Olympic agenda 2020 reduces candidature budgets by 80 percent

first_img Loading… Technical services that candidates would have had to procure themselves to be able to design their projects in the past were provided at IOC cost and in partnership with its stakeholders. These included interactive working sessions and visits by experts to offer advice and assistance in areas such as Games concept, governance and operations, legal, marketing, finance, sustainability, and legacy. In addition to a reduced number of deliverables and presentations, the additional investment from the IOC in services and support has paid off by reducing costs and creating projects that are better suited for the future of hosts and the Olympic Movement. read also:Olympics boss reluctant to hold Tokyo Games behind closed doors Following the 2026 Host City Election and moving forward with the Olympic Agenda 2020 reforms, the IOC approved a more targeted and streamlined approach to future host elections, in which flexibility and sustainability continue to be key drivers. It opens the door to any interested party to enter into non-committal continuous dialogue with the IOC, which does not have to be edition-specific, through two permanent Future Host Commissions (Summer and Winter). It also allows the IOC to target a potential host if deemed beneficial to the Olympic Movement. The IOC will continue to offer hands-on support and expertise to help define and develop projects in partnership with the interested parties that will produce many long-lasting legacies for the local populations. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Independently audited accounts of the candidature process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 show the average budget was less than USD 5 million compared to approximately USD 35 million in the previous process for the Olympic Winter Games 2022. This was a direct result of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) implementing recommendation 3 of Olympic Agenda 2020, which called for reducing the cost of candidatures by further assisting interested parties. This information was presented to the IOC Session, held this Friday, in the report of the IOC Olympic Games department. “With Olympic Agenda 2020, we have a more flexible and collaborative approach to help interested parties align the Games with their long-term ambitions,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “This has made creating Olympic Games projects much more affordable and accessible, which was proven by the Candidature Process 2026 and the many expressions of interest we have received for future Olympic Games.” The 2026 process was completely reformed to increase partnership, flexibility and sharing of knowledge. It featured a one-year non-committal Dialogue Stage, during which the IOC worked for hand in hand with seven Interested Cities and National Olympic Committees. Additional support was offered to help them develop Games projects that could best fit their local context as well as their needs and long-term development plans.last_img read more

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Women of Troy unable to handle Georgia, Nebraska

first_imgThe first road trip of the season for the USC women’s basketball team wasn’t an enjoyable one, as the Women of Troy fell 67-60 to No. 12 Georgia on Sunday after being upset by unranked Nebraska 68-50 on Friday.No. 23 USC (1-2) likely won’t be in the polls much longer after never leading in two games the Women of Troy had hoped to add as solid road victories to their résume.“We definitely don’t come out as strong as we need to,” senior guard Jacki Gemelos said. “We kind of get the clue in the second half and try to close the gap, but we kick ourselves in the butt by not coming out in the first half as well as we should.”USC’s game against Georgia was the second part of its home-and-home series that started last season with a win for the Women of Troy at the Galen Center.This time, the Lady Bulldogs had home-court advantage and rode the crowd support to an early 21-7 lead.A 3-pointer from Gemelos closed Georgia’s lead to 26-19 at halftime, but the Lady Dogs ripped off a 14-2 run to start the second half to essentially put the game out of reach.Georgia still had a big 16-point lead with three minutes to go before USC strung together a 16-7 rally that was too little, too late.Sophomore forward Cassie Harberts chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double in the losing effort, and Gemelos led USC with 18 points while playing all 40 minutes of the game.USC was outrebounded 44-38 by Georgia and made only three of its 13 attempts from three-point range.“We just weren’t hitting shots [this weekend],” Gemelos said. “To get out of this slump and into our rhythm, we just need to start hitting our shots, and we’ll be fine.”That slump started on Friday night, when the Women of Troy made just three of 20 three-point shots, and were rolled 68-50 in a shocking upset to the unranked Cornhuskers.Nebraska started out on a 9-0 run and led by 13 points at halftime after barraging USC with their fast-paced offense and full-court pressure defense.That lead would be cut down to six points after a three-pointer by senior guard Ashley Corral made the score 44-38 with just less than 11 minutes to go in the game.But the Huskers responded with a 18-4 run that ballooned their lead to 20 points and put the game out of reach.The Huskers dominated on the boards, recording a 66-40 rebounding advantage led by three players with at least 10 rebounds.Senior guard Briana Gilbreath led USC with 18 points.The Women of Troy will have to try to stop their losing streak against one of the top teams in the country — they face off against No. 2 Notre Dame on Friday in the Junkanoo Jam in Bahamas. They’ll next play either No. 8 Duke or Gardner-Webb.Despite this weekend’s tough losses, Gemelos is confident her team can pull off an upset or two in the Caribbean.“There were times [against Georgia] when the score was really close, and that’s something in [and of] itself against the No. 12 team in the country,” Gemelos said. “We still have a lot of good teams left on our schedule and a lot of chances to redeem ourselves.”last_img read more

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Alpena High School to hold FAFSA night for families

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — We’re still in February, but the end of school year is approaching. For high school seniors who need to fill out college paperwork, the district is holding a FAFSA  night to help students and parents through the process.Twelfth grade and 13th year early college families are encouraged to stop in. Staff from Alpena Public Schools and Alpena Community College will be in attendance to walk participants through the process. The district is requesting that students register for a FAFSA ID online ahead of the event.Families should bring with them previous year federal 1040 tax forms for parents & student if completed, W-2 statements for parents & students, and if applicable,  disability income statements and child support paid/received.There will be pizza provided, so there’s a little incentive for you to come out and complete your forms. The event is this upcoming Tuesday,     February 11 at Alpena High School.It will be in the B wing megatronics computer lab from 6 to 8 p.m.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, College, FAFSA, High School, meetingContinue ReadingPrevious State of Michigan offers resources about auto insurance laws ahead of July 1 changesNext Mayor Matt Waligora discusses progress regarding medical marijuana decisionslast_img read more

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Andre Drummond, Montrezl Harrell latest to withdraw from FIBA World Cup

first_imgDrummond played on the 2014 World Cup team that defeated Spain in the final. Andre Drummond and Montrezl Harrell have joined the growing list of NBA players who have withdrawn from playing for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup.The team made the announcement Thursday, just a few days before training camp starts for the worldwide competition. Knicks rookie RJ Barrett won’t play for Canada in FIBA World Cup due to calf injury, report says The 22-year-old Adebayo averaged 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Heat last season, his second in the NBA. Training camp for Team USA begins Monday in Las Vegas and the final roster will be announced Aug. 17. Afterward the team will embark on a pre-tournament tour in Australia and then the play in the World Cup in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. Team USA also added Heat center Bam Adebayo to the roster, leaving 16 players in contention for 12 spots on the World Cup team. Drummond and Harrell are the latest to withdraw from the competition — Bradley Beal, James Harden, Anthony Davis, CJ McCollum, Eric Gordon and Tobias Harris also have dropped out in recent weeks. Related Newslast_img read more

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Freshman epee brings ‘la voglia,’ international experience to Temple

first_imgVolunteer assistant coach Melissa Forsythe works primarily with the team’s epees.  No other Temple fencer has competed internationally during the NCAA fencing season.  “I was impressed when I saw her fence for the first time, and after we had several conversations, felt she would be a good fit for us,” Franke said. “Her international experience and results were consistently improving, and she’s very dedicated.” When being recruited during her senior year of high school, Franke told Calderaro she could attend international competitions while also competing with the Owls.  On Nov. 16, 2019, while the Owls were competing at the Penn Elite Meet, Calderaro was competing at an under-20 World Cup event in Italy.  Freshman epee Margherita Calderaro practices with junior epee Marielle Luke at the TU Pavilion on Feb. 27. | JEREMY ELVAS / THE TEMPLE NEWS “La voglia” is part of the reason she decided to come to an American university, so she could go to school and fence, she added.  “It’s not always easy to make these types of decisions,” Calderaro said. “But thanks to the support and help from my coaches, family and teammates, I have been able to do well so far.”  “La voglia” is still Calderaro’s secret to growing as an athlete.  “[Calderaro] came in as a good fencer but has really improved in the time that she’s been here,” Forsythe said. “She’s had to adjust to a new coach, which is tough when you’ve only had one coach your whole fencing career, like she has, but it’s been an adjustment she’s dealt with well.” Calderaro competed with Club Scherma Roma before joining Temple’s team. She finished in sixth place at the 2019 Junior Italian Championship Finals, third at the 2019 Italian Regional and second at the 2018 Cadet Italian Championship Finals. Freshman epee Margherita Calderaro has brought a “wealth of experience” in her first season with Temple University fencing, coach Nikki Franke said.  “Fencing in Italy is more of an individual sport,” Calderaro said. “It is not as much of a team sport like at American universities, even though all the people that I have met at Club Scherma Roma are very close friends of mine.” Calderaro learned to fence because of her father, Michele, who was a modern pentathlete, practicing five different sports: fencing, swimming, horseback riding, shooting and running. Her father signed her up for fencing lessons with his pentathlete friends, she said. To keep her Italian ranking and attend future international competitions, Calderaro needed to attend this specific competition.  Stefano Giommoni, Calderaro’s coach in Italy, taught her the “secret to growth” is “la voglia,” which means “the want,” she said.  “I give my best at everything, at practice, in school and in competitions,” Calderaro said. “I never do anything without putting 100-percent effort into it. With all the effort I put into practicing and getting ready for a competition, I’m quite confident in my abilities.”last_img read more

