Over 50 Police officers from the Guyana Police Force’s A Division were on Tuesday recognised for their outstanding performance.Sergeant Clive Clarke, who is attached at the Brickdam Police Station, was awarded Best Cop for A Division.Sergeant Clive Clarke, Best Cop for A DivisionSpeaking at the event, which was hosted at the Brickdam Police Station on Tuesday, Police Commissioner Leslie James reflected on the various challenges Police ranks face on a daily basis in the execution of their duties.“I urge that you all remain steadfast and resolute in doing this work,” the Commissioner told the ranks, adding that when becoming a cop, officers have signed on and swore to provide world-class protection for all citizens and to remain steadfast and resolute as they execute their mandates.“This job must be dealt without fear, without affection, without malice, without ill will. You have the entire Force behind you and you must understand that. I am reminding you that the Guyana Police Force has a support mechanism, there is no need for you to extort [unassertiveness] while you execute your duties. It can be confusing when our citizens experience [unassertiveness] while you are executing your duties, so I urge while you engage the public you do so with much assertiveness,” James emphasised.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesIn addition, several officers were given on the spot promotion. The subordinate officer at the Stabroek Police Outpost, Corporal Hicks, was promoted to Sergeant. Woman Lance Corporal Rodney, who is attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Alberttown Police Station, was promoted to Corporal. Also promoted to Corporal are Lance Corporals Richard Trotz and Keyon Ward.Among the officers promoted to Lance Corporal were Woman Constables Erna Delicia and Tamesha Adams.Additionally, 43 other ranks received gifts for their outstanding performance.
Ostriches on a farm near Oudtshoorn inthe Western Cape. The town has longbeen the centre of South Africa’s ostrichindustry. Leather, decorated eggs and feathers …Along with low-fat red meat, the manyproducts made from ostriches.(Images: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Jennifer SternOstrich feathers have been a sought-after item for the adornment of soldiers and war horses, and generally as an integral motif in all areas of pageantry and public spectacle for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years. Through all that time the Middle East was the main supplier. That all changed with the European colonisation of the Cape.During the 1800s, ostrich feathers shook off their image of military pomp and circumstance, and moved from the tops of horses’ heads and the helmets of soldiers to the hats and shoulders of fashionable ladies. To feed this fashion, the ostrich farms of what was then the Cape Colony developed.There is some confusion about when and where the first commercial ostrich farm was set up. There are claims that the first farm in Little Karoo near Oudtshoorn was started in 1864, but the earliest records of intensive ostrich farming in the Cape is an article in the Illustrated London Times of March 30th 1878. In this the writer claims that a Mr A Douglass, who farmed near Grahamstown, was the first commercial ostrich producer.“Ten years ago, Mr. Douglass obtained three wild birds, and afterwards eight more,” the article reads.“As soon as he found they would lay in confinement, he began his experiments in artificial hatching. This attempt met with but little success for three years, till he invented the patent incubator, the success of which has become renowned.“By its means he has increased the eleven birds to 900, and these and others becoming dispersed throughout the colony have made ostrich farming, next to wool and diamonds, the most important industry of South Africa.”Fabulous fortunes founded on feathersImmense fortunes were built on the backs of these bizarre birds and the town of Oudtshoorn and surrounds are graced with beautiful homesteads, fancifully called “feather palaces” because they were financed entirely by the sale of these frivolous fashion items.Another beautiful building that owes its existence to this trade is the Feather Market in Port Elizabeth. This elaborate Victorian extravaganza was completed after much delay in 1855 at the immense cost of £54 000. No longer used to auction feathers, it is has been renovated, and is now used for conventions and functions.In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the birds were farmed almost exclusively for their feathers. As horrible as it sounds, the birds were plucked live, about twice a year. The leather was considered utilitarian at best, and the meat was not considered a delicacy at all, except when salted, spiced and air-dried to make biltong – South Africa’s ubiquitous savoury snack.As fashions changed, and the market for feathers declined, the farmers continued limping along until first the leather and then the meat became the new focus of interest. The leather is both hard-wearing and attractive, with its distinctive quill marks, from which the feathers have been plucked.“It’s not an easy leather to process,” says Anton Kruger, CEO of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber.“All the fat accumulates in the skin, and it’s a very complicated process to tan the skin properly to remove the fat and not damage the skin. We in South Africa have the expertise and experience, so South African ostrich leather is very sought after. We export more than 350 colours of ostrich leather.”It’s that peculiarity of the bird that makes the meat so sought-after as well. As all the fat accumulates in the skin, the meat, which is red like beef, not white like poultry, is almost completely fat- and cholesterol-free. So it’s the perfect choice for the health-conscious meat lover.