Tokyo 2020: IOC Sets Deadline for Decision on Games Amid Coronavirus

first_img Sharing is caring! CoronavirusEntertainmentInternationalNews Tokyo 2020: IOC Sets Deadline for Decision on Games Amid Coronavirus by: – March 23, 2020 Share 39 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share (BBC) The International Olympic Committee is considering a postponement of Tokyo 2020, and has given itself a deadline of four weeks to make a decision.The IOC’s executive board met on Sunday amid mounting pressure from athletes and national Olympic committees for the Games to be delayed because of the coronavirus crisis.“In light of the worldwide deteriorating situation… the executive board has today initiated the next step in the IOC’s scenario-planning,” it said in a statement.“These scenarios relate to modifying existing operational plans for the Games to go ahead on 24 July 2020, and also for changes to the start date of the Games.”Cancellation is “not on the agenda”, said the IOC, but a “scaled-down” Games will also be considered.However, postponement – by either several months or probably a whole year – is thought to be the most likely outcome.The development marks a significant shift by the IOC, which as recently as five days ago said it was “fully committed” to the Tokyo 2020 Games.British Olympic Association (BOA) chairman Sir Hugh Robertson said: “We welcome the IOC executive board decision to review the options in respect of a postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.“However, we urge rapid decision-making for the sake of athletes who still face significant uncertainty.“Restrictions now in place have removed the ability of athletes to compete on a level playing field and it simply does not seem appropriate to continue on the present course towards the Olympic Games in the current environment.”The International Paralympic Committee said it “fully supports” the decision to “investigate potential scenarios”.Dame Katherine Grainger, chair of UK Sport, said the news was “inevitable” and it was “the correct decision for the safety of athletes, staff and fans”.Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “It is right that the IOC seriously considers postponing the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.“The health and safety of athletes, sports fans and officials due to work at the Games is absolutely paramount. We would welcome the IOC making a definitive decision soon, to bring clarity to all those involved.”On Tuesday the BOA, the British Paralympic Association and UK Sport will host a conference call with the chief executives and performance directors of summer Olympic and Paralympic sports.Athlete representative bodies will also be invited to join the call, which will primarily be used to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, such as the closure of elite training facilities.The IOC added: “There is a dramatic increase in cases and new outbreaks of Covid-19 in different countries on different continents. This led the executive board to the conclusion that the IOC needs to take the next step in its scenario-planning.“The IOC will, in full coordination and partnership with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, start detailed discussions to complete its assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including the scenario of postponement.“The IOC executive board emphasised that a cancellation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 would not solve any of the problems or help anybody.”In a letter to athletes published on Sunday, IOC president Thomas Bach said that “we are in a dilemma” and “a final decision about the date of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 now would still be premature”.He added that to postpone the Games “is an extremely complex challenge” and a cancellation would “destroy the Olympic dream of 11,000 athletes”.In terms of a postponement, Bach warned: “A number of critical venues needed for the Games could potentially not be available anymore.“The situations with millions of nights already booked in hotels is extremely difficult to handle, and the international sports calendar for at least 33 Olympic sports would have to be adapted. These are just a few of many, many more challenges.”UK Athletics, its US counterpart, and several national Olympic governing bodies have urged the IOC in recent days to delay the Games.last_img read more

Club, community mourns loss

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Fireworks cause a stir

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MP pays tribute to supporters

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Vodafone Release Short Film Ahead of the Guinness Six Nations

first_imgVodafone Ireland has released ‘Everyone In’ the next phase of the brand’s ‘Team Of Us’ sponsorship of Irish Rugby. ‘Everyone In’ launches with a celebratory online film which is as an open invitation to all Irish people to join in and stand with the Irish rugby team. The film takes a journey across Ireland and beyond, taking in its people and culture while showing the unique relationship between the sport and the country. In the film we see people and players from the four corners of Ireland and across the globe, with cameo roles being delivered from diverse sources such as Joe Schmidt and cultural icon Bosco. The campaign’s latest iteration launches ahead of Ireland’s defence of their Guinness Six Nations crown and will evolve through to the Rugby World Cup in Japan.WATCH SHORT FILM HERE Check out the  Vodafone Ireland Facebook page for all the latest #TeamOfUs news.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Huskies remain undefeated after 4-2 victory over Flyers on Friday night

first_imgAssistant captain Josh Robinson said, “Coming off a win on Friday night is going to be good for us Saturday. Dawson Creek has a lot of speed and is a team we have to keep an eye on in the standings.”The Huskies next game is a visit to Dawson Creek tonight as they clash with the Jr. Canucks. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Fort St. John Huskies improved their record to 4-0 after Friday night’s victory over the Fairview Flyers.Jonathan Bateman would get his third start of season in net for the Huskies. The first period saw the Huskies establish their style of game over the vistors. The home side would find the back of the net at 12:13 courtesy Christian Stokes shot from the slot that beat the Flyers netminder high to the blocker side. Jeridyn Loewen and Josh Robinson collected the assists. The Huskies outshot the Flyers by a count of 12-2 as they took their dominating play into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead.The second stanza was very similar to the first as Josh Robinson would deposit a rebound to make it 2-0 at 7:22 of the second, with the helpers going to Matthew Apsassin and Jared Loewen. Not even a minute later Nolan Legace would finish off an easy tap in after some great passing between Geoff Dick and Gary Loewen to make the score 3-0. Shots after two were 26 for the Huskies and 16 for Fairview.- Advertisement -The final frame saw the Flyers push back until they finally beat Bateman with two quick goals at 10:25 and 11:26 to make it interesting at 3-2. However the energetic city boys would keep their composer as Gary Loewen would make it 4-2 just over 2 minutes later with a deflection under the bar on a shot from inside the blue line by Nolan Legace, Jeridyn Loewen got the other assist.Goaltender Jonathan Bateman is now 3-0 on the season after stopping 22-24 shots. The Huskies fired 34 shots of their own on the opposing netminder.The Huskies would finish 0-3 on the man advantage while Fairview would go 1-7 on the powerplay.Advertisement Gary Loewen, Josh Robinson and Nolan Legace each picked up a goal an a assist. Jeridyn Loewen chipped in with a pair of assists.Assistant Coach Todd Alexander said, “It was a little up and down, offensively we were really good. In the first period defensively we were really good, we gave up two shots. As the game went along we got a little bit looser and we starting cheating a little more which allowed them to score two goals.”Goaltender Jonathan Bateman added, “In the first two periods we were all over them. In the third we let up a bit and allowed them to get back into the game. We gotta keep our heads in it going into the third, if we clean that up we will be fine. We want to get to the point where teams should fear playing us.”The team now heads to Dawson Creek for a date with the Jr. Canucks tonight.Advertisementlast_img read more

Massive HIV-testing drive for SA

first_imgA major HIV counselling and testing campaign set to reach 15 million South Africans is due to kick off in South Africa this month. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, For more freephotos visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nono Simelane SA National Aids Council +27 11 655 7000 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Loving life, fighting Aids • Hunger strike against HIV • Bold new HIV/Aids plan for SA • R13m boost for HIV clinic in SANosimilo RamelaA major HIV counselling and testing campaign will be launched in South Africa this April. Recognised as the most comprehensive in the world to date, the drive aims to have 15-million South Africans tested by June 2011.The initiative, which is being led by the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) and government, will run until the end of 2011, when the National Strategic Plan on HIV and Aids is concluded.Speaking at a Sanac meeting in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on 17 March, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said: “The main objectives of the campaign are to encourage South Africans to know their HIV status; to equip those who test HIV-negative with ways of ensuring that they do not get HIV; to increase health-seeking behaviour; and to create a quick and easy entry point to accessing wellness and treatment services for those who test HIV-positive.From April 15, everyone who visits one of the 4 300 health facilities in the country will be offered an HIV test, regardless of whether they show symptoms or not, the minister added.Previously only pregnant women and people showing symptoms of HIV were given the option of being tested, while others had to volunteer and request a test.“I don’t have a feeling that South Africans understand that the biggest weapon against HIV must be prevention,” Motsoaledi said. “The mainstay of the fight against any disease is to prevent it from happening.”The Department of Health will raise funds for testing kits to be supplied to all health centres. “Health facilities won’t be expected to provide those,” the minister said.According to the Health Department, there are currently more than 5-million people living with HIV/Aids in South Africa – out of a population of 49-million.In the 2010/11 national budget, presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the Department of Health’s HIV/Aids allocation increased by 33% from the previous year.Compared to budgets for other departments, 33% is the highest increase, said Motsoaledi.But “we can’t keep on increasing by 33%. We have got to cut the rate of infection. That’s where the issue of prevention comes in,” he said.“If we keep on increasing [the budget] we will reach a situation in South Africa where the whole budget must go to the treatment of HIV/Aids, and I don’t think any country can afford that. So, our war of prevention is extraordinarily important.”Private-public partnershipLocal business has shown great support for the drive. “We fully endorse and support government’s campaign, its targets and the keen focus on HIV prevention,” said Brad Mears, CEO of The South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (Sabcoha), which works with the private sector in combating the epidemic.Mears said his organisation would establish workplace wellness facilities to provide HIV counselling and testing.“You don’t have to be a scientist to know that prevention is better than cure at all times. But if you have failed to prevent it and it has happened, you have to treat it. We do accept that the fact that we have got so many people on treatment, might be the failure of prevention,” Motsoaledi said.last_img read more

Helping young people beat drug abuse

first_img6 June 2013 Young people in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria learned about the effects of alcohol and drug abuse as the Department of Trade and Industry’s National Liquor Authority kicked off its Youth Month campaign on Wednesday. Youngsters from Mamelodi and its surrounds came out in their numbers to learn about the opportunities available to help them turn their lives around in a positive manner. Those who attended the session were given an opportunity to interact with officials from the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and the Gauteng Liquor Board, who emphasised the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. They were advised on how to use their skills so to participate in the economy by creating their own employment. Alternatives like the formation of cooperatives and the formalisation and registration of businesses were presented to the young people by the Companies and Intellectual Properties Commission (CIPC). The DTI said the campaign aimed to encourage young people to use their time and energy to grapple constructively with the challenges that they face, such as unemployment and HIV/Aids The Liquor Act of 2003, which is administered by the National Liquor Authority (NLA), requires the department to take steps to reduce the socio-economic costs of alcohol abuse in the country. The Act also requires the NLA to promote the development of a sustainable liquor industry in a manner that instils the ethos of social responsibility. Source: read more

Semantic Search Engine Gets Help from Facebook Friends

first_imgPerhaps the biggest problem with natural language search is that it’s incredibly difficult to try and automate machine-assigned ontologies. Essentially, machines just don’t get it. This is precisely the reason why Canadian technologist Bruce Johnson switched his focus from semantic tagging to a new style of search. Says Johnson, “Machines don’t really deconstruct language well. They miss so many of the ambiguities and they often don’t pick up on synonyms.” As a result, Johnson’s Semanti was built in the belief that humans are best at determining search relevancy. ReadWriteWeb spoke to Johnson, about how his start up, differs from some of the semantic web’s more-recognized players like Hakia and Powerset.Most semantic search services are natural language search engines; however, Semanti employs a system of personal bookmarks, a drop-down menu with multiple definitions, and search recommendations pulled from Facebook friends. Semanti actually increases relevancy by introducing human eyes and opinions into the search process. Semanti’s search experience is incredibly different than natural language search engines. Firstly, Semanti is not a separate engine, but a Firefox plug-in to be used with Google, Yahoo or Bing. This means that users are not being asked to change the habit of visiting their preferred search engine. Secondly, every time you type terms into your preferred engine, Semanti Suggest automatically provides a drop down menu of possible definitions. The search term “apple” offers the fruit, the company, the car, the record label, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s uniquely named baby. From here, users choose the relevant definition and results from alternate definitions are omitted. This portion of the search is particularly useful if you are looking for one of the seemingly obscure definitions. Additionally, Semanti uses a series of bookmarks to further categorize results. Users install the Semanti browser plug-in and bookmark the pages they are likely to revisit. However, unlike regular web-based bookmarks, Semanti’s MyWeb stores the entire page’s text and the original search terms. Later, when the same page is needed, Semanti scans the bookmarked pages and offers them at the top of search results. This means that the more you search, the more relevant your results are likely to be. Once you’ve saved a few pages to MyWeb, you can also increase search relevancy through Semanti Social Search. Semanti Social Search is a web-based community where you can invite your Facebook friends to share their MyWeb bookmarks. Once a friend has accepted your invitation, you’ve got access to their search results in addition to your own. Now every time you search, Semanti offers your bookmarks and your friends’ bookmarks at the top of search results. Below your friends’ bookmarks, you can also view bookmarks from the Semanti community. Or if you’d like to turn off these suggestions, Semanti also offers you that option as well. Semanti is clearly a new approach to finding information. The drop down definitions are very likely to speed research efforts; however, because the social search component is dependent on our friends, it will be interesting to see how results emerge over time. It’s always a celebration of human achievement to see a community effectively “harness the wisdom of the crowds”; however, there’s always a chance that a good thing can be destroyed by the ignorance of the masses. The community will just have to be discerning with their invitations. Semanti is currently available in French and English and the team of nine plans to roll out additional language versions in the coming months. To install Semanti and test drive the product yourself, visit A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Everything You Need to Know About Finances for Your Startup