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CAMINETTO UP TO WIN $60,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY A HEAD; SHAH, GARCIA & BAFFERT TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG WIN IN 1:08.87

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 18, 2015)–Kaleem Shah’s Caminetto wore down favored Cherubim late to take Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by a head under Martin Garcia. Trained by Bob Baffert, Caminetto got six furlongs in 1:08.87.Breaking from post position seven in a field of eight three year olds and up, Caminetto rallied four-wide turning for home and was just up to win on the money.“When we got to the stretch, he just decided to take off,” said Garcia. “He’s learning more. Before, he was a run-off type horse and now he’s more mature and he’s more fit.Second at the same allowance condition last out on May 21, Caminetto was off as the 5-2 second choice and paid $7.40, $3.40 and $2.80. A 6-year-old gelding by Stormy Atlantic, he improved his record to 8-3-3-1 and with the winner’s take of $36,000, hiked his earnings to $150,650.“I figured he’d be a little closer to the early lead, but then I looked at the time and they were going 21, 43…The way it worked out, I think it was better where we were, actually,” said Baffert assistant Jim Barnes, who returned to Santa Anita this morning along with Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. “We had to get up pretty early this morning in Louisville, because we had to get a horse out early to fly to Ohio. It’s great to be back home.”Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Cherubim angled inside eventual third place finisher Heir of Storm going to the quarter pole, took command a furlong out and finished 3 ¼ lengths clear of Heir of Storm. Off at 8-5, Cherubim paid $3.20 and $2.40.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Heir of Storm, who set the early pace, finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Drover Crazy for third money. Off at 9-2, Heir of Storm paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.45, 43.97 and 55.95.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 4 p.m. Admission gates open for simulcasting at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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Kitty roundabout to be opened for Independence Day

first_imgAs there continues to be mixed reactions by road users over the Kitty roundabout road project, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has embarked on a sensitisation campaign to educate motorist on the correct use of the facility ahead of its opening.During a press conference on Thursday at the Ministry’s Wright Lane office, Project Engineer Sherod Parkinson disclosed that the project is near completion and the Ministry is looking at an opening and commissioning before Independence Day.Further updating the media on the project, Parkinson said the project is about 95 per cent complete, with the only things left to do are the road markings and the installation of the road signs. This, barring any unforeseen barriers, should beProject Supervisor Sherod Parkinson along with WSG Design Engineers Imran Baksh and Jorge Linton at Thursday’s press conferencecompleted within the next week and a half, he added.The Project Manager went on to praise the performance of the contractor, S Jagmohan Hardware Supplies and Constructing Services, in getting the roundabout completed ahead of the June deadline.“The work started on time, it was executed in a manner above, what we would call the norm in Guyana, and because of the diligence of the contractor and the fact that he committed the resources necessary for project, we were able to get the project completed a month and a half before the schedule,” he stated.Meanwhile, as preparations are ongoing to have the finishing touches done, the Ministry has embarked on educating motorists and the general public about the correct use of the roundabout.“Currently we’re in the process of creating an animation that will outline the movements… We also have an e-brochure up right now that are showing the movements and these will also be printed,” MPI Public Relations Officer, Desilon Daniels, revealed.She went on to note too that the Public Infrastructure Ministry has also been in contact with the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) to further sensitise the public on the use of the facility.“We’re partnering with all the stakeholders to also get this information out to members of the public on how they could use the roundabout and how they can benefit from it in a most optimum way. So we are going through a public awareness campaign and much of it is going to be continuously rolled out leadingThe Kitty Roundaboutup to the opening and beyond that,” Daniels explained.The $78.9 million project saw the construction of the circulatory lanes, a truck apron, and central island. According to Parkinson, while some concepts had been floated around initially, there has not been any decision as to what the central island would be used for but he suspects it would be something with an aesthetic appeal.During the press conference, two engineers – Imran Baksh and Jorge Linton – attached to the Ministry’s Work Services Group (WSG) who designed the project, explained the rationale behind removing the traditional traffic signal interaction, replacing it with a modern round-about and the correct usage of the facility.The roundabout is expected to reduce waiting and stoppage time for motorists heading to the East Coast of Demerara and those using Carifesta Avenue, Vlissengen Road, and the Kitty Public Road, which will in turn reduce fuel consumption.When completed, the flow of traffic in the area is expected to significantly improve by 30 seconds since vehicles heading to the East Coast of Demerara and those using Carifesta Avenue, Vlissengen Road, and the Kitty Public Road will no longer have to stop and wait on the traffic light to change, even when no vehicles are in the way.Other benefits of the roundabout are fewer collisions, which is more prevalent with signal intersections, and the severity of those collisions, of which one of the caused is speeding. The speed limit on the roundabout is 30 kilo meters per hour.last_img read more