“It’s a lifestyle product,” says Kruger, “and the demand, worldwide, is bigger than the supply.“South Africa produces more than 70% of the world’s ostrich meat, leather and feathers. And 75% of South Africa’s ostriches are in the South Western Cape.”Ostrich farming in South Africa brings in about R1.75-billion (US1.74-million) a year, about 90% of it in foreign exchange. These big birds are big business.All major stakeholders in the industry are affiliated to either the National Ostrich Processors of South Africa or the South African Ostrich Producers’ Organisation. Both organisations are members of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber, which facilitates the sustainability and profitability of the local ostrich industry.The ostrich diasporaFor various reasons, the fledgling ostrich industry became consolidated in the Little Karoo, the area around Oudtshoorn, and it was illegal to export any breeding birds or eggs. But where there’s a will there’s a way and, in the early 1990s a number of people managed to get birds out of the country and start ostrich farms in locations as diverse as Botswana and Russia.“Most of these did not flourish,” says Kruger. “You need the right climate and the expertise.”Around that time people in other parts of South Africa decided to try their hand at ostrich farming. Gavin Kanigowski, the owner of the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, says that the accepted belief was that you could only farm ostriches in the Little Karoo.“But that’s not true,” he says. “Van Riebeek raised two young ostriches in 1652. We know for a fact that they kept ostriches in the Company Gardens. And Van Riebeek sent two ostrich chicks to the emperor of Japan in 1658.” Jan van Riebeeck led the first colonising party from Holland to the Cape in 1652.“I went into this in a great amount of detail because the ostrich farmers said that you could only raise ostriches within 50 miles [80 km] of Oudtshoorn. I bought 10 ostriches and brought them down here and they died in the first week.“But that was because the guy I bought them from told me to leave them outside.”Undaunted, Kanigowski tried again, selectively buying breeding pairs, and now he has 400 birds on his farm just outside Cape Town.Black, red, white and blueThe most commercially sought after ostrich, according to Kruger, is the South African Black. Other ostriches, like the Kenyan Red, and the Zimbabwean Blue, are bigger and more aggressive.“The black ostrich is easier to farm with, and was bred to produce better meat, leather and feathers,” says Kruger.Of course, the “black” only refers to the male ostrich, which is a deep black with contrasting white underfeathers, while the females are a dull, dusty brown. It is thought that this is a good adaptation as the male ostrich guards the eggs at night, when it is dark, and the well-camouflaged female guards them in the day.Kanigowski takes this one step further. Looking at old paintings of ostriches around Cape Town, he says they are much whiter than those found in the Little Karoo, and believes there should be another strain – the West Coast White.“On the West Coast we have sand dunes,” says Kanigowski, “and a black ostrich on a white sand dune is not camouflaged, even at night. So a white ostrich male is more well camouflaged. And the females are more white than grey. It’s quite logical. So I’ve started selectively breeding them up.”Weird and wonderfulOstriches have shown incredible resilience as an investment, with one or the other aspect taking over as another becomes unprofitable, and tourism seems to be the big money spinner for the farmers now.“Ostrich farms don’t make money,” says Kanigowski. “The tourist industry is the biggest income stream. Tourists are the mainstay of the industry. They buy in the shop and eat in the restaurant. We have 65 000 foreign tourists per year, mainly from the Far East, and about 25 000 local.”Of course, he has the great advantage of being close to Cape Town, so he has a constant stream of tour buses disgorging their passengers so they can tour the farm, have lunch and then have their photograph taken sitting on top of an ostrich with Table Mountain in the background.Kanigowski does not allow his ostriches to be ridden. The bird’s chest is supported while the tourist gets his or her 15 seconds of ostrich-top glory. Some other farms do allow riding but, claims Kanigowski, “While ostriches are incredibly strong, they’re built for speed not for carrying weight. They only have two legs, unlike a horse, and they have very thin ankles.”But riding and even sitting on an ostrich is a small part of the attraction. Ostrich show farms make money because ostriches are really weird birds.Everything about these birds is odd. Their size and appearance seem to support the theory that birds are descended from dinosaurs. They’re the biggest bird alive today with the males growing up to a maximum of about 2.5m high and weighing between 100kg and 150kg. The females are a bit smaller.The ostrich is probably the only animal in the world whose brain is smaller than its toenail. Ostrich eggs are equal to about 24 hen’s eggs in weight and can support the weight of a person.One Johann Wilhelm Vogel, who visited the Cape in 1678, wrote of ostriches: “The bird has a wonderful nature, in that if iron or steel is thrown before it, it swallows it; and also digests it, since anyone who goes near them can hear how in the body or belly there is a boiling as if in a strong-heated pot, so that there must be a terrible heat or fire therein.