first_imgTravel. If you need to go to a conference or on a business trip far from home, make sure you keep all of the receipts.Fully tax deductible.  Advertising. Whether you try and get the word out through the Google Ad network, Facebook ads, or traditional snail mail, the costs are fully deductible. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Business lunches. The government will pay 50% of your business lunches, as long as the expense can be substantiated (just check the small print first).Aim for Market Rate Pay Most entrepreneurs won’t give themselves a salary. They’ll work day in, day out, and take a little bit of money when they desperately need it and the company can afford it. It makes sense; you’re just starting off, why waste cash?The problem with this ethos is that it creates an unsustainable business model and an unworkable financial picture. Long term, it just doesn’t work. You should either pay yourself what your role demands or fit it into your short-term financial plans.Expect a Rainy Day You have a fantastic idea. The buzz seems promising. People are buying what you’re selling. It’s all looking good. Until it doesn’t. No matter how good you are at your job or how rosy things look, there’s almost always a bump in the road somewhere.Budget for a rainy day. Keep a buffer for the times when cash flow isn’t good. Retain quality employees even if you’re going through a rough couple of months. Keep your doors open while you weather the storm. Having a rainy day fund will get you out of the tough spots, so make sure you build a decent one.Even If You Know Everything, It’s Still Hard! Startups are exciting, liberating, and have the promise to give you professional satisfaction and making you (potentially) millions of dollars. On the flip side, running a business isn’t a cakewalk.Even if you know everything there is to know about startup finance, it’s not going to be an easy ride. With that in mind, equip yourself to deal with those difficult days. Keep learning about the dollar side of things as often as time allows. And don’t be afraid to call in the experts when you need to. Reasons to Outsource General Counsel Services f… Theodora Evans How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culturecenter_img Related Posts Theodora is a passionate blogger from Sydney and she is someone you would call an IT nerd. Also, she takes great interest in psychology and helping people deal with their mental and anxiety issues. Besides that, she loves martial arts and enjoying the nature. Tags:#finances#small business#startups brGetting a startup off the ground isn’t easy. Instead of focusing solely on your baby, as in the actual product or service that you’re selling, you’ll also have to deal with administrative headaches. Managing your startup finances is one of these necessary evils. Here’s everything you need to know about finances for your startup.As a business owner, you’re going to have to get involved with the financial side of things. There are no two ways about it. Here’s what you need to know to steer your company’s finances in the right direction.Manage Your Finances Entrepreneurs will generally do everything except manage their finances properly. Making money is obviously a major concern and often a big driver in starting the business, but actually taking care of the day to day finances tends to take a backseat. And that’s a recipe for disaster.Managing your finances should be one of your top priorities. No “We need to focus on our product,” no, “I’m not a money person,” or “We’ll figure out the finer details later.” In short, no excuses. Manage your cash or you’ll go out of business, period.Your Accountant is ImportantI’ve already emphasized that managing your money is super important. Accountancy deserves its own headline, as it’s the crux around which your financial health will be measured. Without it, your paperwork will be a mess, the IRS will start sending you threatening letters, and you won’t have a clue about how much money you really have.Of course, a startup doesn’t always have the cash reserves to spend money on a fancy (and generally quite expensive) accountant. In the beginning, you’ll be able to do it in-house. You’ll need to brush up on your skills, however, and a course that covers the accountancy essentials should be plenty for Year one, either for yourself or for one of your designated employees. Once your numbers start getting a bit more complicated, hire a pro.Expensive Credit = Big No No You’re just starting out, which means you need money. And quickly. Trust me, as a former small business owner, I get it. When banks and credit card companies start sending you leaflets offering you a bunch of money and all you need to do is fill in a form, it’s easy to fall prey to temptation.I’m going to spell it out with some big letters (just to put some extra emphasis and also to be slightly annoying): NEVER GO FOR EXPENSIVE CREDIT.  It’ll (almost always) end in tears. If you’re relying on credit to get your business off the ground, you’ll likely run out of money before you can start paying it back.Keep Your Expenses LowWorking out of your basement or getting a cool office? Hiring a battalion of employees or working 18-hour days and hiring freelancers? Logo designed by expensive hipsters or something you got off Fiverr?These are choices you’ll be faced with, and while I’m not saying you should cut corners at every opportunity, keeping costs low, to begin with, are key to survival. You don’t want to burn through your finances in the first few months, nor do you want to get saddled with long-term contracts you can’t get out of. Spend money when you need to, but don’t be frivolous.Don’t Merge Personal and Business There’s business, and then there’s personal. They always say you should never mix the two, and ‘they’ are right. When you launch your startup, you’ll need a commercial bank account. For any business expenses, use this account only. Never, ever, use your personal bank account to cover any expenses. Even if it’s a short bridging loan or a matter of convenience. There are simple reasons for this:1) You won’t be tempted to make it a regular occurrence and2) It makes doing your taxes a lot more straightforward.Know Your Tax Deductions Tax deductions can seriously lower your expenses. You should know them inside out, or hire an expert who does. You’ll be surprised by the type of things you can include:Utilities. You can deduct electricity, gas, cell phones, internet connection, you name it. And yes, you can even claim this stuff if you work out of a home office.  China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who …last_img read more