Russia has assured the International Olympic Committee a controversial anti-gay propaganda law that his triggered protests in many countries will not affect the athletes and spectators at next year’s Sochi Winter Olympics.The IOC had asked for clarifications regarding the law earlier this month.“We have today received strong written reassurances from the Russian government that everyone will be welcome at the Games in Sochi regardless of their sexual orientation,” IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a statement.“In his letter Deputy Prime Minister (Dmitry) Kozak underlines that ‘Russia has committed itself to comply strictly with the provisions of the Olympic Charter and its fundamental principles, according to item 6 of which “any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement,” said Rogge.Russia’s law caused international outrage and there have also been calls to boycott the Games next year. Several athletes at the world athletics championships in Moscow earlier this month voiced their opposition to the law.Critics say the new law effectively disallows all gay rights rallies and could be used to prosecute anyone voicing support for homosexuals. “The Russian Federation guarantees the fulfillment of its obligations before the International Olympic Committee in its entirety,” Kozak wrote in his letter to the IOC.“In particular, legislation of the Russian Federation does not stipulate any restrictions or differentiation of the rights and responsibilities of citizens on the basis of sexual orientation.“Discrimination against sexual minorities, just as any other discrimination, is expressly forbidden by the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
LIONS DROP CLOSE ONE—The Faison Lions’ head coach Diane Davis, assistant coach Ms. Lee and manager Sidney Wilkes are shown with players Melajia Henderson, No. 23; Brandi Robinson, No. 22; Jasmine Myers, No. 21, Angela Williams, No. 13;, Alicia Collins, No. 3, Shyla Colvin, No. 12; Lashonda Burham, No. 30; Jamira Jacobs, No. 5; and Brittany Jackson, No. 4; after a very tough loss to Barack Obama Academy. WINNING TEAM—The Barack Obama International Studies Academy (formerly Frick Middle School) and the Helen S. Faison Arts Academy girls played Jan. 7 in East Liberty. Both teams played hard to keep the game close but Barack Obama Academy pulled ahead and ended up winning 23-17. Shown are Barack Obama Academy girls’ basketball head coach Ruth Walker, assistant coach Ray Walker, and intern Monique Sims sit with team: Alexandra Bowens, Kennedy Bowens, Evelyn Brazil, Cori Brooks, Torreonna Cash, Cheyenne Campbell, Alaina Cauley, Lexxus Charles, Sherri Johnson, Kayla Hitchcock, LaNia Latimer, Montana Moore, Simone Rainey, Kayona Smart, Dalese Stallworth and Cydnie Wadley after the win over Faison.
Abraham Chaloub, a staff member of the national Guinean soccer team, shows his passport after he was tested for Ebola by Moroccan health screening team at the arrivals hall of the Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, Thursday, Oct 9, 2014. The soccer team is in Morocco to prepare the CAN competition. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has denied reports it has withdrawn as host of next year’s African Cup of Nations, although it wants the tournament postponed.Morocco wants Africa’s premier football event postponed because Moroccans could be threatened by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, information minister and government spokesman Mustapha Khalfi said on Thursday.The Confederation of African Football insisted the tournament should carry on as planned in January and February 2015.CAF has canceled all football in the three worst affected Ebola countries — Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — until further notice, but says it is following the advice of the World Health Organization that travel bans will not help curtail the outbreak.CAF President Issa Hayatou will travel to Morocco next month to meet officials over their concerns, but the African football body said there can be no postponement.“CAF has registered the request and wishes to state that there are no changes of the schedules of its competitions and events,” CAF said.CAF has apparently reached out to at least two other countries to ask if they would step in at short-notice if Morocco refuses to host on the original dates of Jan. 17-Feb. 8.Ghana’s sports minister said on his official Facebook page that his country was approached to possibly host, and CAF also asked South Africa if it could be on standby, according to a CAF letter to the South African Football Association which was published in the South African media.Morocco feels large groups of football supporters and other travelers from West Africa — where Ebola has killed more than 4,500 people in its worst outbreak ever — would put it at risk.“There is no way we can be lenient with the health and safety of the Moroccan citizens,” Khalfi said at a government media briefing on Thursday, repeating Morocco’s request for the cup to be postponed.He didn’t say when Morocco wanted it postponed to.Khalfi was repeating concerns expressed by Morocco’s health ministry, which originally advised Moroccan authorities to request a postponement from CAF.“Football is just a game and we can’t play with the health of Moroccans,” health minister Houssaine Louardi said this week. “There is no zero risk when it comes to Ebola.”
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Dr. Diana YuHave you seen a group of wiggly, happy, jumpy kids and adults at local parks (LBA Park and Percival Landing) the past few weeks, dancing to loud music, and looking like they are having a great time? That is your local Zumba Zizzlers led by Rhoa Rafeh and friends. We will be out on the Capitol campus this Saturday August 18 from 11 AM – 12:30 PM for the last of our family zizzle. Come and join us. No experience necessary, just plenty of energy and desire to have active fun. Brought to you by Thurston County Healthy Child Weight Coalition, 75210.org, Family Education and Support Services, and local Zumba instructors.Meet in the sunken garden area of the Capitol Campus (near the rotunda). From there we will migrate over to Tivoli Fountain. Wear comfy clothes and shoes, bring plenty of water and a picnic lunch if you want. Everyone is welcome, come and have some fun.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Elite Cleaning of WashingtonRemoving Hair Spray & Bathtub DecalsHair Spray! Hair spray gets everywhere: walls, doors, sinks, counters, tile, cabinets, and floors! It leaves a thick sticky residue all over everything. It’s been my experience that other household cleaners just seem to make hair spray residue stickier instead of removing it. Got fabric softener? I found that making a mixture of 1 part fabric softener to 2 parts warm water works like a charm to remove the hair spray residue, repels dust, and leaves a nice shine!Bathtub Decals!Bathtub decals are great to create non-slippery surfaces, but they can be a nightmare to remove. Last year, I was in a home that had these decals. The homeowner said they were from the prior homeowner who moved out a while ago. She wanted to know if we could remove them.After doing some research and testing a few things, here is what we found worked the best. Get aluminum foil, local rewards store card, hair dryer, magic eraser, and goo-gone! Lay a piece of the foil over the decal, heat with hair dryer on high and work the decal up with the store rewards card. Keep repeating until the decals come off and the glue residue is left. I found using goo-gone and a magic eraser removed the glue residue. Then clean the shower like normal.Elite Cleaning of Washington is fully licensed and bonded.For home cleaning estimates, please contact Scottiejo at 360.529.2277.
Facebook131Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County REALTORS AssociationMore than 100 members of the Thurston County REALTORS Association (TCRA), one of the South Sound’s largest business organizations, took part in their annual Community Service Day held on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Association volunteers were assigned to work on projects across Thurston County; several groups of volunteers helped seniors with lawncare, one group painted a house for Homes First and another cleaned up an historic cemetery.The volunteers consisted of both REALTORS and Affiliate association members that include home inspectors, mortgage lenders, title insurers and others who typically work closely with REALTORS in a home sale.“This was a massive team effort to give back to the community we deeply care about,” said Ed Kunkel, the chair of the association committee that organized the day’s projects. “As those who assist people with their dream of homeownership, we want to make a difference in the place we all call home.”The volunteers worked in six different locations throughout Thurston County. Some helped seniors with pressure washing, mowing, trimming trees and cleaning gutters. One group painted an entire house for the local non-profit Homes First that provides affordable housing opportunities in the area. And, a large contingency of association members cleaned up the historic Mima Prairie Pioneer Cemetery the final resting place for some of the area’s early settlers. Descendants of some of those settlers came to visit during the day’s clean-up, grateful for the REALTORS annual upkeep of the cemetery for the last seven years.Local businesses that sponsored this year’s event of community improvement were United Roofing Solutions, Bay Equity Home Loans – Christina Daniels Team, State Farm Insurance – Melanie Bakala , Thurston County Title, Cameo Home Inspection Services, and Evergreen Home Loans.Kunkel said the REALTOR organization has been doing the Community Service Day for more than two decades and that the work is gratifying.“To see the smiles on seniors’ faces when their lawns look lovely again, or to see the renewed dignity of the historic cemetery and to see an entire house painted, there is visible evidence that we made a difference.”The Thurston County REALTORS Association of more than 700 REALTOR and Affiliate members provides professional real estate services to buyers and sellers and has been committed to protecting property rights and preserving the quality of life in Thurston County for more than 90 years.
SriLankan’s induction into oneworld marks the completion of the alliance’s biggest expansion programme since its launch 15 years ago. In just two years, the group has added more than 15 airlines as full or affiliate members, including: • TAM Airlines, the leading airline in Latin America’s leading economy Brazil, which joined on 31 March 2014 alongside its partner in LATAM Airlines Group, long-time oneworld member LAN Airlines, consolidating oneworld’s position as the continent’s top alliance.• US Airways, which also transitioned to oneworld on 31 March 2014, following its merger with American Airlines, which created the world’s largest airline on most scores and makes oneworld the leading alliance in the USA, the world’s biggest single air travel market.• Qatar Airways, which joined on 30 October 2013 as the first of the Big Three Gulf carriers to join any global airline group, making oneworld the leading alliance in the Middle East, another of the world’s fastest growing regions for air travel demand.• Malaysia Airlines, one of South East Asia’s top carriers, which joined on 1 February 2013.• airberlin, the second biggest airline in Europe’s largest economy, Germany, and one of the continent’s biggest carriers, which boarded in March 2012.• Key affiliate members, such as LAN Colombia, US Airways Express, Iberia Express, Austria’s Niki and transatlantic carrier OpenSkies.This has made oneworld the world’s fastest growing airline alliance: • Adding more than 250 destinations, expanding its network by 36 per cent.• Increasing its daily departures by more than 6,000, a 76 per cent increase.• Lifting its annual passenger carryings by more than 215 million, a 74 per cent rise.• Expanding the annual capacity offered by the alliance by 56 per cent and its combined fleet by 50 per cent.• Generating an additional US$ 40 million revenues, a 40 per cent increase.• Adding 5 points to its share of revenues between the world’s Top 100 business cities, which is now at 26 per cent.
12 January 2015Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim Shakes Mashaba believes South Africa’s international friendly match against Cameroon on Saturday gave his side a taste of what is to come in the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament.South Africa held the Indomitable Lions to a 1-all draw on Saturday, at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville, Gabon.Bafana Bafana got off to a very slow start and conceded an early goal as Vincent Aboubacar curled home a free-kick from the edge of the area. South Africa regrouped and the match evolved into an exciting contest, with Bafana finishing the match the stronger of the two teams.South Africa were rewarded in the 77th minute, with a fine goal from Sibusiso Vilakazi.‘Great grit’“We create chances but we don’t finish them off. We planned well, we knew what to expect. They are a good side, very experienced and hard working,” Masahba said.“They were all over us in the opening 30 minutes, but my boys were very resilient and withstood the pressure and showed great grit. We knew we would come back – and come back we did in the second half. The Cameroonians gave us what to expect in Equatorial Guinea,” said Mashaba.“Cameroonians are strong, big and physical and this is what you expect from West Africans. But I also want to believe that the people who came to watch the game got their money’s worth because there was everything one could expect in a match of this magnitude. We are happy we were able to compete in this match and it helped us a great deal with our preparations.”The match was part of preparations for the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament, which begins on 17 January to 8 February.‘Only get better’Captain Dean Furman was full of praise for his teammates.“We got off to the worst possible start early in the game and, for about 20 minutes, we didn’t recover from that. But we started picking up in the last 15 minutes of the first half,” Furman said.“We had a good talk with the coach at half time and he told us to believe, believe in our ability, believe in our team and that’s what we did.“[Sibusiso] Vilakazi came on and he was great. That’s the thing about our squad, everyone is fighting for places, everyone wants to start, everyone wants to have the jersey on. The boys who came on made a big difference and we are proud of our second half performance. We can only get better from this.”Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana have received accolades from Cameroon coach Volcker Finke.