“If anyone wishes to annoy this bird, especially an old one, it defends itself with its feet, kicking out behind it like a horse, and this with such strength that it can readily knock down and lay out anyone who is not careful.”That is stretching the truth a bit, but ostriches can kill a person with a kick, but they kick forwards. They do eat stones, but never digest them; instead, they use them for digestion. This leads to another interesting story, which is almost certainly apocryphal.Lawrence green, in his book Coast of Treasure, relates how a hunter shot an ostrich near Walvis Bay, and found 53 diamonds in its crop. This led, not surprisingly, to a veritable slaughter of the birds anywhere near the diamond areas. It’s a great story, and far more convincing than Vogel’s fanciful description, but has never been validated.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at email@example.com.Related articlesBotswana revives ostrich farmingFresh market for SA leather tiles Ostrich eggs hatch art fad South Africa’s tourist highlights Useful linksSouth African Ostrich Business Chamber Cape Town Ostrich RanchKlein Karoo Ostrich and Seed Group National Ostrich Processors of South Africa
Carla Viktor, 25, will be competing for the crown of Miss Earth in Austria. The pageant winner is to be crowned on 5 December 2015. (Images: Miss Earth South Africa)Well wishes are pouring in for Carla Viktor, the 2015 Miss Earth South Africa, who will soon be competing for the Miss Earth crown, the international beauty with a cause pageant.Some 92 contests from around the world will compete in the 2015 Miss Earth pageant. They will gather on 18 November in celebration of Miss Earth’s Crystal Year in Eco-Friendly in Vienna, Austria to promote environmental awareness. Viktor, who grew up in Hartbeespoort in North West, and her fellow competitors will focus on climate change through the 5Rs, namely: re-think, reduce, reuse, recycle and respect.The finals of this 15th annual event will take place on 5 December in Vienna. The host country is home to the Austrian alps, which cover 62% of Austria’s total land area. It is also on this continent that COP21 will take place in Paris, at the same time.Watch why Carla Viktor is an environmental warrior:GLOBAL TREE CAMPAIGNMiss Earth South Africa spearheaded a global challenge to the Miss Earth contestants around the world, the local group said. The South African office launched the #BigO2Challenge internationally ahead of the United Nations COP21 conference.This initiative started as a local semi-finalist campaign by Carla Viktor, Milanie Cilliers and Celetia Reynders. Through the tree-planting campaign, individuals, corporates, schools, and the general public were encouraged to get involved and plant trees, with the message: No Trees = No Humans. Miss Earth South 2015 Africa Carla Viktor (in middle) lends a hand to plant trees to show her care for Earth.Ahead of the biggest climate change conference to date, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP21, Miss Earth South Africa challenged Miss Earth ambassadors around the world to plant 21 trees on 9 November, marking 21 days before the opening session of the conference.“Climate change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes,” said Catherine Constantinides, the executive director of Miss Earth South Africa and a Play Your Part ambassador, “and it’s up to us to realise that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow. Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.” Miss Earth South Africa 2015 Carla Viktor says deforestation can be combated by planting trees and building awareness about the environment.Miss Earth South Africa planted 21 trees with Wildlands & Wildroot Environmental Consultants in Mamelodi, Pretoria East and 21 trees with Thornbirds Conference & Wedding Centre in Eikenhof, South of Johannesburg.Willowridge High School planting 21 trees in support of the @missearth_sa #BigO2Challenge #missearth2015 pic.twitter.com/F0UOauI58G — Milanie Cilliers (@Milanie_C) November 9, 2015 Potchefstroom Municipality in North West pledged to plant 21 trees, as did the George Campus of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and Kuilsrivier and Durbanville in Cape Town, all in Western Cape. “Not only does (the challenge) combat deforestation, it creates a sense of active participation and raises much needed awareness for this important cause,” Viktor said.Thousands of trees were planted in one day in over 40 countries for the #MissEarth2015 #BigO2Challenge! pic.twitter.com/SyPBv7uHNo — Miss Earth (@MissEarth) November 10, 2015 The campaign was a success, with people joining in and planting 21 trees in countries as diverse as Angola, Austria, Australia, Belize, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Fiji, France, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Reunion Island, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Ukraine, USA and Venezuela.PLAY YOUR PART AMBASSADORS Carla Viktor wears her dress for the international 2015 Miss Earth competition.Having won three consecutive gold awards for National Costume, Sonwabile Ndamase of Vukani Fashions was again asked to produce a unique garment that expressed what it was to be South African. Ndamase, who is a Play Your Part ambassador, said his objective had been to create the vision Viktor had of what it meant to be South African.Her wardrobe was styled by designer Vohni Muthubi. Muthubi grew up in Venda in northern Limpopo.