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From budget hotels to broken gear, athletes face quirky challenges when competing abroad

first_img2. Lugging around sports equipmentAside from the nerves that kick in at the start of a competition, there is another thing that most athletes fear when they have to travel abroad: lugging around heavy and expensive equipment. Most athletes worry that something might occur to their gear in transit – a common story even today.National archer Riau Ega Agatha was well acquainted with this situation since the moment he became a professional athlete.In June 2019, his confidence deflated after finding out upon his arrival in the Netherlands that the case of his bow and arrow had broken. Riau and his teammates were just about to compete at the World Archery Championship in Hertogensbosch.“When I found out there was a hole in the case, I was utterly disappointed,” Riau told The Jakarta Post recently.“I don’t know why the case was broken. Maybe it got thrown about [when it was moved between airplanes]. I couldn’t do much about it.“I bought a new case in the Netherlands. My bow was fine, but I was afraid there could be splinters,” he said.There are also other problems with lugging around sports equipment – especially when international airport security flags them as dangerous.Professional pole vaulters also have to contend with such issues.In 2018, the Indonesian Athletics Association (PASI) failed to send its athlete Idan Fauzan Richsan to the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) Under-20 World Championship in Finland, simply because there were no airlines that permitted the transport of vaulting poles.“I’ve spoken at an international forum and found that some other countries experience a similar problem. Only those in Europe don’t experience this,” PASI secretary-general Tigor Tanjung said recently. For many of the world’s athletes, the COVID-19 pandemic has put an abrupt end to international competitions and other opportunities to travel outside their home training grounds.And while the disease has given them some respite from their rigorous training, the highly prized lives of athletes are not always as glamorous as they appear to be on social media.Like any other person, sport professionals have to deal with bouts of jetlag, the heavy shuffling of equipment and tight budget constraints – all the while navigating even tighter competition schedules. 1. Complicated visa applications It may come as no surprise that the luxuries that an athlete can afford are only going to be as good as their passports, and the Indonesian passport has proven to be less robust than those of other countries.Athletes, especially those who compete as individuals in sports like tennis or badminton, must put aside some of their personal time to process their own visa applications for overseas events.Before the coronavirus disease swept the globe, the management team of the Indonesian Surfing Association was almost at wit’s end in the application process to send their surfers to compete in the 2020 World Surfing Games in El Salvador.The fact that El Salvador had yet to open a representative office in Indonesia meant that the association had to go overseas to apply for visas for their surfers to go, well, overseas.“It turns out that Indonesian [passport holders] must go through the visa application process at El Salvador’s consulate general in Melbourne, Australia,” said association chief Arya Sena Subyakto in March.“The thing is, in order to process the visas in Melbourne, we also needed to apply for an Australian visa, for which we did not have enough time. I wish we could just send out our documents there and not go to the consulate in person.”The 2020 World Surfing Games act as a final qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but both competitions have been postponed due to the pandemic. The International Surfing Association expects the Surfing Games to be held in the second half of the year, from its initial May timetable, while the Olympics will be postponed until next year.center_img Former Indonesian top tennis player Angelique Widjaja once said that one of her reasons for retiring was that she felt “burned out by the grind of constant travel”.To wit, here are just some of the challenges Indonesian athletes face when they travel abroad for competitions: 3. Traveling on a budgetContrary to popular belief and the image well-heeled international superstars often portray, most Indonesian tennis players don’t get backing from big-name sponsors to fund their overseas tournament expenses.Instead, athletes must often compensate for their skimpy travel budget when competing abroad. A five-star hotel suite is almost never an option for them, as they are forced to think about other expenses when competing.Pro tennis player Beatrice Gumulya said she used her bonuses earned at competitions like the National Games (PON) to cover her expenses at other tournaments.One of the ways she cuts back on expenses is to lodge with overseas acquaintances or in budget hotels.“If, for instance, the tournament’s official hotel partner commands Rp 600,000 (US$39) per night, I always try to find somewhere else that is cheaper. One time I even slept at a hotel that only cost me Rp 200,000 and I shared the room with my friend,” she told the Post recently.She would often have to sacrifice convenience for cost, especially when the official hotels are just minutes away from the tournament venue. “[For me, it usually] takes up to 30 minutes to reach the venue. But that’s the reality I face, because I don’t have enough money to spend,” she said.Beatrice says her mindset makes all the difference between playing for leisure and competing professionally.“I don’t like to eat at expensive restaurants; if I really wanted to, I would do it after winning the tournament,” she said. “If I don’t do this, there is no way my tennis career would ever thrive.”Topics :last_img read more

Christmas comes early to Forest Lake sellers

first_imgThe home at 39 Amara Crescent, Forest Lake.FOREST Lake property owners are receiving their gifts early with a pick-up in end-of-year sales, MTR Property Group principal, Marilyn Thurtell said.“We’ve got a lot of people wanting to purchase prior to Christmas,” Ms Thurtell said.Ms Thurtell said the recent sale of 39 Amara Crescent, Forest Lake for $540,000 was an excellent example.She said demand for the well-maintained four-bedroom, two-bathroom family home resulted in a sale just 10 days after listing. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The home at 39 Amara Cres, Forest Lake.Ms Thurtell said the summertime fun promised by the in-ground pool helped, too.She said the vendors were long-time locals.“The owners had been here for 15 years but decided it was time to move,” she said.“They made a lifestyle choice to move to a townhouse.”The new owners were renting at Jindalee, but Forest Lake’s relative affordability was too good to resist.Ms Thurtell said 2018 promised to be another strong year in the local market.“I’m feeling very confident,” she said.“The community atmosphere of Forest Lake makes people want to come here and stay here.”last_img read more

Janiuay execs: Anti-Terror Bill to ‘shield’ economy from threats

first_imgThe town expressed its support to the anti-terror bill through a two-page manifesto signed by its Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) on June 11, which was released to the media on Wednesday. SUPPORT FOR ANTI-TERROR BILLThe Municipal Peace and Order Council of Janiuay town, Iloilo expressed its support to the anti-terrorism bill through a manifesto signed on June 11, 2020. The manifesto was released to the media on June 17, 2020. PHILIPPINE ARMY’S 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION The council also encouraged everyone to “embrace and support” the bill for the good of the Filipinos and the generations to come. “Alam ng karamihan na ang banta ng terrorismo ay maaring magdulot o makaapekto sa pag-unlad ng ating ekonomiya gaya na lamang ng pagkabahala at pagkawala ng mg turista, mga banyagang mamumuhunan sa ating bansa at iba pa. Kung ninanais natin ang isang bansang maunlad, ito na ang panahon upang magkaroon ng mabisang panangga sa kriminalidad, terrorismo, droga at korapsyon,” part of the manifesto said. Manifesto signatories include Janiuay Mayor Bienvenido Margarico, also chair of the MPOC; Janiuay vice mayor Felizardo Amigable Jr. and Captain Dadje Delima, Janiuay municipal police chief, among others. The manifesto stressed terrorism is a huge problem that sets aside the rights of the people and only pushes for the principles and the own good of terrorists.center_img The MPOC said that the bill will promote the aspired peace for the Filipinos and the society. ILOILO City – The local government of Janiuay, Iloilo has thrown its support behind the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 calling it an “effective shield against criminality, terrorism, drugs, and corruption.” Janiuay, tagged as one of the municipalities vulnerable to insurgency in the province, has declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) persona non-grata last August 15, 2019. The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (Philippine News Agency)last_img read more

FAA drone rules could help Ind. business, agriculture

first_imgThe FAA is expected to release draft regulations soon forcommercial use of drones. (Photo: Dkroetsch/morguefile.)INDIANAPOLIS – The use of small drones is limited to hobbyists and a small number of government agencies, researchers and businesses, but that could soon change.The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to release new rules by the end of the year.Dick Honneywell, executive director, Ohio/Indiana UAS Center, says the rules would regulate the commercial use of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems.“That would be a policy step that would be very important that would allow us to move the industry forward and allow us to engage UAS into a number of different productive applications, and support economic development within the state,” he states.Honneywell says drones could be used in a variety of ways, including inspecting bridges, police search and rescue efforts, and correctional facility surveillance.Some people have privacy concerns about drones, but the FAA has stated it isn’t an “immediate safety concern.”President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order about the privacy issue after the FAA releases its draft regulations.T.J. Johnson, local chapter president of the Drone User Group in Indianapolis, says small drones are useful in agriculture for monitoring crop health and targeting problems.“We can help control when is the proper time to apply a pesticide to a given area of a field, not the entire field,” he explains. “Or, when do we give the plants to more water to make farming more efficient and provide better food sources?”The FAA rules are expected to cover altitude limits and license requirements for operators, among other things.Johnson says the greatest challenge is finalizing the regulations and building a safe base for operations.“We need to make that sure it’s done safely, but we need to also get these regulations moving,” he stresses. “And the longer we hold back, we’re being held back from being competitive in the world and taking advantage of all the benefits these drones have to offer.”The UAS market is projected to be an $82 billion industry, and create a potential 100,000 jobs over the next decade.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Klopp shows more interest in £75m Lille striker Osimhen

first_imgJurgen Klopp remains “very interested” in Lille striker, Victor Osimhen, according to reports in France. However, Wednesday’s edition of L’Equipe includes Liverpool in the running and claims that any transfer fee “shouldn’t be a problem” for the Premier League champions. There has been no firm approach from Anfield and that fits with their public stance that no big-money signings will arrive this summer. Chief executive Peter Moore admitted in April that there was “a massive downturn in revenue” while outgoings remained throughout the crisis. And more recently Jurgen Klopp has claimed transfers are on hold at Anfield, admitting: “Covid has of course influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal. read also:‘Osimhen impressed by Napoli project’ “It’s just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world. But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open and we know more, then maybe something could happen.” Whether Liverpool are playing a game remains to be seen, but Neil Mellor is certain that Klopp will be handed the money for a marquee signing if he insists this summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The striker, who was believed to be the subject of a £75m from Jose Mourinho at Spurs, has been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea previously. At the start of May Telefoot claimed Lille had received an offer for the 21-year-old striker, with Les Cahiers du Football editor Abdellah Boulma later caliming Tottenham were the bidders. Osimhen’s agent Ariyo Igbayilola later revealed that the striker would not consider a move unless Harry Kane left the north London club. Meanwhile, Le 10 Sport had reported that Liverpool were leading the race for Osimhen and now L’Equipe state Liverpool’s interest remains. The Lille player is believed to have flown to Naples for transfer talks and to take a look around the city on Tuesday. With Sports Witness claiming “in France there was talk of Napoli paying a fee as high as €80m, whereas the media closest to Napoli were reporting a fee much closer to €40m”Advertisement Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… last_img read more

McIlroy blasts ‘stupid rules’

first_img “You have to adhere to the rules of this game and he (Renwick) was pointing out something he thought was questionable,” McIlroy added. “He was just doing what I guess anyone would.” The incident overshadowed both Lee’s chance to claim a first European Tour title and the brilliance of Phil Mickelson earlier in the day, who charged through the field with a sparkling 63. Mickelson made the halfway cut with just one shot to spare after rounds of 73 and 70, but insisted on Friday he had “a good, low round in me tomorrow” and was as good as his word, carding nine birdies, an eagle and two bogeys. His last birdie on the 18th came in typical Mickelson fashion, the Open champion attempting to reach the green in two from 230 yards away in a fairway bunker, only to hit a terrible shot into a sandy waste area, play a superb low pitch to 30ft and hole the putt. “It was not a smart decision out of the bunker to go for the green, but I don’t know, that’s just what I do,” joked Mickelson, who finished 10 under par to share second place with India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar. “Bones (his caddie Jim Mackay) did not like the decision and I don’t blame him. It wasn’t probably my smartest play. “I hit a terrible shot but because it was sitting on a fairly hard, packed lie, I was able to go in steep and keep it low underneath the trees and I had plenty of green to work with. “I will still be back a few shots, I anticipate, heading into tomorrow’s round but I love the fact that I’m in contention and I have an opportunity (to win) here in the first week of the year. “What I like is that it feels better each day. The first day, I felt terrible. The second day, half of it started to come around and today it started to feel pretty good and hopefully I’ll be able to build on it again tomorrow.” Lee, whose best finish on the Tour came when he lost a play-off to Thomas Bjorn for the Omega European Masters last September, has a two-shot lead on 12 under after his 69 and is relishing the chance to take on some of the world’s biggest names. “It’s exciting,” said the 36-year-old from Stirling, who has been reaping the benefits of an artificial putting green installed in his front garden by his brother. “The quality of the players behind me is nothing I have been used to before. “I can’t control what they are going to do, I just have to go out and play the best I can. I can look back on last year when Jamie Donaldson won (holding off the likes of Justin Rose) and say it’s possible and fairytales do happen.” It was then determined that McIlroy’s left foot had been touching the white line denoting the crossing and a two-shot penalty was applied. “I’m going to go and hit the gym so hard,” a clearly frustrated McIlroy said. “I’m going to run myself into the ground to try to get some of the frustration out. “There are a lot of stupid rules in golf and this is one of them.” McIlroy, who said he had “better things to think about” than keeping up to date with the rules, added: “I hit my second shot on the second into the left rough but on the spectator crosswalk. I took a drop and played my shot but I did not notice my left foot was still on the line and you need to take full relief. “We went out to see it again and see my divot and it was clear I could not have played my shot with my feet anywhere else. It’s unfortunate. If anything it was a disadvantage because I dropped it in a bad lie and did not make birdie. “I have to try to make up the shots as early as possible tomorrow. It gives me a bit of extra motivation.” It is not the first time that McIlroy has fallen foul of the rules in Abu Dhabi, the former world number one being penalised in 2012 for brushing away some sand that was not on the green but which lay between his ball and the flag. On that occasion it was playing partner Luke Donald who pointed out the error and McIlroy admitted both Donald and Renwick had done the right thing. McIlroy thought he had carded a 68 to finish 11 under par and just one shot behind leader Craig Lee, only to be told before he signed his card of a possible infraction by Dave Renwick, caddie to his playing partner Ricardo Gonzalez. Renwick felt McIlroy had not taken full relief from a spectator crossing on the second hole and when video evidence proved inconclusive, McIlroy and European Tour chief referee John Paramor headed back to the par five to examine the area in question. Rory McIlroy blasted golf’s “stupid rules” after being handed a two-shot penalty for an incorrect drop in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Press Associationlast_img read more

Krispy Kreme offers healthcare workers free doughnuts for 7 weeks

first_imgOn Wednesday, Krispy Kreme doughnut chain announced that they are giving back to the healthcare workers who are on the front line of the nation’s current pandemic.Krispy Kreme is offering healthcare workers free doughnuts every Monday from March 30 through May 11.The promotion starts on National Doctor’s Day and ends during National Nurses Week.Healthcare workers can go to a Krispy Kreme drive-thru, tell the employee what they need and show their employer badge for free donuts!Hey healthcare pros! You all are incredible. As a sweet #THANKYOU for all you’re doing, we’ve got FREE dozens for you on #Mondays from #NationalDoctorsDay 3/30 through #NationalNursesWeek 5/11. Click here for all info https://t.co/RnOiPjwFDO! #KrispyKreme: @cappiern pic.twitter.com/N7M15zlMQX— Krispy Kreme (@krispykreme) March 25, 2020last_img read more

Larry Ellison encourages class of 2016 graduates to carve their own path

first_imgThousands gathered on campus Friday morning for the 133rd annual commencement ceremony to celebrate the graduating class of 2016.“The sun never sets on the Trojan Family,” Nikias said in his opening statement. “It is always rising.”Approximately 17,000 students earned diplomas from the University. President C. L. Max Nikias also awarded six honorary degrees to distinguished leaders and influencers from a wide variety of fields, including Alejandro González Iñárritu, an Oscar-winning Mexican filmmaker and director; Jackie Lacey, the first African-American and the first female to serve as District Attorney of Los Angeles County; Mark Stevens, former managing director at Sequoia Capital; Mary Stevens, a civic leader and philanthropist; and Selim Zilkha, founder of Mothercare. Commencement speaker Larry Ellison, CEO and founder of Oracle Corporation, also received an honorary degree from the University.In his keynote address, Ellison recounted his experiences growing up in a lower middle-class community in Chicago, where he received pressure from his family to go to medical school and become a doctor. However, Ellison reminded the graduates to follow their dreams and not the dreams of others.“Virtually everybody important in my life wanted me to become a doctor,” Ellison said. “Over time, their dreams became my dreams.”During his college years, Ellison stated that he struggled to find interest in his studies, where he was planning to pursue the medical career that his parents wanted for him.“I thought my comparative anatomy class was a perversely pointless form of psychological torture,” Ellison said. “Whatever the underlying reasons, I was unable to make myself into the person that I thought I should be, so I decided to stop trying.”After concluding that medical school wasn’t the right path, Ellison dropped out of college and moved to Berkeley, California, where he took computer science and sailing classes. However, his wife divorced him due to what he said was a lack of ambition. But Ellison considers this to be a major turning point for him.“It was a pivotal moment in my life,” Ellison said. “But this time, I was not disappointed in myself for failing to be the person they thought I should be. Their dreams and my dreams were different. I would never confuse the two of them again.”After finding dissatisfaction in his software engineer jobs. Ellison went on to found Oracle Corporation, a company that now employs more than 135,000 people. Ellison recently donated $200 million to USC for cancer research, establishing the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC.Sulekha Ramayya, who graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering with a minor and business, gave the valedictory address was. Ramayya maintained a 4.0 grade-point average for all four years of her college career and is the co-founder of Mylaria, a nonprofit that works to fight malaria by leveraging novel drugs and teaching malaria prevention techniques.In her address, Ramayya stressed the importance of recognizing privilege and giving back to others in need.“It’s important to keep our perspectives of citizens of the world, to treat both the powerful and powerless of the world with dignity and respect,” Ramayya said. “I don’t just mean sympathizing with those in need, but actually empathizing with them in a way that improves their situation.”Ramayya further stated that the class of 2016 will find success working to improve conditions for the less fortunate.“Our greatest achievements as a group won’t just be the advancements we make, but how we use these advancements to reduce global inequity,” Ramayya said.Among the degree recipients was 96-year-old Alfonso Gonzalez, the oldest graduate in the history of USC. Gonzalez began his studies in 1947 and thought he had completed his degree, but returned to the University once he that he realized he was one unit short.“Like a true Trojan, [Gonzalez] was determined to ‘Fight On,’ and finish what he began,” Nikias said.Ellison closed his speech referring to a conversation he had with his close friend Steve Jobs and emphasized the importance of social value over monetary value.“After a certain point it can’t be about the money,” Ellison said. “I believe that, deep inside all of us, there’s a primal desire to do something important with our lives.”last_img read more

National GAA fixtures

first_imgIn GAA, Ballyboden St Enda’s take on St Vincent’s at Parnell Park in the Dublin Senion Football final. That match kicks of at 4pm.Meanwhile in London Robert Emmetts face St Gabriels for the Senior Hurling final. The action gets underway at Ruislip from 2pm. In the Ulster club senior quarter-finals Crossmaglen Rangers meet Cargin, and Kingscourt take on Kilcoo.Meanwhile Naomh Conaill and Trillick meet at MacCumhaill Park, while it’s Scotstown vs Slaughtneil at Clones. All those games are at 2.30pm.last_img read more