Asian Para Games struggle to attract spectators

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Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Diana added that she hoped the committee could promote the event better to attract more spectators.INAPGOC marketing director Mirsya Budiarsi said the committee had worked with the Jakarta Education Agency to bring students to the venues to support the athletes.It had also engaged the city’s social affairs agency to bring communities of people with disabilities to watch the Games, she said.On Sunday, a total of around 30,000 people watched the competitions at the GBK complex, but Monday saw only around half that figure, according to INAPGOC data.While the students and communities were currently invited to watch events held at the GBK complex, INAPGOC would also facilitate them to watch competitions at other venues over the next few days, such as boccia at Tanjung Priok Sports Hall in North Jakarta and judo at the JIExpo Grand Ballroom in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, she said.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title While badminton, para swimming, athletics and wheelchair basketball can attract hundreds of supporters, other sports, like lawn bowls, fail to attract the crowds.On Tuesday evening, for instance, fewer than 30 individuals were watching the lawn bowls competition at the hockey court of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Senayan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSouth Jakarta resident Diana, 50, was one of them. Diana, who was watching the event with her colleague, said she had intentionally chosen to watch the lesser-known sport to support the athletes. Besides, she was curious about the sport, Diana said.“This is how I appreciate and support the athletes. I believe they really need our support to do well in the competition,” Diana told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Almost empty: Indonesian runner Sapto Yogo Purnomo celebrates his victory in the men’s 200 meter T37 category of the 2018 Asian Para Games at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Monday. Para Games venues have seen a small number of spectators throughout the week. (INAPGOC/Agoes Rudianto)Athletes currently competing at the 2018 Asian Para Games may be less famous than some of those taking part in the recent Asian Games, but anyone looking to be filled with fighting spirit may want to seize the opportunity to watch some exceptional Games.The Indonesian Asian Para Games Organizing Committee (INAPGOC) has emphasized that point in the hope of encouraging people to fill many empty seats at the Games venues.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Mirsya added that INAPGOC would also intensify promotional efforts by engaging social media influencers.“We have engaged Parfi 56 [the Indonesian Film Artists Association] to promote the event. Actress Prilly Latuconsina is a member of the association who has a lot of followers on Instagram,” she said.Further, INAPGOC would invite some celebrities who had participated in torch relays to promote the event, she said.Mirsya added that INAPGOC had spoken to the Presidential Staff Office and some ministries to promote the event together.Asian Para Games tickets can be purchased through and at the Games venues.The entrance fee for one event is Rp 25,000 (US$1.64), while a ticket to watch all games at the GBK complex costs Rp 100,000.Youth and Sport Minister Imam Nahrawi encouraged people to flock to the Games venues to support athletes fighting for Indonesia.“I hope students can watch the Games after school, while people who work can come after office hours,” he said.Regarding the opening ceremony on Saturday, which had been quite empty, Imam said INAPGOC had sent invitations to some people, but they had failed to turn up.He said he had instructed INAPGOC to evaluate the incident, so that the closing ceremony could be managed better, with more attendance. 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Trackers drop weekend games to Peace River

first_imgScoring for the Trackers was Aiden Tegart as he netted both goals in the game. The N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers had their hands full this weekend as they took on the Peace River Royals. The Royals occupy first place in their division and it showed as the Trackers dropped both games against them by scores of 5-2 and 6-2.In Saturday’s game the Trackers fell behind early. Peace River opened the scoring midway through the first period, and tallied another two goals to lead 3-0 after the opening 20 minutes. The Royals added another goal in the second before the Trackers found the back of the net to make the score 4-1.The Trackers closed the gap to 4-2 with 11:49 left in the third period but that’s as close as they would get. The Royals added a final goal just under five minutes later to make the final 5-2.- Advertisement -Scoring for the Trackers were Kohlman Brinsky, and Nolan Lagace.In Sunday’s game the Trackers played better at the start but were unable to see it through the end. Peace River took the lead early in the game, however the Trackers tied the game with 12:47 left in the first. Peace River took the lead again however the Trackers continued to battle and tied the game at two.In the second period Peace River scored twice, and scored another two times in the third to make the final 6-2.Advertisementlast_img read more

Power outage in Fort St. John – updated

first_imgUPDATE (3:23 p.m.) – Power has been restored all homes affect by the outages.The lights were out for more than 4200 homes in Fort St. John.The first power outage affected residences west of the 249 Road, North of the Alaska Highway, East of 82 Street, and South of Road 244. The cause of this outage occurred due to a failure in the hydro equipment.- Advertisement -Now, a second power outage affected homes north of 79 Avenue, West of 78th Street, South of 119 Avenue and East of 108th Street. This outage was cause by a motor vehicle accident.Both outages occurred around noons, but has since been restored to all customers.Visit for information on current power outages. Advertisementlast_img

Holocaust lesson endures

first_imgWearing a yarmulke and quoting Anne Frank, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Sunday led the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration, calling on the world to keep its faith in humanity — as the young writer did during World War II — even as it fights ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere. Against the backdrop of a Holocaust monument at Pan Pacific Park, the largest Remembrance Day commemoration in Southern California drew about 2,000 people — including about 75 death-camp survivors — and several dozen officials and dignitaries. This year’s event paid special tribute to the 1.5 million children whom the Nazis killed. “Here, surrounded by family and friends, we celebrate the lives of, and mourn the loss of, the most defenseless of all victims of the greatest crime in human history,” Villaraigosa said. “Three generations later, we still find ourselves blinded by the sunlight in the fragments they have left behind. From a cold and dark attic in Amsterdam, Anne Frank pledged her faith in humanity. ” ‘It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out,’ she wrote. ‘Yet, I keep them because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.’ “Today, we remember the promise of those words. We remember the lost legacy of an entire generation of philosophers and artists and scientists extinguished before they were ever to bloom.” The event, held under a huge blue-and-white striped tent — the colors of the Israeli flag — also recognized Hadassah Lieberman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and the wife of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn. Other speakers included Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who received a standing ovation from many in the audience. Schwarzenegger shared stories he said his mother told him when he was younga youngster about her own remembrances of the Holocaust in Austria. “She told me of bodies she saw lying on the side of the road, shot to death because they were Jews,” he recalled. “Another time, she saw bodies hanging from the trees in our state park. “This monument is a reminder of the terrible and tragic destruction of the Holocaust. Its symbols help us to remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered and the inhumane conditions they suffered at the hands of the Nazis.” Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis of the Valley Beth Congregation in Encino delivered the opening message. On April 27, his synagogue will host a commemoration of the Armenian genocide as a way of acknowledging all holocausts. “All holocausts are the same in one regard,” he said. “They are all fueled by hatred, greed and envy, and they all haunt our memories.” In the San Fernando Valley on Sunday night, six Holocaust survivors were scheduled to tell their stories to children at the Kadima Hebrew Academy in West Hills to pass on the stories and keep with the day’s overall theme of never forgetting. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Duncan Cran Science Fair showcasing local talent

first_img“We do sometimes have grade 3s participate – I think we had one grade 3 participate – but usually it’s for intermediate students,” says organizer of the Science Fair Allison Finter.Finter is a kindergarten teacher at Duncan Cran but also holds a degree in biology – which she says has her coming back for the Science Fair year-after-year.“I like to see kids that didn’t know that they were interested in science all of the sudden become interested in science,” says Finter. “A lot of these kids will go on and they will compete at the regional level multiple times – because once they’ve done it, they try to up themselves for next year.”- Advertisement -One of these multiple Science Fair competitors is 11-year-old Kaiven Olson – a grade 6 student and gold medal winner from last year’s regional competition.Olson’s project for 2015 is entitled Hidden Rocks.“It’s about 3 types of rocks; shale, sandstone and limestone,” explains Olson. “And I have 2 liquids; water and olive oil [to] see which one absorbs the fastest.”Advertisement “Usually the winning projects are the students who have chosen something they’re passionate about, done their extra research, and can explain the science behind it,” Finter concludes.The winners of this year’s Science Fair at Duncan Cran Elementary will be released February 27, 2015. Olson adds, “The conclusion was – it was sandstone that absorbed it the most.”Olson says his fascination with extracting oil from rocks comes from his dad – which sparked his interest at a young age.“It was interesting how you can find new ways of oil with cars and stuff like that,” Olson goes on to say. “So I just wanted to take a gander and try this project.”Finter says the winning students are those who are genuinely engrossed in their project and its findings.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fans react to amazing new Stamford Bridge designs

