Jamaica has won the bid to host the 2016 Caribbean Volleyball Senior Men and Women Championship to be held in July of this year.Jamaica had been in contention to host the championships that will feature eight male and a similar number of female teams from across the region battling for the right be called Caribbean champions. Trinidad and Tobago are the defending male and female champions.Martinique had also expressed an interest in hosting the championships, but following a visit here late last year by president of the Caribbean Zonal Volleyball Association (CAZOVA), Mushtaque Mohammed, it was decided that Jamaica was the better option. During his visit Mohammed conducted site inspections and looked at hotels in Kingston. He also met with athletes and officials before making his decision.”From my inspection visit, it was evident that you and your team have the enthusiasm and drive necessary to provide the best conditions for the hosting of our major tournaments,” Mohammed told Jamaica Volleyball Association president Rudolph Speid in a letter communicating the good news.This will be the second occasion this year that Jamaica will be hosting a major international volleyball tournament as the island is set to host the second round of Women’s Beach Volleyball Olympic Qualifiers in Ocho Rios, at the end of January.
SAIDS has launched a campaign to rootout doping among South Africa’s athletes.(Image: Sports and Recreation) SAIDS’ Shuaib Manjra and sports ministerFikile Mbalula launched the campaign. SAIDS urged professional athletesto sign the campaign’s pledge.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Khalid GalantCEO, Institute for Drug Free Sport+27 21 761 8034Bongani NkosiThe South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) has launched a major campaign to raise awareness about illegal performance-enhancing substances and curb doping among local athletes.SAIDS introduced its “I Play Fair, Say No to Doping” campaign at a media conference in Johannesburg on 14 June 2011.“The core of our campaign is ‘I Play Fair’, let’s bring ethics back into sport,” said Shuaib Manjra, SAIDS chairperson.The drive, targeting professional and amateur athletes across the country, will provide education on banned substances and run actual doping tests. The campaign’s pillars are deterring, detection and prosecution, said Manjra.SAIDS’s latest statistics show that there has been a 100% increase in positive tests for doping over the last two years. The number jumped from 19 in 2009/10 to 50 in recent months. More than 2 000 athletes were tested in each year.Doping is an unacceptable practice that needs to be rooted out for the benefit of the country, said the Cape Town-based institute. The problem of doping is compounded by lack of broad knowledge on banned supplements in local athletics. Manjra conceded that some sports people were inadvertently taking the drugs.The Department of Sports and Recreation has thrown its weight behind the new campaign. “We support the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport in this regard to aggressively attack the use of drugs in sports,” said its minister, Fikile Mbalula.Mbalula will attend the Super Rugby match between the Bulls and Sharks at Loftus stadium in Pretoria on 18 June to raise awareness about the drive. His deputy, Gert Oosthuizen, will do the same at the clash between the Cheetahs and Stormers in Bloemfontein, also on 18 June.The government would like to see the campaign reaching out even to the “far-flung areas of our country”, said Mbalula. “It must be brought to the attention of everybody … that using drugs is cheating”.I Play Fair will also enter the realm of social media to reach its targets and campaign road shows are planned for the country’s rural areas.The South African Rugby Union became the first sports association to support SAIDS’s campaign. “We hope that more sports federations will endorse the initiative,” said Manjra.Bryan Habana, a Springbok wing, became the campaign’s first ambassador after signing its pledge.Schools’ permission neededSAIDS appealed to schools to give it permission to conduct doping tests among adolescents, as part of the campaign. The agency is to sign memoranda of understanding with academic institutions. “We’re willing to work with schools. All they have to do is come forward,” said Manjra.Parents are also urged to endorse testing in schools. “We have to intensify our awareness efforts, working with parents and young people,” said Mbalula.SAIDS’s initiative also has the backing of the World Anti-Doping Agency. Doping is a huge threat to sports all over the world and it’s critical that federations promote campaigns that deter the trend, the world body’s director general David Howman said in a statement.Regulating supplements sectorThe supplements manufacturing and distribution sector remains largely unregulated, according to SAIDS, and new legislation needs to be introduced.Lack of regulation is to blame for the general accessibility of supplements that contain banned drugs, like anabolic and prohormones stimulants.“This is an industry which is jeopardising the future of many of our athletes and we need to regulate it,” Manjra pointed out.SAIDS has launched its intelligence unit to uncover manufacturers and traffickers of illegal sports drugs. It alleges that these individuals are targeting unsuspecting athletes across the country.“We believe that every athlete who leaves the shores of the country to represent us is an ambassador of the country,” Manjra said.“We want a pledge from our athletes for clean play.”
Engine Yard is coming out with new custom services today that played a pretty important role in helping its customers avoid the now historic Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage last week.It was 1 a.m. PST on April 21 when the first notifications started surfacing that there was a problem with the AWS East region out of northern Virginia. Engine Yard uses AWS as its infrastructure provider, much like Heroku, another Ruby-on-Rails platform. An Engine Yard support technician in Israel first saw the problem and alerted the support team that something was wrong. Later that morning, the Engine Yard team made the decision to use a custom service they had developed that had not yet gone live. Luckily, it worked and gave customers a way to move to the AWS West zone. It required the help of customer support. It was a risk. They had no idea how the service would fare. But in the end, it was a risk worth taking. Engine Yard customers had some downtime at the start of the crisis but were soon up and running once they moved to the West region. Engine Yard averted a major outage.That is in stark contrast to Heroku, which had prolonged outages culminating yesterday with an explanation and apology to its customers for the major service disruption.New FeaturesEngineYard is launching new features today that includes the custom service that allows customers to have a backup in a second region.“We can build custom solutions so environments are replicated so failover can happen in a more regular way,” said Tom Mornini, co-founder and CTO in an interview yesterday. The new features extends Engine Yard’s global reach. Customers now have the choice of any AWS region. Before, Engine Yard was only available in the US-East region. Now the service is available in all five AWS regions, which include a second on the North America West coast; one in Ireland and two in the Asia Pacific region (Singapore and Japan.)New Collaboration FeaturesEngine Yard is also announcing today the availability of new collaborative features that provide controls for a developer to manage multiple projects. In that role, the developer can give permissions, allowing access to other people. Previously, there was one user name and password. People would have to share the same credentials, creating the spectre of anonymous users. SuccessEngine Yard is looking pretty good following the AWS outage. It builds on some great success. The company, which started in 2006, now has 2,000 paying customers. Revenues are strong and it is looking pretty impressive following the AWS outage.For his part, Mornini is philosophical. The company had developed this capability that was available just in time. It was risky to unveil it but it worked.And in the end, that was the difference between success and failure. Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting