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Asian football body extends virus shutdown indefinitely

first_imgTopics : Football was one of the first sports affected by travel restrictions prompted by the coronavirus, which has now forced the blanket stoppage of professional sporting events worldwide. The Asian Football Confederation announced Tuesday the indefinite postponement because of the coronavirus of all matches scheduled for May and June, plunging the AFC Champions League into further disarray.The region’s premier club competition was put on hold in March as the pandemic spread, and the latest reshuffle means the 32-team group stage will have to be completed in July before the already-postponed knock-out rounds start a month later.”Following the continued preventive measures and travel restrictions put in place by several governments, the Asian Football Confederation has decided today to postpone all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice,” an AFC statement said.center_img “As one of the first confederations in world football to undertake precautionary measures in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the latest decision reinforces the AFC’s commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of players, participating teams, officials, fans and all stakeholders.”Less than two of the six rounds of group-stage matches have been completed so far, meaning the competition will face severe congestion even if it returns in July.The extended shutdown also affects the two-legged women’s Olympic qualifying play-off between China and South Korea, which had already been moved to June 1 and 9. June qualifiers for the men’s 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup had already been postponed.last_img read more

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Melanie Miller Named First SPSCC Volleyball Coach

first_img“I am looking forward to being the first volleyball coach here at SPSCC,” Miller said. “It is not often that you get the opportunity to build a program from the ground up; now how exciting is that?! It is a dream come true! I am so passionate about volleyball and I am so excited to give back to the sport because it has given me so much.”With more than 17 years experience as a volleyball player and more than 6 years coaching experience, Miller is eager get the program off to a strong start quickly.South Puget Sound Community College will expand their athletics department to include volleyball for the Fall 2016 season.“My goals are to have a competitive program from the start,” Miller said. “I want to surpass any low expectations anyone may have due to the program just starting. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a part of a brand new team and I want to build a team that is proud to represent the Clippers nation.”A native of Long Beach, California, Miller moved to Hillsboro, Oregon, at a young age. There, she attended Liberty High School before spending a year at Western Oregon University. She then transferred to Concordia University in Portland where she earned her bacherlor’s degree in social work. Miller spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, helping lead the team to a second-place finish at last year’s Northwest Athletic Conference volleyball championships. She also coached club teams and numerous summer camps, skills camps and conditioning camps.SPSCC Director of Athletics Nick Schmidt said there are many reasons Miller was the right choice to lead SPSCC’s first volleyball team.“She’s a Pacific Northwest local and knows first-hand that this area produces high quality volleyball talent,” Schmidt said. “She knows what it takes to compete, recruit and be successful in the NWAC. And she comes from one of the more successful athletic programs in the league and knows what it’s like to be part of a winning culture. As we look to build Clipper Athletics for long-term success, she will play a key role.”SPSCC Director of Student Recruitment and Outreach Meg Woolf said Dunn is a perfect fit for the admission specialist position too.South Puget Sound Community College Director of Athletics Nick Schmidt is excited to bring a women’s volleyball program to the college.“Melanie brings a nice balance between passion for the sport of volleyball and passion for the importance of all students finding a great ‘fit’ in a college on the path to a great career,” Woolf said. “Melanie’s extensive experience at various levels of volleyball—whether that be club or college level, and as a player and student who has overcome challenges herself, will inform her approach to outreach efforts that work for the benefit of all students—on and off the court.”Miller said she is also eager to begin working with students.“I am looking forward to getting to wake up every day and work with people; to help future students explore avenues and options to continue their education,” she said. “The impact this position can make both for the school and individually is huge, I cannot wait to be a part of that.”Mark Dunn, head volleyball coach at Clark, said there’s lots he’ll miss in Miller.“I will miss the way she interacted with our student athletes,” Dunn said. “Mel found a way to get the most out of our players. Mel’s enthusiasm for the game of volleyball and her competitive spirit will make her successful in coaching.”Miller also added she’s excited to begin recruiting come the January 15 start. Practices begin on August 1, and the new Clipper squad makes its debut August 27 and 28 at the NWAC Volleyball Showcase, co-hosted by Lane Community College and Eugene (Ore.) Cascades and Coast Sports Commission. The team makes its home debut on September 7 against Miller’s previous employer, Clark College. Facebook91Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community College New South Puget Sound Community College Admissions Specialist and Volleyball Coach Melanie Miller is ready to start living her “dream come true.” Miller begins at SPSCC on January 11 where she will serve in both an admissions role and as the college’s first volleyball coach, building up a new program that will see its first season in fall 2016.last_img read more

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Former Nelson Minor Hockey star Adam Plant to play in World Junior A Challenge

first_img“I’m looking forward to the next two weeks, and hopefully I can use this experience to better myself as a hockey player.”The Team Canada West camp concluded Wednesday.Plant remains in Calgary with the team until the squad travels to Yarmouth later this week.The 5’9”, 160-pound defenceman played his minor hockey in Nelson before attending the Okanagan Hockey Academy in Penticton in 2011.The 18-year-old mobile defenceman then played a season for the Penticton Lakers of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League before spending the last two seasons with West Kelowna where he accumulated five goals and 31 assists in 59 games.Plant has accepted a scholarship to Harvard University beginning in the 2014 season.Plant is the third player in West Kelowna history to play for Team Canada West, joining Grayson Downing and Seb LLoyd. Former Nelson Minor Hockey star Adam Plant has been selected to the Team Canada West roster for this year’s World Junior A Challenge, set for November 4-10 in Yarmouth, NS.Plant, a defensive shutdown specialist for West Kelowna Warriors of the BC Hockey League, was one of 66 players invited to the elite camp at Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.”It’s a great honor to wear our maple leaf in international play,” Plant was quoted on the West Kelowna Warriors website.last_img read more

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Brainshark Launches Free Service: Takes on Slideshare

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web frederic lardinois Focus on NarrationAs Brainshark’s CEO Joe Gustafson and David Klein, the company’s product director, pointed out when we talked to them last week, today’s presentations at conferences or business meetings either include too much information per slide or consist of nothing more than just a few words and images per slide. While it is great that a lot of speakers make their presentations available after a public talk, most of these slides mean very little without the narration of the presenter. By giving presenters a wide range of options to add narration to their slides and to add videos and other documents, myBrainshark hopes to bring this context back to these disembodied presentations.In comparison with Slideshare, myBrainshark is more flexible when it comes to how a presentation can be organized. Inside your presentation, you can easily switch back and forth between documents (Brainshark supports Office 2003 and 2007) and videos, for example. A Brainshark presentation doesn’t even have to include a PowerPoint file – you can also use the service to voice-annotate a whitepaper, for example, or to narrate that exciting Excel spreadsheet you worked on all weekend long.Focus on ProfessionalsWhile the company is mostly targeting business users – something that’s clearly in Brainshark’s DNA – users can also easily create a photo slideshow with the service. While Brainshark is marketing this feature as an opportunity for real-estate agents to showcase their offerings, nobody is going to stop you from putting up a narrated slideshow of your latest family picnic, either.Selling PresentationsMyBrainshark also gives professionals the ability to sell their presentations. While anybody can register for a free account, Brainshark will give professionals the opportunity to go through a vetting process and then sell their presentations on the site. One example currently available on the service is a presentation about sexual harassment prevention for managers, which is selling for $15. These professionals (Brainshark calls them ‘Learning Providers’) can set their own prices for these presentations. VerdictOverall, the fact that Brainshark has been in this business for 10 years clearly shows in the product, which is very polished. Even though it only offers a subset of the features available in Brainshark’s enterprise product, myBrainshark still offers more features and flexibility than most other online presentation services. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting For the last 10 years, Brainshark has offered a very popular on-demand presentations service for enterprises. While most web services today typically start out by offering free services and then slowly move towards offering paid features, Brainshark is turning this model on its head. While the company already offers a profitable paid product, Brainshark just launched a free version of its service today. MyBrainshark, as this new service is called, was built on top of Brainshark’s enterprise product. In terms of its features, MyBrainshark clearly takes on Slideshare and similar services head-on, though the company is mostly targeting business customers for now.While Slideshare also allows its users to upload audio, Brainshark makes this exceptionally easy, as users can actually record their talks right from their phones. MyBrainshark supports PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and PDF documents, as well as most popular video and image formats. These documents can be up to 100MB in size. Once you have uploaded a document, you can either add audio tracks by uploading additional MP3 files or you can call Brainshark and record the presentation over the phone. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Are Ambitious

first_imgIf there is one thing that separates the hustler from the non-hustler, it’s ambition.The hustler is dead set on achieving something, usually something big. The hustler has a fire in their belly. They want what they want badly enough that no one ever needs to motivate them to take action, to work hard, or to do more than anyone else. Their ambition drives them.The non-hustler wants a lot of the same things the hustler wants. They want to be more, do more, and have more. Wanting things and a willingness to do the things necessary to have what you want are two very different things. The non-hustler is missing ambition. They don’t have the fire burning deep inside them, even though the tinder is there just waiting for a spark. Without the spark, they never catch fire.The hustler’s ambition is made up in part of the vision they have of themselves. They can already visualize their future self, and it’s a better version of what they are now. They can feel exactly what it’s going to be like. The hustler believes and behaves as if they are already that future version of themselves. Their ambition helps them to make that vision a reality.The non-hustler can’t see a better future self. They just don’t see it, even though it is there should they ever be struck with ambition. Most of the time the lack of vision also comes with a scarcity mindset, and that mindset is what keeps them from ever catching fire.When you ask a hustler where she wants to be in five years, she can not only tell you, but she can tell you her plan for getting there in 30 months. The non-hustler hasn’t even considered where they want to be in five years; they wait for the world to work on them, and they drift along wherever it takes them, never pushing back, never swimming hard against the current.What is it what you want badly enough that you can’t wait to work on it the minute your feet hit the floor in the morning? Do that. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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Australian girls supreme in gymnastics

first_imgAustralia made it a grand double in team gymnastics when their women took top honours at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex on Tuesday.The Aussie men had reigned supreme in the corresponding event on the first day of the Commonwealth Games and it was the turn of the girls a day later.Georgia Bonora, Ashleigh Brennan, Emily Little, Lauren Mitchell and Georgia Wheeler teamed up to add another gold to the Aussie tally. It was a similar scenario to the one in the men’s team event with England and Canada taking silver and bronze respectively.India – represented by Debjani Samanta, Priti Das, Meenakshi and Dipa Karmakar – finished eighth among as many teams. The difference between the top two teams was 5.5 points as Imogen Cairns, Laura Edwards, Jocelyn Hunt, Becky Wing and Charlotte Lindsley settled for silver.Catherine Dion, Kristine Jana Ann Klarenbach, Emma Leigh Willis, Gabrielle May and Cynthia Lemieux-Guillemette claimed bronze for Canada with 154.750 points.Malaysia, Scotland, Singapore and New Zealand finished fourth to seventh. None of the Indians qualified for the individual all-round final, but Dipa has made it as a reserve.Among individual apparatus, the Australians came first in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercises while England were best in the beam. Mitchell was the best individual on show with a tally of 56.950, followed by Little (53.600) and England’s Cairns (53.500).last_img read more

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No positive dope test is heartening