“They are in a tough group, but they are doing well. While preparing for our match against them, I watched tapes of their last two games – the 2-1 win over Sudan and the 2-all draw against Nigeria – I can tell you now many teams are in for a surprise from South Africa. They look like they can get into the second round. That is very possible,” said Finke.The squad rested on Sunday, but will return to training on Monday to prepare for their final practice match against Mali on Wednesday, 14 January, in Libreville, Gabon. The time and venue for that match are still to be confirmed.InjuryOrlando Pirates defender Ayanda Gcaba has been called up to replace club-mate Patrick Phungwayo who was withdrawn from the Bafana Bafana squad due to knee injury.Gcaba is expected to join his team mates in Libreville on Tuesday, after undergoing a medical assessment and getting his visa.Phungwayo returned home to South Africa on Saturday night after undergoing an MRI scan that revealed that he had a tear that needed time to heal.“It is very unfortunate that we lost Phungwayo but such is life,” Mashaba said. “I would like to thank his club for releasing him to help our cause. We looking forward to working with him again in future.”Other results:The Amajimbos, South African Men’s Under-17 team, played to a 1-1 draw against the Junior Chipolopolo at the Nkoloma Stadium, Lusaka Zambia on Saturday. The Amajita, South Africa’s Under-20 National Team, were made to pay a heavy price for some defensive lapses as they were beaten 3-1 by their Qatar counterparts in an international friendly match at Grand Harmad Stadium in Doha on Saturday evening. How the teams lined up on Saturday:South Africa: Brilliant Khuzwayo (GK) (Jackson Mabokgwane), Anele Ngcongca (Siyabonga Nhlapho), Thabo Matlaba, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Dean Furman, Andile Jali (Thuso Phala), Oupa Manyisa, Themba Zwane (Mandla Masango), Tokelo Rantie (Bongani Zungu), Bernard Parker (Sibusiso Vilakazi)Subs: Jackson Mabokgwane (GK), Darren Keet (GK), Eric Mathoho, Siyabonga Nhlapho, Mandla Masango, Thuso Phala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thamsanqa Sangweni, Bongani Zungu, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Bongani Ndulula.Cameroon: 16-Fabrice Ondoa, 12-Henri Bedimo, 21-Aurelien Chedjou, 9-Franck Bagnack , 5-Jerome Guihoata, 14-Georges Mandjeck, 4-Raoul Loe, 7- Clinton N’die, 15-Francis Etoundi, 11-Edgar Salli, 10-Vincent Aboubacar.SA Football Association and SAinfo reporter
For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Amanda Razani Tags:#Adobe Digital Insights#featured#top#travel#Uber#virtual reality#wearables Related Posts A recent report from Adobe Digital Insights claims that augmented and virtual reality, along with wearable technology, will be the newest travel industry disruptors.Mentions of wearable gadgets for traveling went up by 44% after the Ocean Medallion was introduced by Princess Cruises back in January. The Ocean Medallion is a small device that can be worn in various ways to serve as a passenger’s digital identity. It appears that consumers are eager to embrace the new wearable tech trend.See Also: Could connected shoes help tourists travel cities?Sales of VR devices were up big time during the 2016 holiday season, capturing consumers’ imaginations and driving new ideas for how VR can be used for businesses too. For example, the hotel industry has also begun taking an interest in this new trend: Eight major chains have been experimenting with offering virtual reality experiences to guests during the past six months.Car rental industry sees the downsideHowever, technology presents a downside for some parts of the industry. Car rentals made online have decreased by 14% during the first quarter, partly due to the success of Uber. Online reservations have decreased by 2% with each 10% increase in social media mentions. Last year, between March and December, Uber comments grew to 6 million, while car rental reservations were reduced by 28%.Other traveling trends have affected the car rental industry too. International travel to the US was reduced by 6% during the first quarter, diminishing the need for automobiles. And as airfare increases, many families may decide it is more economical to drive their own cars, rather than fly. One-stop destinations, such as cruises and inclusive resorts, have also have lessened the need for rental cars.Travel is a prevalent topic on social media, receiving about 14 million mentions every month, on average. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…