Sports tourism

first_imgIt is very encouraging to see that the concept of sports tourism is now being discussed on a wider scale in Guyana. A primary function of a sporting event is to provide the host community with an opportunity to secure high prominence in the tourism marketplace. Therefore, the introduction of sports tourism as a major industry here is an excellent idea, and it would certainly be in the nation’s interest if the major players involved work seriously towards designing and implementing the necessary programmes and policies that would see Guyana taking advantage of the many opportunities available in the sector.Analysts have pointed to the fact that sports tourism is a huge and growing industry, with important economic implications for both the sport, the event, and the impact of travel and tourism-related benefits on host destinations.Many believe that sports tourism could become a viable and sustainable component of Guyana’s overall tourism product, and could make a tangible contribution to national development.The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) games here is a good example of the tremendous benefits that could be derived from a sporting event of that magnitude. Guyana, through the CPL, has benefited significantly from sports tourism since the inception of the tournament. The games’ economic impact locally has been both direct and indirect. According to CPL, assessment reports compiled have shown that the economy received close to US million last season. The net sum was calculated by looking at the influx of tourists to the country, hotel bookings, vending during the games, and the overall spending of persons during this period.With the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ success at CPL, Guyana has, over the past four years, benefited from some USM from the tournament.The League attracts some of the best international cricketers from across the globe, and this has set the stage for an abundance of thrilling T20 cricket for Caribbean fans and those in the diaspora. The six-franchise League gives territories such as Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda (2013) a great opportunity to reap tremendous economic benefits.Each year, the National Stadium at Providence — home ground of the Guyana Amazon Warriors — attracts sold-out crowds. With tournaments such as these, it is not only the sold-out stadiums that warrant the prestige, but also the chance to showcase one’s country on the global market, since television viewership would usually span each continent.Guyana must therefore capitalise on the economic successes of CPL, and work towards further developing sports tourism in general. The tournament has provided stakeholders here with a perfect opportunity to create a sustained sports tourism initiative.That said, for Guyana to fully benefit, there are a number of challenges which must be addressed urgently. These include ensuring adequate facilities are in place to host high-level games, and investing in training of personnel to ensure that we have the human resources necessary to organise and manage the activities, among other things.Marketing sports tourism requires sport and the host destinations to be cross-leveraged, to optimise the quality of experiences that the sports tourist obtains. Hence the quality of infrastructure and services at the destination provide essential support for the overall sports tourism experience. However, this is not a role only for the Government and sports associations; the private sector could become more involved by making the necessary investments, since they also stand to benefit.That said, sport should not be seen only as competition, but as having the potential to attract persons, both from the diaspora and other countries, which in turn would create a major boost to the economy through hotel accommodation, transportation, retail shopping etc.Caribbean countries such as Jamaica, Barbados and Grenada are regarded as good models of sports tourism. For these countries, it is a huge market, but they have made the bold decision by pumping the necessary investments into critical areas. Guyana could also do the same. In the words of veteran broadcaster Joseph “Reds” Perreria, “Guyana has tremendous possibilities for sports tourism”. CPL and the Amazon Warriors have provided a perfect start.last_img read more