“I want to create a range that is elegant and fun, that expresses youth and appeal, and that is uniquely Miss Earth South Africa, Carla Viktor,” said Muthubi. “This opportunity presents me with an organic opportunity to create something natural, with an environmental message.”WELL WISHESViktor is ready to champion the Earth with a stamp of approval from Minister Edna Molewa of the Department of Environmental Affairs. “Through your international work, you continue to make our country proud. I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world,” Molewa said.Commentators on social media also rooted for Viktor ahead of the international competition:@carlaviktor farewell breakfast. Wishing you all the best in Austria. #MissEarth2015 pic.twitter.com/m9ipm4l4RR — Imperial_Toyota (@Imperial_Toyota) November 10, 2015 @lead_sa @missearth_sa @carlaviktor @ChangeAgentSA @Abramjee @EllaBellaC @Derek_Hanekom @BEMolewa @CityofJoburgZA bring home the world title — Paballo Katleho (@kp_paballo) November 10, 2015 You’re going to rock it @missearth_sa @carlaviktor Have a blast and know we’re behind you every step of the way! X https://t.co/HXGeeOKfW9 — Thobile Chittenden (@ThobileITT) November 14, 2015 Good luck to @carlaviktor @missearth_sa as she leaves for Austria for the 15th International #MissEarth pic.twitter.com/2OyBvEl36b — Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) November 10, 2015 To learn more about Carla Viktor, read her biography here.
klint finley Compare Greenfield’s mock-up above with this screenshot of JackBe‘s Presto Wires: Visual programming has a long history, starting with perhaps Pygmalion and popularized by educational languages like Squeak and the audio and multimedia language MAX/MSP. But thanks to projects like Yahoo! Pipes and Lily, it’s a paradigm that’s regaining popularity.Visual mashup app programming faces many obstacles: performance, usability (both for the creation and use of apps) and access to the data and APIs needed. The latter problem, at least, is being worked on by various companies. Mashery is helping companies create APIs. Dapper (which seems to be more focused display advertising now) and Kapow, for example, scrape data from sites that don’t have XML feeds and offers it up in a variety of formats.As we’ve previously reported, mashups are the most popular “web 2.0” technology in enterprises, and Forrester estimates the enterprise mashup market will be worth $700 Million by 2013. Tags:#Analysis#enterprise#news#Products#Trends Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now In the read/write era, enterprise technology has been playing catchup with the consumer sector, integrating social networking, wikis and activities streams into business-grade applications. But that hasn’t always been the case – look at the evolution of e-mail, which was originally nurtured by enterprises. And there’s at least one area in which enterprises are leading the pack today: point-and-click app creation and the data mashups that feed them.The easy creation of apps and mashups are particularly of value to enterprises as they enable an organization to vet, purchase and deploy an app platform once and then let users create the tools they need – so long as the platform is able to guarantee enterprise-grade compliance. In a blog post titled “Are enterprise mashups the Excel of our era?” Heather Havenstein wrote in 2008:Users have a long laundry list of projects they need to get done that typically fall below the radar of IT, which is usually distracted with much bigger problems like keeping the lights and pipes on and developing massive back-office applications.Mashups allow users to get this laundry list of needs met more quickly without the delays or costs commonly associated with going the normal route through IT.The new version of KickApps Studio will support drag and drop authoring of data driven and multimedia iPhone/iPad ready HTML5 apps, KickApps Corporation announced today. The new functionality will compliment the platform’s drag-and-drop Flash authoring tools.KickApps Studio screenshotKickApps Studio, launched two years ago and, is capable of various data mashup functionality, is mostly focused on marketing, not on internal use. JackBe, on the other hand, is focused on internal app use. We covered their internal app store platform recently. The company’s products, revolving around Presto Hub, are dedicated to creating secure, enterprise-grade apps from a point-and-click environment.Adam Greenfield, author of Everyware and outgoing head of design direction for service and user-interface design at Nokia, mocked-up his vision for a consumer-oriented app creation and data mashup platform he called “Momcom” in response to Google App Inventor. Greenfield’s concept is a simple, point-and-click interface for creating mobile apps powered by data mashups. Related Posts
