Humboldt State football’s 2016 schedule features five home games, lots of travel

first_imgARCATA >> Rob Smith doesn’t hide his desire to continue the Humboldt State football program’s upward trajectory.He not only wants to see his team continue to be one of the best in its region, but also make more of a mark on the national stage.That means building a schedule that will allow the Jacks to potentially get more quality wins and more national attention. And that’s certainly going to be the case come the 2016 season, as Smith has announced an 11-game schedule that will see Humboldt …last_img read more

‘Free Solo’ climbing star takes big risks, but do they encourage kids to follow suit?

first_imgSUNNYVALE — A decade ago, a crowd gathered on the rough gritstone of central England to watch Alex Honnold propel himself up a sheer wall of rock.  But by the time the Sacramento native had reached the summit, his erstwhile fans had dispersed, rushing off to aid an injured climber who had fallen nearby.At the time, Honnold’s audacious ascents, performed without the use of ropes or protective gear, were known only in climbing circles. Today he cannot escape enthusiastic crowds. “Free Solo,” …last_img read more

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PM Urges PASO/ODEPA Members to Use Sport to Grow Economies

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has charged members of the Pan American Sports Organisation (PASO/ODEPA), to capitalise on the extraordinary potential of sport as an instrument of economic growth and wealth creation. “In today’s global economy, sport has gained increasing importance and market value. However, prowess in the field has not been fully exploited as an instrument of economic growth and wealth creation, neither for the athletes nor for the millions of fans, whose support continues to fuel athletic excellence in our regions and sub-regions,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.She was speaking on Thursday, February 7, at the opening of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the PASO/ODEPA, which is being held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston from February 7 to 8.The meeting, which was declared officially open by the Prime Minister, is being attended by some 200 regional delegates and officials from the 41 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the Americas, which make up the organisation.Mrs. Simpson Miller said it is in the region’s best interest to combine the field of sport with the cultural and creative industries, in an effort to fully exploit the market potential that exists. “The reality is that the region’s sporting performances continues to be outstanding, yet some of our states and member associations have not fully capitalised on the substantive role sport can play within the cultural and creative industry framework of our societies,” she argued.The Prime Minister said that for some smaller member associations, there is the need to define policies and strategies that underscore the economic and social importance of sport.“This would bring a greater sense of equity among us and enhance the contribution of the associations to the collective purpose,” she added.Mrs. Simpson Miller informed that the Government aims to create a larger socio-economic role for sport in the matrix of the country’s cultural and creative industries.“The central idea is to enhance the economic performance and investment flows around sporting events, sport goods and sport services. In this way, we are nurturing cultural creativity and fostering innovation through an evolving national sports policy,” she said.For his part, President of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA), Michael Fennell, said like the JOA, all members of the PASO/ODEPA are committed to enhancing and developing the sport throughout the regions.“We will continue to concentrate on the welfare of our athletes; the practice of clean and wholesome sport; the satisfaction and enjoyment of our sponsors and various stakeholders; and promoting the Olympic values,” he said.Mr. Fennell argued that the task has become much more challenging at a time when there are financial difficulties in many countries within the PASO/ODEPA, “but nevertheless we have to carry out our responsibilities as best as we can.”last_img read more