first_img Stamford Bridge in 1992 1 PLEASE NOTE: THE NEW STAMFORD BRIDGE DESIGN DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE PICTURE ABOVE! (TAKEN IN 1992). NO CONCRETE BENCHES OR SPACES TO PARK CARS BEHIND THE GOAL ARE INCLUDED IN THE NEW DESIGN. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE ‘NEW STAMFORD BRIDGE’.Chelsea have submitted a planning application to rebuild Stamford Bridge into a 60,000-seat stadium and the images released by the club show a design that is unique to say the least.Contrary to popular mockery, Chelsea were formed way back in 1905, to help fill Stamford Bridge on a regular basis, with the ground having been redeveloped into a huge sporting arena after originally opening in 1877.A giant concrete bowl back then, by the early 1990s it was an outdated ground (see the picture above) and was subsequently redeveloped substantially until it reached its present state, with a capacity of 41,600.Now Roman Abramovich has plans to give the Bridge another dramatic makeover.Here’s a selection of the reaction to the designs…last_img read more


first_imgA fire has destroyed a house on the outskirts of Glenties.The fire broke out last night just after 8pm.Members of the fire service from Glenties and Killybegs as well as the ambulance service responded to the emergency call. One man was treated at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.Gardai are investigating the cause of the blaze.MAN ESCAPES AFTER FIRE DESTROYS HOUSE IN GLENTIES was last modified: December 15th, 2013 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:fireGlentieslast_img read more

Arthritis sufferers exercise pain away

first_img“I could see how a lot of these older adults are home- bound or they don’t have transportation or family or support, so it makes them less motivated to do something like that,” said Adriana Almaguer, supervisor at the Pico Rivera Senior Center. Almaguer’s site is one of several local community centers offering programs and exercise classes to help older adults stay active. The Whittier Senior Center has slated a weekly mobility and flexibility workshop for seniors, and at the Neighborhood Center in Santa Fe Springs, associates are organizing a special physical therapy program that addresses arthritis issues. Nevertheless, arthritis affects people of all age groups – including children. Experts said preventing and managing the disease is never premature, and it can be done through physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding joint injuries that could contribute to arthritis. “Every body is different, so there are no magic fix-alls that are going to make everyone’s arthritis go away,” said Sara Reeve, a spokesperson with the Arthritis Foundation, Southern California chapter. “But early intervention in arthritis can mean the difference between being moderately affected and being incredibly impacted by the course of the disease.” Even in her limitations, Ledesma, who also uses a cane to get around, said she recognizes the importance of staying active. Frequenting community center programs such as crocheting classes help, but the Whittier senior also follows her own regimen. “You’re going to be hurting no matter what,” Ledesma said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Increasing numbers of Los Angeles County residents have been reporting limitations in their usual activities as a result of arthritis, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. And though they can’t point out specific causes for the increase, experts said obesity and a lack of exercise in arthritis sufferers’ daily routines may be to blame. “If you’re hurting, you’re not able to move too much, but you need to move,” said Henedina Ledesma of Whittier. Ledesma, 78, knows what it’s like to live with arthritis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsShe regularly takes medication to deal with the pain she endures from her neck down to her feet, she said. And sometimes, Ledesma may get persistent muscle spasms in her legs, feet and hands that keep her from getting a good night’s sleep. Results from the 2005 L.A. County Health Survey recently revealed that 50 percent of L.A. County adults such as Ledesma – versus 38 percent of adults throughout the United States – are facing greater complications from arthritis-related diseases. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., contributing to the estimated $86 billion in national medical costs each year. As the average age of the population increases, the percentage of adults with some form of arthritis and its associated costs are also expected to rise, DHS officials said. “One in five adults will get it,” said Margaret Shih, a Health Services associate. “Once you have arthritis, it’s important to realize that you can manage the symptoms by staying physically active and also maintaining a healthy weight.” But making lifestyle adjustments can be challenging, especially as arthritis sufferers get older. last_img read more

HSE says it has put safeguarding of St Josephs in writing

first_imgThe HSE has reiterated that it confirmed in writing that services at St Joseph’s Community Hospital are being retained.It follows a statement by local priest Fr John Joe Duffy in which he said that “confusion still reigns” over the future of the Stranorlar facility.The Chief Officer for the HSE in the North West confirmed that short and long stay beds, and dementia care beds, in St Joseph’s Community Hospital in Stranorlar, will be retained. This information was confirmed to the St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group at a meeting on 22nd June 2017 and the SOS group at a meeting on the 12th July 2017.The HSE is proposing a capital investment of €3.5 million to upgrade the hospital and provide for improved facilities for patients.The HSE confirms that there is no threat to services at the hospital.HSE says it has put safeguarding of St Josephs in writing was last modified: August 8th, 2017 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:donegalFr John Joe DuffyHSEST JOSEPHSlast_img read more

Ms Nora Friel’s Legacy: One Year On

first_imgThis week marks one year since the passing of Nora Friel, the former Principal of Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny.Staff and senior students attended an anniversary Mass on Tuesday. Nora’s legacy continues to be strongly felt in the school and this week has served as a special time to appreciate the influence she had on so many young people.Loreto Letterkenny student Katie Gillen writes this tribute to Ms Friel:  On the 5th of November 2018, Nora Friel, principal of Loreto Secondary School Letterkenny, passed away at the age of 59 after a short illness.Nora worked in Loreto Letterkenny for many years as a Home Economics teacher. She then left and served as an inspector for the Department of Education. She later returned to Loreto as Vice Principal and became Principal in 2015.Ms. Friel was respected greatly by her colleagues and students and left a lasting memory with everyone she met.Students will remember Nora as a caring principal who never failed to remember a face and seemed to know everyone’s sister, mammy, granny or aunty. Nora’s dedication to the school and students was evident throughout. Letterkenny was left devastated after hearing of Nora’s passing and the school community was left in a state of shock and grief. The day after Nora’s passing was a sad one as, abnormally, the corridors of Loreto were silent, students and teachers collectively grieving the death of their beloved principal and friend.What happened during this time was the strongest display of community and togetherness within the school. Students and teachers comforted each other, a book of condolences was signed by everyone in the school and a memorial was held in honour of Ms. Friel’s life.Students were asked to write on a love heart a fond memory they had of Ms. Friel or what they admired about her. These were displayed on a notice board in the school and was later given to Nora’s family in a book so that they can remember how much she was loved by everyone.A year on, and Ms. Friel’s legacy lives on within the school community. Nora always saw the best in everyone and believed in them, even if they didn’t themselves. When you ask anyone about Ms. Friel, their answer is always about how much she loved the school and her dedication to the betterment of every student.Evergreen Garden at Loreto Letterkenny created in memory of the late Nora FrielQuotes in the Evergreen Garden at Loreto Letterkenny In May of 2019, sixth year students created the Evergreen Garden for Ms. Friel. This was so that Nora’s memory will always live on through the garden and that students and teachers can come to sit and remember Nora in their own way. In the garden, there is a tea pot to symbolise Ms. Friel’s love of Home Economics, the class names engraved on the ground, quotes that summarise her character and a bench for everyone to sit and talk. At the opening, there was a trad performance to showcase Nora’s love of music.A ceramic teapot in the Evergreen Garden at Loreto LetterkennyAbove this bench is a sign that quotes Mary Ward, the founder of the Loreto, “Women in time to come will do much”. This was a quote that Nora used often at assemblies and events as she strongly believed in the students and in what they wanted to achieve.Ms Nora Friel’s Legacy: One Year On was last modified: November 7th, 2019 by Katie GillenShare 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:educationLoreto Letterkennyms nora frieltributelast_img read more