Focus on value over giving away the store. The odds of business survival are not stacked in your favor. Even the most optimistic business leader cannot argue with the available statistics about business survival rates.According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, two-thirds of all businesses make it at least two years while half of all businesses make it to their fifth anniversary. It’s only one-third of all businesses that can celebrate a decade.The good news is that the longer your business has been around, the more likely it will stay that way. Those first few years in business seem to be the hardest, so if you can just get through them, you may have built something that can last generations.When the Unexpected HappensThat’s not to say that things can’t go very wrong at any time however. For example, a data breach could lead to huge fines and even a lawsuit. A natural disaster could wipe out your livelihood. These types of unexpected events can harm even the strongest of businesses and leave a company on the verge of bankruptcy.Many companies have hovered near bankruptcy, including Apple, IBM, GM, Lego, and even Starbucks. Countless smaller brands and startups alike have experienced this, including famous individuals like Stan Lee, Walt Disney and Abraham Lincoln.Internet marketing leader Jerry Banfield is one of these individuals. “I got so many clients that I was literally taking people in faster than I could handle them. Then, my personal life started going downhill. I ran my business into ruin by maxing out all my business credit cards.”Amazingly, these companies and individuals turned it around and scaled their businesses to greater heights than they ever had before.Here are 7 real-world business strategies that founders can leverage to scale their businesses even if they’ve had a near bankruptcy: Don’t be in business just to make money. Bart Schachter The mantra that a company is only in business to make money is no longer popular today. Yes, there has to be cash flow to keep the ship afloat. But, it shouldn’t be the sole purpose of the enterprise.Many of today’s customers want to know that you are doing something good with those profits, not just lining pockets or paying bills. Doing good for others and paying it forward can provide a significant return that will continue to build your brand and trust in the eyes of your prospects.Get involved in a cause you feel passionate about, donate time or money, and encourage your audience to learn and get involved with that same cause. This was an important lesson that Banfield learned during the many times he had to rebuild his Internet marketing business.“The problem was that I discovered what I was offering in terms of services for social media advertising were already being replicated by other agencies. Or, some customers had even figured out how to handle it themselves.To stop the income from evaporating, he kept learning new skills. Then he focused on where to apply those skills to work for an audience struggling with key problems. For leaders, that means continuing to scan and listen to the market to identify those areas. Then, it’s about taking that vision, acting on it, and communicating what you do differently. Ask customers before assuming you are doing things right. Choose quality over quantity. Lego is a prime example of this reality. It’s a company that pleased generations of kids and parents until around 2007 when many of it’s products seemed to be slipping in quality and it had lost some of the magic that made it what it was. The company continued to assume it was doing everything right until the financials said otherwise.When the company started making Lego sets that customers told them they wanted, revenue came back. The same goes with any other brand. Listening to customers needs and wants and then delivering on those is the best strategy a leader can follow. In the rush to amp up revenue, many business owners are tempted to use an “any means necessary” approach that often either violates rules or exploits loopholes.Banfield learned this the hard way on Google, Facebook, and Udemy where he initially disregarded site policies completely. He then started following rules more carefully, but still exploited loopholes and committed minor policy violations.The problem is that these strategies may work in the short term, but eventually site administrators catch on. Banfield was no exception, as he suffered suspensions and account bans just when business started to pick up again.Instead, you should aim for steady and consistent growth from the beginning. Learn how to use sites and services effectively within their frameworks. Bans become far less likely, and lifetime success tends to be exponentially higher compared to quick money schemes that collapse. Leaders can also go wrong when they think they should create a massive portfolio of products or services. They want to be everything to everybody. However, like with multi-tasking, it leads to doing a lot of things not so well.If you’ve ever watched one of those shows where an expert comes in to a restaurant to turn it around, you know that one of the first things they change is the menu. They often downsize it from a book to a page or two.The reason is that the kitchen staff can do a much better job quality-wise with a few key dishes than they can preparing 100 items. This is why restaurants like In-N-Out Burger are so popular. They have just a few items, but those items beat out most other hamburger joints easily.The same goes with that business you are trying to scale back up. Pick those products or services that you know will deliver the best quality and experience. Stick with those and you’ll go far. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Bart Schachter is an investor, operator, and tech affectionado, with a passion for business operations, team building, product design, finance, and deal making. Bart has been an entrepreneur, VC, corporate executive, and turn-around operator. He lives in San Francisco and all his view are his own. Aim for steady growth instead of fast success. In a panic to get their ship financially righted, a leader may try to use freebies and highly reduced merchandise or services to win customers quickly. The strategy is that more people will come to get the free stuff and help build the business back up. However, what happens is that you essentially mainly attract the type of customer you don’t want: the one that comes for the free stuff, and moves on to the next company that is using a similar strategy.Instead, think about how Apple came back from the brink. Steve Jobs and his team did not offer cheap products. Instead, they turned the brand into an exclusive must-have through marketing and by creating something unique. Then, they unapologetically priced those exclusive products at higher values because they were perceived as cool and innovative. Be transparent with what you are doing. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces It may be easy for some leaders to decide they should get crafty in order to rake in those quick bucks. After all, there are many scams or ways to fool customers that can fasttrack a company to better financial results. Some examples of this may include unnecessary repairs, fake fans on social media or re-sold leads.However, these methods usually don’t bring long-term, stable success or return customers. In most cases people figure out that the brand they trusted may not be following the letter of the law or isn’t being entirely honest or ethical in its business practices.You might think it will take longer to bounce back by being transparent in everything you do. But the new reality is that it could be exactly what you need to get and keep customers for the long term. If you can prove your trustworthiness, savvy customers will see it and appreciate it.Companies that have been less than transparent may have to work twice as hard to regain trust. Facebook is a current example, using TV ads to essentially beg forgiveness for its lack of data transparency. Wells Fargo’s recent sales practices also significantly harmed that bank’s reputation and it’s still trying to win back lost customers. 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This photo taken on March 18, 2019 shows Wang Shenjiong, who was head coach of China’s national breakdancing team at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, during a training session at his studio in Shanghai. – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on March 27 gave it the provisional nod for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Games. (Photo by MATTHEW KNIGHT / AFP) / To go with AFP story Oly-2024-CHN-breakdancing, Focus by Peter StebbingsLAUSANNE, Switzerland— Breakdancing and three other sports have made the next move toward becoming medal events at the 2024 Paris Olympics.The International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Wednesday recommended adding breakdancing, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing to the Paris program when the full membership meets in June.ADVERTISEMENT A final decision must be made by the board in December 2020 after further monitoring of the four.Also Wednesday, the IOC board agreed to continue helping North and South Korean athletes and officials work together despite diplomatic setbacks between the neighboring governments in recent days.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsJoint Korean teams are being prepared in four sports to try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and a co-hosting bid for the 2032 Summer Games is a possible aim.With those 2032 Olympics and the 2030 Winter Games in mind, a panel has been asked to look at ways of making an often expensive and politically unpopular candidate process “more flexible and more targeted.” “The IOC may approach a city or a region and tell them, ‘Listen, isn’t it not a time for you now?’” IOC President Thomas Bach said at a news conference after the second of three days of board meetings.Making the Olympic Games more affordable and responsive has been a key aim for Bach. He praised the four likely additions to the Paris medal program as “more gender balanced, more youthful and more urban”“These four sports also offer the opportunity to connect with the young generation,” he said.Though breakdancing would be new in the Summer Games, the other three are already confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lineup.All four sports will be assessed for how they are managed, and the integrity of competitions and judging, before being finalized for Paris.ADVERTISEMENT The IOC hosted a meeting of Korean government and sports officials in February, one year after the neighbors fielded a combined teams women’s ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Olympics hosted south of the border.Last Friday, North Korea withdrew staff from a shared liaison office in its border town of Kaesong. Some staff returned to work on Monday.“We will try to continue our efforts there with a view to helping and assisting the athletes and the (national Olympic committees),” Bach said.Combined Korean teams — in women’s basketball, women’s field hockey, mixed team judo, and men’s and women’s rowing — are preparing to enter qualification this year to compete in Tokyo.If a Korean bid emerges for the 2032 Olympics, it could compete with candidates from Australia, India, Indonesia and Russia which have expressed early interest.Asked if plans to simplify Olympic bidding could see the IOC approach a favored city, Bach said it was “not our goal.”“The Olympic Games are too big and too important that you could have an arrangement with a city,” he said.The new panel of five IOC members, chaired by John Coates of Australia, aims to suggest ideas for the candidate process by the June 24-26 meeting of the full membership in Lausanne. MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event One-two punch Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments