eSports are indeed … sports — IOC

first_imgMysterious plane damage while in flight rattles Oklahoma Thunder Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 In a statement, the Summit members agreed that “competitive eSports could be considered as a sporting activity, and the players involved prepare and train with an intensity which may be comparable to athletes in traditional sports”.The eSports explosion has already been widely recognized in Asia with the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, planning to include it as a medal sport for the first time in what is seen as an important step towards Olympic recognition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“eSports are showing strong growth, especially within the youth demographic across different countries, and can provide a platform for engagement with the Olympic Movement,” added the Olympic Summit statement.However, Olympic chiefs were keen to keep enthusiasm in check. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set In this photo, taken on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, an esports competitor takes part in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Including competitive computer games, known as eSports, could give the Olympics a younger audience and a huge revenue boost from a rapidly growing market, but would be deeply controversial. APLAUSANNE, Switzerland — They may apparently require no more than a comfortable chair, decent knowledge of a computer screen and nimble mastery of controllers, but the International Olympic Committee insisted Saturday that eSports are indeed…sports.An Olympic Summit, under the guidance of IOC president Thomas Bach, meeting in Lausanne hailed the phenomenal growth of video games.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments “In order to be recognized by the IOC as a sport, the content of eSports must not infringe on the Olympic values.“A further requirement for recognition by the IOC must be the existence of an organization guaranteeing compliance with the rules and regulations of the Olympic Movement (anti-doping, betting, manipulation, etc.).” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

GOLF NEWS – LETTERKENNY LADIES DO THEIR BIT FOR CHARITY

first_imgLetterkenny Golf Club Ladies NotesLittle Angels Prizewinnersl to r Back Row: Angela Kilgallen, Bett Boal, Maureen Shanahan, Trac Spencel to r Front Row: Lady Captain Sandra McMonagle (winner), John and Phil Murray (sponsors), Marian O’SullivanThis week was special in Letterkenny Golf Club Ladies Club as there were two competitions that are close to our hearts, Little Angels and Breast Care.Tuesday saw a large number of ladies enter the Little Angels Open Competition, kindly sponsored by Phil and John Murray and their family. Best 36 handicapper was Breid McLaughlin, Tracy Spence had the only 2, Front 9 Maureen Shanahan (21 points), Back 9 Anne Flannery (20 points), 4th was Betty Boal from Portsalon (35 points), 3rd was Angela Kilgallen (35 points BOT), Gross was Tracy Spence (24 gross points), 2nd was Marian O’Sullivan (36 points) but the winner with a tremendous 43 points was our Lady Captain, Sandra McMonagle. Thursday came but, unfortunately, so did the rain so there were not too many braving the dreadful afternoon weather for the Breast Care competition, kindly sponsored by Maureen Shanahan, Bernie Dunleavy and Grainne Hines. In 3rd place was Bridie Gildea (30 points), 2nd was Peggy Forde (31 points) and in first place was Marian O’Sullivan (32 points). Congratulations to all this week’s prizewinners and thanks to our loyal sponsors.After the Breast Care Competition the tension was mounting in the clubhouse. The time had come for the draw for Tuesday’s first day of Lady Captain’s competition. 66 ladies were drawn, all vying to win the biggest accolade of the golfing year for our Ladies Club. After Tuesday’s play, a draw will be done for Saturday’s play excluding the top 15 from Tuesday – they will go out to play last, thus ensuring an exciting finish and a hard fought prize for the eventual winner.Best wishes to Lady Captain Sandra for her celebrations and good luck to all the competitors in the various competitions throughout the week.GOLF NEWS – LETTERKENNY LADIES DO THEIR BIT FOR CHARITY was last modified: August 4th, 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MCBREARTY ON FIRE AS KILCAR OUTPOWER DUNGLOE

first_imgOur seniors made it two wins out of two following a 1-20 to 2-05 win over Dungloe in Towney on Monday, the reserve match was postponed and is scheduled for this Saturday at 6pm.Underage Our Minors were defeated away to St Nauls by 4-05 to 1-08 on Sunday, they beat Four Masters in Towney last Tuesday by 1-17 to 1-06 they play Naomh Columba this Wednesday at 5pm, our Under 14s drew with Killybegs in a trilling match the final score was 6-07 to 7-04 they travel to Ballintra to play Naomh Brid/Pettigo this Tuesday at 5:30pm.Gaelic4GirlsGaelic4girls starts in Cill Chartha on Thursday March 31st in Aislann Cill Chartha with an information evening for parent/guardians, it for girls from 8-12 years and a sample of a training session for girls with their coaches It introduces girls to football in a fun environment and participants get a G4G T shirt and certificate on complicationCost of the programme is €8 for the 12 weeks. For more information come to our information evening or ring Caroline 087-2696803.Top of FormClub Gear We now have a selection of Club gear on sale in Áislann Chill Chartha.Club Membership Closes this weekClub membership for 2016 is now available at the following rates. Adult Playing Members €30, Student Playing Members €20, Adult Members €20, Family Membership (2 adults &Children U18) €40 and Student/Juvenile Members €10. Membership can be paid to Denise McSweeney. Forms are available in Aislann Chill Chartha, for download from our website or from Denise. All Adult members paid up before Mar 31st will be entered into a club draw.Club AppWe have now 210 members mark on our FREE mobile app if you would like to sign up just follow these steps to download your free team App for CLG Chill Chartha.1. On your phone or iPad go to the app store 2. Search for Team App 3. Install Team App to your phone 4. Search for CLG Chill Chartha 5. Log in and register for the CLG Chill Chartha Club app. 6. You will receive an email notification when you are added you to the system. LottoThere was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €3,900 this week’s numbers were:  7, 9, 21 and 28 winners were: €50 Piarsí Hugh Saoirse O’Donnell €30 Seamus Cunningham, Muckross €20 Neil and Kathryn McGinley, Uminskin and Enda Bonner, Dungloe.Club Bingo Jackpot now €6,800!There was no winner of our Club Bingo so next week’s Jackpot is now €6,800 on 45 numbers. This Sunday’s winners were €300 Shelia Diver €140 Mary Tuberty €100 Rose McFadden €80 Sharon Love, Margaret McBrearty €70 Margaret Doherty, Mary T Byrne and Brid Blessing. SympathiesWe would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the following who passed away recently BabyMolly Marie Rafferty, Drimreagh, Francie Byrne, Coguish and Mary Agnes Gallagher, Cronroad.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.For the latest news visit our website www.clgchillchartha.com you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter at facebook.com/CillCharthaGAA and @KilcarGAAGAA NEWS: MCBREARTY ON FIRE AS KILCAR OUTPOWER DUNGLOE was last modified: March 30th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAkilcarSportlast_img read more

‘A great challenge for us to shut everyone up’ – Spurs star wants to silence doubters

first_img revealed “It’s a great challenge for us to shut everyone up,” said Dier. “We’re going to enjoy that challenge. We’ve got a fantastic squad here, with fantastic players in every position.“To strengthen it is not easy. All the other teams around us might have signed players but not many of those are better than the players they’ve already got. If you’re trying to create a better atmosphere or give the team a boost, then that’s cool but we’ll find the same boost in a different way.“So we’re really happy, we’ve got a fantastic group. We really enjoy training together, playing together and being with each other. We’ll just continue to build on that. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier in action against Newcastle United. SORRY 2 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 predicted “For the past three years we’ve been challenging the best teams in the country and last year we were challenging the best in the Champions League with the squad that we have here today.“As the manager has said, we’re in a fight but we’re having to use different tools. We’ve known that for the past three years and we have to try and compensate for what other clubs can do in different ways with our attitude, work ethic, desire and we have to try and compensate in those ways. It’ll make us better.” gameday cracker Tottenham Hotspur were beaten by Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 but are targeting progressing further this season. smart causal However, Dier believes they’ve already proven their quality over recent seasons and feels the players themselves can boost their performances in ways and aren’t reliant on new bodies being brought into the club.And he reckons their quest to prove people wrong will drive them on throughout the 2018/19 campaign. possible standings latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Most Popular Premier League News Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won whoops Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tottenham Hotspur star Eric Dier has admitted he and his team-mate will enjoy the opportunity to shut the club’s critics up after they failed to make any new signings in the summer transfer window.Their inability to bring any extra players in and improve their squad was seen as fatal to their chances of success this campaign, with many pundits writing them off. How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade changes Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? silverware 2last_img read more

Breaking: Minister sends in Air Corps chopper and soldiers to fight Donegal fire

first_imgThe Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, has scrambled Air Corps helicopters and army personnel to the scene of a serious gorse fire in West Donegal.The huge fire, in the Annagry and Loughanure areas, is out of control and in danger of coming into contact with homes.At least eight sections of Donegal Fire Service have been battling the blaze for the past five hours. They have been supported on the ground by scores of local volunteers who are risking their lives to beat out the flames.Local TD and Leas Cheann Comhairle Pat the Cope Gallagher called on the Minister for Defence to mobile the Aer Corps and soldiers in a bid to halt the spread of the fires.He has criticised how long it has taken the Minister to make a decision on the matter.“The Minister has just called me to confirm the approval has been given for a helicopter to travel to Annagry and that army personnel are also being sent to assist Donegal “Myself and Donegal County Council requested the Minister to send up the Aer Corps four hours ago and they have only mobilised them a short time ago and I am very disappointed that it took so long.“We cannot delay this any longer as these fires are out of control. We must stop this fire as it spreads towards homes,” he said.There is still no indication as to how the latest fires started.Donegal County Council also made a decision to employ a private company to bring in a helicopter to spread water over the flames.The eater for the choppers is to be taken from nearby lakes and then spread over the most dangerous areas. Among those battling the blaze is local county councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig.“It is very intense. As soon as the fire service get it under control the wind whips up the flames again.“The community response has been amazing but we are still in the middle of trying to bring this under control,” he said.It comes just days after two homes were destroyed two homes in Annagry. Breaking: Minister sends in Air Corps chopper and soldiers to fight Donegal fire was last modified: April 26th, 2019 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:Air CorpsArmyblazedonegalfiresoldierslast_img read more