‘Clásico’ match between Barcelona, Real Madrid postponed

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 6, 2019 file photo, Barcelona supporters wave Estelada or pro-independence flags during the Copa del Rey semifinal first leg football match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Next week’s “clásico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid, due to be played on Oct. 26, 2019, has been postponed by the Spanish football federation to avoid coinciding with a large separatist rally in riot-stricken Catalonia. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)BARCELONA, Spain— Next week’s “clásico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid was postponed Friday by the Spanish football federation to avoid coinciding with a large separatist rally in riot-stricken Catalonia.The federation’s competitions committee said Barcelona and Madrid have until Monday to decide on another date. Both teams said later Friday they would like to play the match on Dec. 18.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Separatist groups have called for supporters to rally in Barcelona on Oct. 26, the original date of the match.There appear to have been fears that protests could again get out of hand and make access difficult to the Camp Nou or create disturbances during the match.Acting Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said that if the match were played on Oct. 26 “there could have been security issues that conditioned the peaceful holding of the match.”Grande-Marlaska, however, added that “evidently we have the means necessary to guarantee security whenever it is played.”Barcelona said that it would have liked to play the game on the original date and that it “has the absolute confidence in the civic and peaceful attitude of its fans.”ADVERTISEMENT DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees The “clásicos” are the biggest matches of the year in Spain and some of the most watched matches in the world.Catalan independence flags are a regular feature at Barcelona’s home games, as are collective shouts for “independence” by separatist supporters.About half of Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents support a break with Spain, according to polls.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Gago’ The Spanish league wanted the match to be moved from Barcelona to Madrid because of security concerns, with the return match automatically switched from Madrid to Barcelona. But the competitions committee rejected that idea, saying that it was against its rules to invert the order of the games.The federation, in consultation with government officials, said Thursday it wasn’t safe to play on the same day as the rally.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Spanish league runs the top two football divisions in the country, while the federation controls regulations and matches for professional and amateur games.The northeastern Catalonia region has been rocked by violent protests each night since a Supreme Court ruled on Monday to sentence nine separatist leaders to prison. Around 400 people, half of them police officers, have been injured and over 120 arrested as radical protesters have used gasoline bombs, acid, rocks and fireworks to battle with outnumbered police. 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Ex-NBA star OJ Mayo joins Fubon Braves in ABL Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdowncenter_img Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Croatia shock Spain to top Group D in Euro

first_imgAlvaro Morata’s early strike got Spain off to a flying start, but, despite the absence of key man Luka Modric through injury, Croatia battled back to equalise before half-time through Nikola Kalinic.Spain captain Sergio Ramos saw a penalty saved by Danijel Subasic 18 minutes from time.And that miss proved vital when Perisic snuck the ball home at David de Gea’s near post.Croatia meet one of the best third-placed sides in Lens on Saturday.The manner of back-to-back victories over the Czech Republic and Turkey had seen Spain installed as bookies’ favourites to win an unprecedented third successive European Championship.Morata’s return to European champions Real Madrid from Juventus had been confirmed earlier on Tuesday.And he moved level with club teammate Gareth Bale on three goals in the fight for the golden boot by finishing off a slick Spanish move after seven minutes.David Silva’s cute reverse pass picked out Cesc Fabregas’s run and the Chelsea midfielder’s cross was tapped into an empty net by Morata.Spain looked rarely troubled at the back in their opening two games, but were given plenty of problems by Croatia despite the absence of star midfielder Modric.Kalinic stung the palms of David de Gea before forcing an error from the Manchester United ‘keeper as he dallied.The loose ball fell to Ivan Rakitic and his brilliant chipped effort floated over Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique on the line before coming back off both the crossbar and post.Morata had a great chance to double Spain’s lead when he failed to control Fabregas’s fine through ball with just Subasic to beat.However, Vicente Del Bosque’s men were pegged back right on half-time when Perisic’s cross from the left was delightfully flicked home by Kalinic.It was the first time Spain had conceded in 11 competitive games stretching back to October 2014 and first time they had conceded in the Euros for a record 733 minutes.The goal seemed to knock Spain out of their stride as Croatia pushed them onto the back foot at the start of the second period.De Gea saved from Tin Jedvaj to atone for his own error in flapping at a cross before Marko Pjaca sent an acrobatic effort just wide from the rebound.Pjaca also had claims for a penalty waved away as Croatia threatened the goal that would have taken them top of the group.Del Bosque responded by withdrawing front two Nolito and Morata for the more physical presence of Bruno Soriano and Aritz Aduriz.Spain were then handed a great chance to retake the lead when referee Bjorn Kuipers adjudged Silva had been pushed by Sime Vrsaljko inside the area.Modric appeared to send on a message to Subasic when he saw his Real Madrid teammate Ramos step up to take the spot-kick.And Subasic got lucky as his penalty save was allowed to stand despite the fact he had encroached well before Ramos took aim.Croatia took full advantage to blow the tournament wide open as Perisic lashed home to round off a clinical counter-attack leaving Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England all on the bottom-half of the last-16 draw.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatia’s midfielder Ivan Perisic celebrates his goal during the Euro 2016 match between Croatia and Spain, in Bordeaux on June 21, 2016.PHOTO/AFPBORDEAUX, France, June 21 – Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain’s 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship to top Group D after a 2-1 victory in Bordeaux on Tuesday.Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.last_img read more

So much promise, so little in return

first_imgThe Galaxy would overawe its MLS competition, flood the country with team merchandise and make the club brand one of the most prominent in American sports. Then the Galaxy played their schedule. And the wheels didn’t so much fall off … as explode in flames. “It’s certainly been an unprecedented adventure for everyone,” said Alexi Lalas, Galaxy president and general manager. “With peaks and, unfortunately, a lot of valleys.” The current Galaxy location? Death Valley. With six games left on their MLS schedule, the Galaxy are 5-13-6 and all but eliminated from the playoffs. No MLS club has fewer points than the Galaxy’s 21. No club has conceded more goals than the Galaxy’s 43. And certainly no franchise in recent sports history compares as an outright bust. The big bang of a breakout disappeared into a black hole of a season – and a club returned to obscurity in the L.A. market. What we now can see in hindsight is this: Expectations for the Galaxy were never realistic. The 2006 club didn’t even make the MLS playoffs. Beckham wouldn’t show until halfway through the season. The schedule created by MLS to showcase Beckham called for a brutal, grinding second half and 23 matches in three months. Then key players began dropping with injuries. And the plan/vague hope for a season that pivoted on an overhauled club jelling before Beckham, integrating him seamlessly, surviving The Schedule from Hell while the club was ogled like rock stars on tour … flew apart. “In all honesty,” Donovan said, “I’m not sure any team could have dealt with what we’ve had to deal with and come away with many more points. “This season has been unfair in many ways.” No arguing with that, really. A club that was shaky on opening night was blown up in the days before Beckham’s mid-July arrival. Becks brought a bad ankle with him to Los Angeles, played six games before hurting his knee in the midst of a 13 matches in 43 days grind … and the Galaxy never meshed, let alone mashed – while starting 31 different players and never rolling out the same lineup in consecutive matches. “With our injuries, our whirlwind of a schedule, we never got settled down,” Coach Frank Yallop said. “We still haven’t. “With no injuries, it was going to be tough. With injuries, it was going to be impossible. When you can’t practice, you don’t really become a real team; I don’t care who your players are.” We can’t really flog Galaxy players, coaches or management for their performance. The season was just too weird. We can fault the organization for allowing expectations to mushroom into The Second Coming. Sure. But for what happened between the lines? No. What the club needs now is stability. Time to integrate Beckham. To develop a style and a system and a team. And maybe the Galaxy conquers the world in 2008. Said Lalas: “It’s been in a strange way an essential type of transition. The experience … will make us stronger going forward. “It’s been challenging but ultimately unacceptable.” Inevitable, too. paul.oberjuerge@sbsun.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! You’ve got your sports slumps. Your ugly collapses. Your horrific train wrecks. Then there is the 2007 Galaxy season. Rarely has so much been expected of a sports franchise … and so little delivered. Add international icon David Beckham to a roster already featuring American superstar Landon Donovan, and the Galaxy surely would achieve heights never before imagined in Major League Soccer. last_img read more