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Injured Jelavic to miss Chelsea clash

first_imgHull City’s top scorer Nikica Jelavic will miss Sunday’s Premier League game against Chelsea and could be out for the rest of the season because of a knee injury.The 29-year-old, who has netted eight goals this term, has been struggling with the problem this term and has now had to have surgery.Tigers boss Steve Bruce said: “We hope, knowing Jela, he’ll do his best to play a part [this season], but if we’re going to be realistic, it could force him out for the rest of the season.“Since the last operation it was pretty evident that it was still troubling him. It came to a head when he couldn’t really train again last week.”The Tigers started with Jelavic and January signing Dame N’Doye in a two-man attack against Leicester City last week.But although record signing Abel Hernandez is an option to replace Jelavic in the same formation, Bruce may well prefer Sone Aluko playing in a wide role in a 4-5-1 system.Meanwhile, Bruce believes Chelsea’s Champions League exit against Paris St Germain will not affect the chances of manager Jose Mourinho guiding his side to the title.“Jose has focused his attention straight back on the Premier League,” Bruce said. “They haven’t got that distraction and they are near-on certainties to go on and win the league.“Chelsea are the team everybody is trying to beat. You can’t see them, five points clear and with a game in hand, blowing the situation. But we need a result ourselves because we’ve got some tough games ahead.”Hull will also be without suspended midfielder Tom Huddlestone.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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DeadHeads and Retweeters: Crowdsourcing Influence

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The freemium model was implemented with the assumption that merchandise and concert sales would follow. Although the band sought legal action for commercial bootlegging, the group knew that attempting to hold back regular fans from making personal recordings would not only be foolish, but it would be impossible. Instead, an open recording policy for concerts not only pleased Deadheads, but it paved the way for some of the band’s best advocates to recruit others. It’s estimated that recordings for 2,200 of the 2,350 Grateful Dead concerts exist and many of them are available online. Given the fact that all of these recordings required no overhead from the band, it was a great way to crowdsource distribution and increase influence. The group even went so far as to reserve an on-site spot for tapers in a special section behind the soundboard. This reserved space can be likened to a consumer-facing startup community’s willingness to offer viral tools such as blogging buttons, bookmarking widgets, Facebook fan pages and Twitter integration. The idea here is that a company reserves a space for free distribution in order to gain mindshare and find a conversion funnel for paying customers. In the startup world, the point of conversion has always been up for debate. Said investor and entrepreneur Dave McClure, “There is a role for freemium, but unless you missed the TPS report the FREE part is only a loss-leader for the MEE-YUM part — it’s a test-drive before you buy something. If your users are just kicking the tires then you need to kick them to the curb eventually.”That being said, as proven by the Grateful Dead, freemium content and permission to redistribute can trigger a mechanism for broad influence. Because influence generates perceived value, startups may find it easier to overcome barriers for customer acquisition by offering limited teaser content. After all, if the Grateful Dead can overcome wallet friction from more than 40 years of psychedelic drug users, surely a groundbreaking experience can rally loyal (and paying) fans. Photo Credit: Jim Marshall from the Grateful Dead Archives Last week the New York Historical Society opened the first large-scale exhibit of material from the Grateful Dead Archive. The archive will be managed by the University of Santa Cruz with special access to four decades worth of videotapes, recordings, fan letters and even a note from President Obama. What is surprising about the archives and the band itself, is that this classic group of rock icons is being touted as one of the first businesses to take an active role in viral marketing and brand influence building. Beyond the iconic imagery of the Uncle Sam skull, the dancing bears and the jester, the Grateful Dead are so well known for their viral influence on fans that entire academic careers have been spent studying the band as a sociological phenomenon. In a recent article entitled, Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead, writer Joshua Green outlines how the band’s willingness to allow its music to spread via taped concert recordings is similar to that of many of today’s startups. Said band lyricist John Perry Barlow, “What people today are beginning to realize is what became obvious to us back then–the important correlation is the one between familiarity and value, not scarcity and value. Adam Smith taught that the scarcer you make something, the more valuable it becomes…The Internet doesn’t behave that way…If I give my song away to 20 people, and they give it to 20 people, pretty soon everybody knows me, and my value as a creator is dramatically enhanced.” Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts dana oshirolast_img read more

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