Cape Town is infected with public art

first_img30 January 2015Cape Town’s city bowl will be transformed into an entrancing outdoor art gallery and theatre – where there is always something to catch the eye and performances are free – during Infecting The City.It’s a vibrant and innovative annual public arts festival that “strives to bring exceptional, socially engaged performance and visual art out of theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces of Cape Town’s central business district – transforming the city centre into an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone”, say the organisers.Infecting The City runs from 9 to 14 March this year, with the art happening along specific routes through the CBD. There are daytime and night time routes, appealing to office-hours workers and night-time party people, as well as pieces that pop up unexpectedly across the city.Some of the routes are planned around hubs of activity – “central spaces that will be activated for the whole day with various installations, participatory artworks and performances”. And beyond the scheduled performances, artworks run throughout the festival; there are also artworks that are mobile, without time or place, and can only be experienced if stumbled upon.All performances are free; the principal partners are the national Department of Arts and Culture, Spier and the City of Cape Town.“Whether you are an active participant or more detached observer, whether you participate in a route as a planned activity or come across a moment of performance in your everyday use of the city, the hope is that you will be able to engage with the spaces of Cape Town in ways that will be transformed by your experience of public art,” says the organisers.Infecting The City 2015, they add, has been designed to be fun and entertaining, as well as politically charged and challenging. It features South African artists, as well as artists from the rest of the continent and abroad.Programme highlightsThe programme includes Living Room Dancers by Swiss choreographer Nicole Seilers. Audiences are invited to view dancers through binoculars as they dance simultaneously in the windows of a block of flats.Johannesburg artist Sandile Radebe’s Colour Me In presents an old city map that includes the lines of racial segregation and asks the viewers to redraw and colour in the city they want to see.Nicola Elliot, the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Dance in 2014, presents Chalk. It explores how the delineation of chalk can change meaning. A few players meet to have a “very ordinary” dance-game within the unstable demarcations of a shifting and busy section of the Cape Town CBD.Jacqueline Manyaapelo and Khayalethu Witbooi ask some important questions about South Africa’s education system in UnEducated. Berlin artist Hilla Steinert and Elize Vossgatter, from Cape Town, make connections in The Braid by plaiting a braid using grasses they have collected. Audience members are invited to contribute materials to plait into the braid.An Africa Centre initiative, Badilisha Poetry X-Change is both an online audio archive and a Pan-African poetry show delivered in radio format. The largest online collective of African poets on the planet, Badilisha has showcased and archived over 350 Pan- African poets from 24 countries.For Infect The City, it takes a poetic expedition to unearth Cape Town’s lesser- known stories. The guided walkabout attempts to add new perspectives, insights, narratives, rhythm and rhyme to the temperament of a city that is known for its tensions and its possibilities. Cape Town poets Blaq Pearl, Genna Gardini, Khadija Tracey Heeger, Kyle Louw and Mbongeni Nomkonwana have been commissioned to write poems that will speak directly to a selection of themes including education, transportation and homelessness.Photographer and filmmaker Brent Meistre, the winner of the first Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum’s Biennale exhibition, presents Analogue Eye: Video Art Africa, Mobile Drive-in & Pop-up Cinema.It pays homage to the traditional drive-in experience and early projectionists such as Sol Plaatjie who, travelling across South Africa, took the moving image to the people. Analogue Eye takes video works from the gallery to meet a wider audience in unexpected public platforms and spaces. Video Art Africa is a curated screening consisting of three programmes of diverse video artworks by 37 artists about, from or on the African continent.Other works explore social issues and events such as Marikana and the 2014 kidnapping of 273 girls in Nigeria, and other artists include Zee Hartmann; Wojciech Gilewicz; Sanjin Muftić; Siphumeze Khundayi, Sonia Radebe and Sethembile Msezane; Vincent Chomaz; Velvet Spine; Wesley Pepper; Luthando Mthi; New World Dance Theatre; New Moon Collective; Rhodes University Fine Art Department; Jazzart Dance Theatre; Jnr; and Lesiba Mabitsela.Infecting The City is a project of the Africa Centre, an international centre for creativity, artistic excellence and intellectual engagement that uses “Pan-African cultural practice as a tool to: manifest what otherwise would only sit in our imaginations; release new ideas and make them freely accessible to receptive audiences; and ensure that people living on this soil can define for themselves what is possible and what their reality looks like”, it says on its website.Its other programmes include Artists in Residency, Everyday African Urbanism, Talking Heads and WikiAfrica, all of which “celebrate and encapsulate what it means to be in Africa today and what is conceivable for 21st-century Africans”.last_img read more

‘USGBC v. Energy Efficiency’ Finds Its Way to Litigation

first_imgThis is an interesting time for proponents and detractors of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program. As one the most popular green-building certification services in the nation, LEED also is one of the biggest targets of critics who find fault, in various areas, with its rating system.One common complaint is that energy efficiency isn’t properly weighted in LEED criteria. At a green-building summit co-presented last month by the Oklahoma State Home Builders Association, for example, forensic engineer Joe Lstiburek, a principal at Boston-based Building Science Corporation and a GBA Advisor, took aim at what he said were essentially identical levels of energy efficiency performance among LEED-certified commercial buildings and a national performance survey of buildings that were not certified.A principal weakness in the current lineup of green-building rating systems for commercial buildings, including the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation program, Lstiburek said, is that they give too much weight to factors other than energy efficiency, which in his view should account for 80% of the ratings score, with water efficiency covering 10% and materials 10%. He went on to emphasize the importance of taking the time to focus on often-neglected building-science details – floor-to-wall and wall-to-ceiling points of contact in particular – when developing building plans.Another critic presses his caseThen, last week, simmering concerns about LEED certification came even closer to a boil. A lawyer for Henry Gifford, an occasional GBA contributor and the owner of Gifford Fuel Saving, an energy consultancy based in New York City, filed a class-action lawsuit on Gifford’s behalf on October 8 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claiming that LEED doesn’t deliver as it allegedly promises on energy efficiency, water efficiency, or air quality.The complaint refers to “Defendants’ deceptive marketing claims that LEED-certified properties use 25% less energy and achieve CO2 emissions reductions over non-LEED-certified improved air quality and improved water efficiency, false claims which deceive substantial segments of the market in violation of the Lanham Act…” The Lanham Act is a federal law designed to protect against trademark infringement and false advertising; the suit also alleges fraud under the Sherman Antitrust Act.The class of plaintiffs includes Gifford, building owners who have paid for LEED certification, tradespeople who have lost business because of USGBC’s allegedly fraudulent climb to market dominance, and taxpayers whose taxes helped pay for LEED certification of publicly commissioned buildings. The complaint demands $100 million in compensation, cessation of alleged deceptive and fraudulent practices, and payment of legal fees.Interpretations of dataThe assertions in the suit hinge in large part on Gifford’s analysis of a 2008 study comparing predicted energy use in certified buildings with actual energy use, and with a national average for existing buildings. The study was conducted by USGBC and the New Buildings Institute, which drew on data from the Department of Energy’s Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey of 2007.As Environmental Building News noted this week in its report on the lawsuit, NBI concluded from the data that LEED buildings are, on average, 25% to 30% more efficient than the national average – a finding that contrasts starkly with Gifford’s analysis of the information, which concluded that LEED buildings are, on average, 29% less efficient.USGBC told EBN it would respond after it has reviewed the complaint. Meanwhile, Shari Shapiro, a LEED Accredited Professional who is an attorney with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, based in Philadelphia, noted in a blog posted on GreenBiz.com that the complaint’s standing as a class action could be shaky given the diversity among the plaintiffs and the disparate harms USGBC’s program allegedly caused them.Questions of guarantees and intent“The plaintiffs,” Shapiro writes, “are purporting to file suit on behalf of a whole range of plaintiffs with all different harms – harms to building and design professionals who sought educational certifications, building owners who paid additional money to have their buildings certified and other unspecified ‘consumers,’ and taxpayers.”Should the class action fail to be certified by the court, Gifford would be the sole plaintiff. The harm done to his business by LEED, he told EBN, stems from USGBC’s allegedly false claims that its product saves energy – claims that allegedly have advanced LEED’s market power unfairly. “Unless you’re a LEED AP,” he said, “you’re not going to get work.”While the suit might further focus attention on an issue that Gifford believes is vital to the building industry, for his legal team to advance and win the case, it not only would have to demonstrate that his interpretation of the NBI study is correct but also prove – through the discovery process, should the case proceed – that USGBC intentionally misled plaintiffs on the issue.One USGBC co-cofounder who was not named in the lawsuit, Michael Italiano, pointed out, however, that while the LEED for Existing Buildings program (introduced in 2002) provides a system for tracking building performance, LEED projections about energy efficiency for a project are just that – projections. “LEED doesn’t guarantee anything,” he told EBN, “and I think LEED gives people the tools to understand that.”last_img read more

Indian Students Win Startup Award in Singapore

first_imgThree Indian students studying in Singapore have jointly won an award for their startup idea about automating the process of medical claims.Akshay Gupta, Vinayak RD, and Sachin Sanjeev, who are from India and studying doing Global Master of Business Administration at SP Jain School of Global Management, won the Flywire Challenge, jointly organised by the school and payment transaction group Flywire, a statement said yesterday.Read it at Daily Excelsior Related Itemslast_img