first_imgWith almost two-thirds of the events over in the Commonwealth Games and India adding to the medals tally, one thing which has not been spoken about is dope.Less than a month before the Games began, Indian athletes were in the news for the wrong reasons as almost a dozen of them from various disciplines has tested positive for MHA (Methylhexanamine) Few knew what this stuff was all about since it was added on the list of banned substances by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) only in January this year.At home, when wrestlers like Rajiv Tomar, swimmer Richa Mishra and even shot putter Saurabh Vij tested positive for MHA, the feeling was disgusting. The world of sports is made ugly by any form of doping and for the host nation to be caught before the Games was distressing.On Sunday, Commonwealth Games Federation boss Mike Fennell answered questions on dope tests being conducted during the Games. He said approximately 850 random tests have been conducted at the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), a WADA-accredited lab in the Capital, and 600 results have come out. The surprising part is, not one test has been reported positive.At a time when people are still critical of the Games, and rightly so, because of the ticketing, transportation and food problems for volunteers, people are not aware how the people in the lab are also working overtime.India has a dubious history of sorts in the Commonwealth Games and as far back as 1990 in Auckland, a weightlifter called Subrata Kumar Paul had flunked a dope test.advertisementIndia athletes also shamed the nation during the 2004 Athens Olympics when women weightlifters were caught in tests just before the Games. I was scared that in a sport like weightlifting, the Indians would be under the scanner because of their dubious past.To have been penalised $500,000 by the International Weightlifting Federation was shocking. The Indian body had to virtually beg, borrow and steal before paying a sizeable portion so that India could compete in the Games. Obviously, nobody in India wanted to take a chance with dope and athletes were subjected to stringent testing.However, there was a school of thought which said that a WADA-accredited lab being used for checking athletes was wrong. As the hosts celebrate the rich medal haul, what needs to be highlighted is how the Indians have been fair while competing. At least till now.last_img read more

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Politics on Vijender: Indian Boxing Federation head Chautala hits back after Hooda’s jibe at boxer Vijender Singh

first_imgHaryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s jibe at boxer Vijender Kumar has taken a political connotation with Abhay Chautala, president of the Indian Boxing Federation, taking on his political rival.Chautala said that the chief minister publically humiliated the boxer and his comments reflect his bias against boxing since a leader belonging to the main opposition party in the state was heading the concerned federation.During a felicitation function in Chandigarh on Thursday, Hooda had told Vijender: Tu tour laganey band kar de (you stop taking tours), apparently implying that frequent modeling assignments and stints on television shows had had an adverse effect on the boxer’s performance.Vijender had tried to make light of the remark stating that he was not aware which tour the chief minister was talking about.Abhay – the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) MLA from Ellanabad – said that the comment by the chief minister was not an advice but a taunt” aimed at the boxer.He alleged that Hooda was venting his frustration at failing to manage any of the prestigious sports bodies in India.”Vijender had brought laurels to the country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He had won a bronze medal,” Abhay said, adding that the chief minister should have desisted from making such remarks. The INLD leader said that Hooda wasbiased” in honouring players and had not done much to promote boxing in Haryana.He alleged that the chief minister had been making announcements only to gain publicity and had not fulfilled his promises.”The chief minister had promised to set up an international boxing academy in Bhiwani.But it has not come up so far. The training centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is in a bad shape. The players have been left to their own means,” Abhay added.The opposition leader also took potshots at Hooda for honouring players from other states. Only Yogeshwar Dutt among the six medallist at the London Olympics belonged to Haryana.”The chief minister claims that four of the Indian medallists belong to the state but they never represented Haryana at any level in any sporting event,” Abhay said.advertisementlast_img read more

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22 days agoCardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Cardoner admits Barcelona players pushed board to bring back Neymarby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona vice-president Jordi Cardoner admits the players pushed the board to bring back Neymar last summer.It’s been confirmed Barca twice had offers for Neymar turned down by PSG.And Cardoner says it was the players who were eager to see the deal happen.He told Catalunya Ràdio: “Neymar, in addition to having a good relationship with the locker room, is a great player. “Hence our desire to have him in our ranks. The players have suggested him to us, but we are the ones who weigh the pros and cons.” last_img

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Report Maria had 43B impact on Puerto Ricos economy

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s government says Hurricane Maria had a $43 billion impact on the U.S. territory’s economy, $1 billion more than originally estimated.The report by the Puerto Rico Planning Board takes into account millions of dollars received so far in federal hurricane recovery funds and insurance money.The report says the capital of San Juan was among the six most affected cities on the island after the Category 4 storm hit in September 2017.Economist Jose Caraballo said Monday that federal aid and insurance payouts so far have covered only 24 per cent of the losses reported.The Associated Presslast_img