2008 goals: reduce debt, then worry about losing weight

first_imgRecession looms, real estate markets are tanking and U.S. consumers owe more than ever before. So, what’s America’s top New Year’s resolution for 2008? Sliding into that favorite pair of jeans. According to 500 users of myGoals.com, a Web site devoted to helping people set goals, losing weight and reducing body fat are among the most urgent tasks on the 2008 To Do list. Fortunately for the health of the economy, the No.2 resolution is reducing debt, followed by starting a business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“In 2008, we expect people to focus a lot of time and energy improving their careers and getting out of debt,” said Greg Helmstetter, CEO of myGoals.com. “There is a strong entrepreneurial current running through this trend. “More people are realizing that one of the best ways to get ahead is to strike out on their own.” Thirty percent of career-related resolutions are expected to be entrepreneurial in nature, up from 20percent last New Year’s. If you need a 2008 resolution, consider these five areas: Be financially fit Whether they really mean it, consumers are at least talking about paying down debt and saving money next year. Making personal finance a priority is especially important now amid predictions of recession in 2008. Money management giant Charles Schwab offers some basic investing advice for workers to stay on track: Avoid reducing or ceasing regular 401(k) contributions. The S&P 500 has underperformed many of the major European and Asian markets. Make sure you have a diversified portfolio with a mix of investments. Consider a Roth 401(k) Look for election-year discussion about the retirement savings system. Sell your house Stop dwelling on the fact that this is one of the worst times to sell in recent history, and get to it. People still need a place to live, and transactions are happening. Here are tips from Redfin, an online real estate brokerage: Don’t overprice your property. Set your price to show up in Web searches. Because real estate sites filter on price in $25,000 or $50,000 increments, listings priced at or below these thresholds – $250,000 rather than $251,000, or $325,000 rather than $326,000 – get as much as 7percent more online visits. Debut on Friday. A December analysis of online traffic for 119,079 listings across seven markets found that listings that debut on Friday get on average 7.7percent more visitors in their first seven days than those that debut on the worst day, Thursday. Wait to list your property until neighboring foreclosures are off the market. Liquidate storage space This may be the toughest one of all (OK, maybe second to selling the house). But getting rid of the contents of a storage unit wins the lifetime procrastination award. Even if you only pay $100 a month, that’s $1,200 a year that’s being thrown away to save stuff you forgot about long ago. Here are some ideas for getting going: In addition to eBay and Craigslist, get to know other barter Web sites, such as Zwaggle. It’s a clearinghouse of baby equipment and kid gear that uses points instead of cash. Arrange a charity pickup. Organizations such as Salvation Army or Helping Hands for the Blind will pick up items they want. Donate to a school. Prepare for disaster This one is also very easy to procrastinate away. But with rumblings about being overdue for a big quake in Southern California, it’s a good time to just do it. FEMA has an in-depth guide covering everything from tsunami to nuclear blast at www.fema.gov/areyouready/index.shtm. Get in shape Let’s face it, everyone knows how to do this. It really is as simple as getting up and moving. In the words of native son and godfather of fitness Jack LaLanne: “Too many people make excuses, like I am too old, or I don’t have the time, or it costs money. Then when they get sick they go to the doctor and want a shot in the backside to make them healthy. Many so-called spiritual people, they overeat, drink too much, they smoke and don’t exercise. But they do go to church every week and pray: `Please help my arthritis. Please help me bring up my strength, make me young again.’ But tell me, can God go to the gym to work out for you? You have to do it!” barbara.correa@dailynews.com 818-713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Justice delayed

first_imgIf Stanley Tookie Williams’ defense team had had the foresight that Michael Angelo Morales’ did, the former gang member might still be alive today. Whereas Tookie’s doomed fight against his death sentence focused on his redemption in prison, Morales has wisely exploited the collective discomfort with the state’s role as executioner. He has claimed, in essence, that the death penalty hurts too much, or at least his lawyer, Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr, has. The result has been a de facto moratorium on executions in California that could lead to a long life for the man who raped, tortured and killed a young woman 23 years ago. But this shouldn’t be a complicated case. Lethal injection is the least-painful method of execution the state could come up with. Besides, trying to exclude pain – physical, psychic or emotional – from death isn’t possible. The two are inextricably linked. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The problem is that we’ve adopted a myth that if the killing doesn’t hurt, it’s not so bad. Make no mistake: It is bad. It’s the harshest punishment there is, and one that Californians have overwhelmingly supported for those who commit heinous crimes against others. By its very nature, execution is the antithesis of humane. But a jury, the courts and the people of California have ruled it’s what Morales deserves.last_img read more

Embedr: Embed Videos from Multiple Services in a Single Player

first_imgWith online videos, you can never watch – or share – just one. But creating a playlist that allows you to share those videos – especially if they live on a number of different services – can be more difficult than it should be. Usually, you’re stuck with a series of links or a page full of embedded videos. Next time you have multiple videos to embed, try Embedr, a service that takes all of your video content and makes it accessible from a single embedded player.Embedr is incredibly easy to use. Simply create a playlist and start adding the URLs of the videos you’d like to include. Don’t worry about the order. Once you’ve added all of the videos, you can reorganize them. During playback, videos automatically transition from one to the next. Or viewers can thumb through the screens below the main window to jump directly to the video of their choice.Embedr is all about speed. To test the service, we created the following player in about 30 seconds – and we were able to do so without even registering.Or maybe you’re more interested in a player that automatically updates with the latest content? Embedr will handle that too. The service features a “smart playlist” that will dynamically add new videos to your playlist based on keywords, categories, or YouTube user name. Embedr currently supports Atom Films, Blip.TV, College Humor, Dailymotion, Metacafe, MySpace Video, Veoh, Vimeo, and of course YouTube. It will handle up to 100 manually added videos or 50 videos per smart playlist.The Embedr service reminds us of a simplified version of SplashCast, a similar product we’ve reviewed in the past. SplashCast is still debating whether or not to continue the support of its user-generated content product. If they choose to discontinue their user-generated service, Embedr may be a viable option for those users.To begin creating playlists and embedding them, visit Embedr. Tags:#Video Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img rick turoczy 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

1 Million Teacher & Student Blogs Now Published on Edublogs.org

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Blogging#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick Australian educational blogging platform EduBlogs announced this week that it now hosts more than 1 million blogs published by teachers and students. The six year old, 15 person company offers free blogs, paid blogs and campus-based blog networks. It’s all built on top of WordPress and parent company IncSub says Edublogs is the second most-popular WordPress site online. (Presumably after WordPress.com.)Edublogs celebrated hosting 100,000 blogs in the Fall of 2007. The growth of blogging in education is an important development.Two weeks ago, wikis and mapping integration were launched on the platform.Edublogs used to offer a video hosting alternative to YouTube called Edublogs.tv as well, but took that site offline a year ago this month. The company said it would return but so far it hasn’t. That blog reading and writing has proliferated throughout the world of education is no doubt a boon to the efforts of educators. By helping teachers supplement classroom instruction, compare notes with peers and communicate online with students learning to express themselves in newly accessible public fora – education blogging is one of the best examples of meaningful application of a technology so often derided as shallow and of little importance just a few short years ago when organizations like Edublogs.org launched.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

AP Source: Chiefs get Clark from Seahawks for 1st-round pick

first_img(AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs are acquiring defensive end Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a first-round draft pick this year and a second-round pick in 2020.Almost immediately after word leaked of the trade Tuesday, Clark and the Chiefs worked quickly to reach agreement on a five-year contract worth up to $105 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by either team and was still pending a physical.Seattle landed the No. 29 overall pick to go along with the No. 21 pick the Seahawks already had. The teams are also swapping third-round picks. NFL Network first reported the trade.last_img

5 alternatives to a Goa holiday

first_imgGoa is actually done to death. Many of you are even tired of Goa’s commercial beaches and restaurants. To make it easy for you we have listed the following picture perfect beaches in Maharashtra and Karnataka that are good substitutes to Goan beaches.Gokarna, KarnatakaSituated 190 km south of Goa, Gokarna makes for a wonderful change from Goa’s fast paced, crowded beaches! Well known for the Mahabaleshwar temple and its untouched beaches, this is a peaceful town where you can enjoy a day basking in the sun or reading a book without any distraction. The best part is most of the Gokarna beaches are untouched by commercial activities.Marari, KeralaPhoto: whitesky.inKerala and its exotic beauty is an open secret. This vibrant state draws tourists from all over the world who readily gives in to its magnificence. We would suggest you to visit the lesser known treasures in Kerala like Marari Beach in Alleppey district. A sleepy town overflowing with beauty on all four sides, this town can be your God-sent escape from the world.Kovalam, KeralaPhoto: WikipediaFurther down south from Marari, there is another treasure in Kerala known as Kovalam. Basically a fishing village, Kovalam has got a lot of tourist attention in recent years for its clean beaches lined with coconut trees on one side. You can also opt for a highly rewarding cruise early in the morning with the fishermen or hire a surfboard!Havelock, AndamanPhoto: Facebook/Kerala TourismSparkling white sand, turquoise waters, vibrant coral reefs and a calmness that fills the air – this is what Havelock is all about. And if you are an adventurous soul, do add scuba diving, snorkeling, trekking, elephant rides, and a lot more. The Radhanagar and Elephant beaches are the best places to go for a swim and enjoy water sports.PondicherryadvertisementPhoto: Indiantravels.comNow renamed Puducherry, it is best known in India for its French culture and meditation. The erstwhile French colony retains the French flavours in its culture and architecture and is definitely a unique place to visit. Well known for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in neighbouring Auroville where thousands go to seek peace, this place has a well-maintained waterfront. Beach actions in Pondicherry include camping at the beach, canoeing, kayaking and backwater sailing.last_img read more