” The Sultans’ defense kept Apple Valley from getting into the game. They recovered a fumble on the Sun Devils’ third play of the game and Olsen was in the end zone with his 10-yard run three plays later. “That was huge,” Zane Sweeney said. Sultana’s Tim Schilling made his fourth interception of the season and would have had a touchdown were it not for a penalty on his 32-yard return. The Sultans got a TD out of the turnover with Holden’s 1-yard scoring run capping an eight-play drive with 2 minutes, 25 seconds left in the game. Apple Valley quarterback Armando Nunez’ 41-yard touchdown pass to Corry Johnson with 4:31 in the third quarter put a temporary charge in the Sun Devils, as it cut Sultana’s lead to 21-7. Olsen’s 7-yard TD four minutes later turned the Sun Devils’ cheer to gloom. The Sun Devils’ Anthony Ambers was held to 70 yards on 24 carries. “We can bounce back and be 5-2 as long as we concentrate on not turning the ball over,” Pulice said, referring to their next game, a home game vs. Hesperia on Oct. 21. Sultana, meanwhile, travels Oct. 21 to Serrano, the defending CIF-Southern Section Division VIII champion and MRL titlist for the last seven seasons. “The king of the High Desert,” Sweeney said. “It’s a great program up there. We’ll do the best we can.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Olsen ran for touchdowns of 10, 36 and 7 yards. Teammate Wade Holden added TD runs of 15 and 1 yards as Sultana (5-1 overall, 1-0 MRL) earned its fifth consecutive victory. The Sultans’ only loss was by one point at Palm Desert in their season opener. The Sun Devils (4-2, 0-1) had a four-game winning streak snapped. “Twenty-one points off turnovers,” Apple Valley coach Frank Pulice said. “You can’t do that with anybody. You’ll get hurt. “We needed to control the clock.” Sultana’s offensive line did just that. Three-year starting left tackle Matt Crider, left guard Josh Crider, center Zack Sweeney,right guard Justin Collins, right tackle Jacob Finerty and tight ends Chris Burks and Bryce Lynch opened enough holes for the Sultans to total up 307 yards on the ground. last_img read more

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