Test events to help prep asiad athletes

first_imgThe 18th Asian Games in Indonesia will provide a glimpse of what it feels like playing in the biggest sports meet of the continent.Erick Thohir, president of the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc), recently announced they would hold test events for nine sports next month to simulate the fierce competition at the Asian quadrennial meet to be held in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang.ADVERTISEMENT Test events in archery, athletics, basketball, boxing, football, weightlifting, volleyball indoor, taekwondo and pencak silat are scheduled Feb. 10 to 18 with 1,991 athletes and 487 officials from 45 countries expected to participate.Thohir, who also sits as president of the Indonesian Olympic Committee, said they were looking at 9,500 athletes, 20,000 volunteers, 3,500 media personnel, 2,500 VIPs and 5,500 technical officials to attend the Games set Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Indonesia is a part of globalization and sports is for unity,” Thohir told the Inquirer. “Our country is multicultural so respect for culture is very important and we want to show this image as part of globalization.”A total of 462 gold medals will be offered from 40 sports and 67 disciplines, 28 of them Olympic sports contested in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games. Roach says Gesta ‘looking good’ ahead of world title bout “The number of sports and events are already final but we will allow changes on the type of events to be played,” said Thohir, adding that accreditation for all participants, including members of the media, will begin within the month.Athletics will offer the most number of golds in 48 events while swimming will dangle 41 gold medals. Palembang will host 11 sports while the rest will be played in Jakarta.Filipinos brought home one gold, three silver and 11 bronze medals from the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.Thohir said a torch relay would be held six weeks before the Games. The relay would go through 10,000 kilometers covering six major cities in Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

Dwadifo Adanfo ‘Sell-Pay’ Vehicles Arrive

first_imgAn international transportation company headquartered in Accra, Ghana, announced over the weekend that its first consignment of 20 vehicles has arrived in the country.Dwadifo Adanfo, meaning “friends of the common people” in Twi (a Ghanaian language), is a microfinance company that was founded in Accra, Ghana, in 2009. It aims to provide basic products and services that include consumer finance, investment accounts, small and medium enterprise loans, and vehicle financing for quality assurance and consumer security in the formal and informal sectors of Africa.In an exclusive interview with this paper, Country Manager Dehkontee Wymon said over the years she has observed that many of the cars in post-conflict Liberia have not been properly maintained and are in no state to be declared road worthy.Based on that observation and other factors, her company decided to bring in 20 brand new 2013 model sedans and loan them to poverty-stricken, but vehicle-hungry Liberians on the basis of a  ‘sell-pay’ contract.The cars, according to Madam Wymon, are fully air conditioned and very fuel efficient; making them ideal for the African setting.She maintained that in the absence of the initial US$2,500 down payment, applicants are required to bring along a guarantor (backer, bondsman) who is financially stable.Concerning the payment of the US$2,500, Madam Wymon explained that the money would be used to maintain the cars, but within the coverage area of 2,000 miles. Any mileage beyond the stipulated 2,000 would incur additional fees.Once applicants have received their vehicles, they will not be allowed to go beyond the limits of Montserrado, Bomi and Margibi Counties.Madam Wymon said those in possession of the cars are expected to report US$25.00 per day for a period of three years in line with their agreements.“We know some people will be afraid because of the price, and because this type of business is new in the country. In spite of their fears, we are encouraging customers to take the opportunity and own a new car of their very own,” she said.Ms. Wymon said the initiative is aimed at addressing some of the challenges confronting the country’s transport industry.She disclosed that Dwadifo Adanfo would be implementing two of its programs in the country to help support the economic empowerment of its citizens.“Currently, we are working on phase one of the program,”Ms. Wymon explained, “which is the vehicle work and pay exercise, while the second phase would include, but not be limited to, bringing in huge consignments of building materials and furniture for workers.” By that, Wymon said, customers would be given the privileged to take home some of the building materials and furniture to make a monthly payment within the period of one and a half years.Trokon E.R. Hill, executive director of Dwadifo Adanfo, urged Liberians to do business with his company to derive the full benefit from its products for economic self-reliance.Mr. Hill is also encouraging potential business partners to purchase the cars to ease the burden of waiting for commercial transportation.Anyone wishing to do business with Dwadifo Adanfo can visit their offices on the 1st floor of the Urban Financial Central building located on 5th street, Tubman Boulevard or call them on cell numbers 0888329905 or 0886949666.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more