WiPay launches new online service in Guyana

first_imgChief Operations Officer (COO) of WiPay, Sacha ThompsonPopular payment system, WiPay, and its partners will now give scores of Guyanese businesses an opportunity to benefit significantly from its newest online payment solution, which now enables businesses to accept cash payments online without the use of a credit card. This new online service was announced on Wednesday during a press conference at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel, East Bank Demerara.Through its partnership with WiPay, Caribbean Airlines now has its new option to purchase airline tickets; this process includes purchasing a Caribbean Airlines ticket over the phone by use of a WiPay Top Up Voucher at any time without having to physically visit the Airline’s office.Meanwhile, businesses can make and receive payments online by simply downloading the WiPay plugin for free and integrating it onto their website or Mobile App.Chief Operations Officer (COO) of WiPay, Sacha Thompson, underscored that the introduction of this new online service is game-changing and is financial inclusive as it gives every person the opportunity to benefit from the service. “This is game-changing, this is new, this is financial inclusion because everyone can now access the opportunity… so for 95 per cent of the Guyanese population that do not have a credit card and do not wish to travel, can now in four simple steps purchase a WiPay Top Up voucher….WiPay online merchants can now accept payments with WiPay Top Up vouchers online,” she stated.Meanwhile, Caribbean Airlines Sales Executive, Deon Inniss expressed satisfaction with the establishment of the new online service in Guyana, while noting that the new project undertaken will benefit the airline significantly since it is more convenient to its customers.“Now that we are going live, we can tell you that we are extremely excited for this project of ensuring continued customer convenience… I myself have tried it and I can tell you it’s very convenient in particular for Guyanese customers who we know have very much difficulties in terms of access. You no longer need to come to our office, we are particularly happy that this particular facility has been launched and we look forward in finding ways to bring relief to our customers,” Inniss stated.The ‘cash’ payments online is similar to the mobile ‘Top Up’ culture that exists in the Caribbean. A customer can simply go to any authorised WiPay partner location (eg Bill Express), purchase a ‘WiPay Top Up’ for the required amount. The customer can then use the Top Up’s unique 12-digit code to make a ‘cash’ payment online to any business that uses WiPay’s payment gateway.Wipay is a next-generation provider of payment solutions, using innovative technology enabling the ‘banked’, ‘unbanked’ and ‘un-carded’ to partake in the online and e-commerce space.last_img read more

Poly topped by tourney host in El Segundo Blue Div. finale

first_imgThe Jackrabbits travel to Westminster for a nonleague doubleheader Tuesday. Lakewood 12, Servite 6 Jonathan Johnson, Kevin Luyben and Michael Schultz all had three hits to lead the Lancers (4-1) to victory in their final game of the Loara Tournament. Johnson scored three times and added an RBI and Luyben had two runs and two RBI. Schultz scored twice. Omar Jimenez pitched four innings to earn the victory. Lakewood plays Paramount in a nonleague doubleheader at 3 p.m. Monday at Blair Field. The first loss of the season for Poly High’s baseball team had them feeling Blue. The Jackrabbits gave up five runs in the third inning of Saturday’s championship game of the El Segundo Tournament Blue Division and fell to the hosts, 7-2. That puts Poly’s record at 4-1. Jordan 6, San Pedro 5 Alfredo Lopez, Abraham Alarcon and Juan Becerra all had RBI singles in a four-run seventh inning to lead the Panthers (4-1) to victory at the El Segundo Tournament. Lopez went 3 for 4 with a double, triple and two runs. Jordan plays Los Alamitos in a nonleague doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Blair Field. Los Alamitos 6, Woodbridge 2 Mac Sullivan went 3 for 3 with a three-run home run in the first inning to lead the Griffins (4-1) to victory in the third-place game of the Loara Tournament. Gahr 10, Narbonne 1 Joe Park had three hits, including a triple and a home run, and Victor Sanchez had three RBI in the consolation championship of the El Segundo Tournament. Chris Devensky pitched six innings and earned the victory. Gahr travels to Mira Costa for a nonleague game Tuesday. Bellflower 5, S. Torrance 1 Anthony Gose and Sal Olmos threw a combined no-hitter for the Bucs (3-2) at the El Segundo Tournament. Gose struck out six batters and Olmos struck out two. Senior outfielder Josh Thompson went 2 for 2 with a run and two RBI. Bellflower plays Millikan in a nonleague doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Blair Field. Aliso Niguel 4, Artesia 3 Shane Taylor hit a solo home run in the fourth inning for the Pioneers (2-3) at the Loara Tournament. Downey 10, Trabuco Hills 2 Michael Gil was 3 for 4 with three doubles and two RBI for the Vikings (3-2) at the Loara Tournament. David Jackson added two doubles and Steven Hernandez pitched five innings for the victory. St. Anthony 3-10, Brethren Christian 4-7 Freshman second baseman Nick White went 3 for 3 with two RBI for the host Saints (3-1) in the second game of a nonleague doubleheader. Derrik Henry struck out four in the first game for the Warriors (2-3). Centennial 19-9, Rolling Hills Prep 9-6 Josh Lovingood and Jahmal Frazier each hit for the cycle in the first game of a nonleague doubleheader sweep for the Apaches (3-1). Lovingood was also 3 for 3 in the second game and Mike Mejia hit a solo home run. Avalon 3-5, Oxford Aca. 6-4 Chaz Delehant hit a walk-off home run with no outs in the bottom of the seventh for the Lancers (2-2) to split a nonleague doubleheader. Mary Star 12, South East 0 (5 inn.) Joe Morgan hit a solo home run for the Stars (3-2) in an easy victory at the Southern California Invitational. SoftballSan Pedro 1, Gahr 0; San Pedro 6, Torrance 0 Holly Stevens scored Perelini Koria with a double in the bottom of the seventh to lead the Pirates (6-2) past the Gladiators in the quarterfinals of the Downey Tournament. San Pedro’s Taylor Petty allowed just three hits and struck out six. Gahr’s Roni Alvarado had 12 strikeouts. In the semifinals, the Pirates received home runs from Kailee Cuico and Hannah De Gateano. San Pedro plays La Palma Kennedy in the final at 3 p.m. Monday at South Gate Park. Gahr 7, Garden Grove 3 Brittany Nava struck out six and allowed six hits for the Gladiators at the Downey Tournament. Gahr plays Katella for fifth place Monday at Downey High. Downey 2, Katella 1; La Palma Kennedy 4, Downey 1 Jackie Serrano drive in Debra Lovell with a single in the ninth inning to beat Katella at the Downey Tournament. The Vikings (4-1) got one run in the first against Kennedy. Downey plays Torrance for third place at 3 p.m. Monday at South Gate Park. Marina 3, Poly 0; Poly 4, Edison 0 Courtney Priddie hit a two-run home run and Morgan Bittner hit a solo shot to lead the Jackrabbits (2-2) to a split at the Cypress Tournament. La Mirada 8, Mira Costa 0; La Mirada 4, Troy 1 Christina Pedroza struck out 19 batters in 12 innings and had six hits and three RBI in leading the Matadores (3-1) to the Cypress Tournament consolation championship. Kandis Jones had three hits and scored three times against Troy and Rebecca Walker hit a solo home run against Mira Costa. Troy 4, Warren 1; Warren 11, Mira Costa 10 Yvette Bravo went 4 for 4 with five RBI and three runs to lead the Bears (3-2) past the Mustangs at the Cypress Tournament. Bravo had a triple and a three-run home run. Paramount 3, Chino 0; Paramount 3, Palos Verdes 0 Christine Gonzalez allowed just six hits in two complete-game victories at the Downey Tournament. Sarah Barton and Marina Quijano each had two hits and an RBI against Chino. In the second game, Diana De La Paz went 3 for 4 with two RBI and Gonzalez was 2 for 3 with an RBI. The Pirates (5-2) play Carson in the consolation championship Monday. Cerritos 3, Artesia 2; Cerritos 6, Glenn 4 Ashton Hinds struck out 13 batters and Samantha Adams had two RBI against Artesia at the Downey Tournament. In the second game, Betty Espinoza had an RBI double and Noor Dahdul had three hits. Carson 6, Huntington Beach 1; Carson 7, Norwalk 5 Ashley Ventura had four hits and three RBI in a pair of victories for the Colts (5-3) at the Downey Tournament. Theresa Poni struck out eight and didn’t allow an earned run against Huntington Beach. Vanessa Luna had an RBI double in the seventh inning against Norwalk. GymnasticsMoore League previewValley Christian finished with 175.275 points to claim the team victory and Crusader sophomore Kristen Barca won the all-around Friday night at Wilson High. Barca won the uneven bars (9.8) and floor exercise (9.3) and finished with 38.15 points. Millikan’s Jill Locantore won the vault (9.6) and Wilson’s Melissa Thomas won the balance beam (9.7). Boys volleyballS.D. Best of the West Tourn. Wilson went 3-1 and finished ninth out of 32 teams. Sam Morehouse had 90 assists, 23 kills and seven blocks for the day. Mike Wilder had 52 kills and eight blocks and Jarood Lofy added 32 kills and 16 blocks. Valley Christian 3, Mayfair 1 The Crusaders earned a 23-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-17 nonleague victory over the Monsoons on Friday night. On Saturday, Valley Christian went 4-1 at the Arcadia Tournament to reach the semifinals. Venice TournamentCarson defeated Marshall (25-16), Sylmar (25-19) and El Camino Real (26-24) in the final to win the tournament. Pal Nihipali had 51 kills and seven aces Saturday and was selected tournament MVP. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Sophomore Mario Gordon started on the mound for the Jackrabbits and took the loss. He was relieved by Brent Tani in the fifth inning. Poly scored single runs in the fourth and seventh innings. Catcher John Martin had a solo home run. last_img read more

B.C.’s economy set to accelerate in 2015: RBC report

first_imgIt forecasts real GDP to grow in 2015 by 3.1 per cent followed by growth next year of 2.8 per cent.RBC notes that international merchandise exports advanced at a solid rate last year, which was led by the strongest increase in the nominal value of goods shipped to the U.S. in more than a decade.The increased competitiveness of British Columbia’s merchandise goods, resulting from a weaker Canadian dollar, is set to further boost external demand in 2015.- Advertisement -Still, softer demand from Alberta provides some downside risk to the value of goods shipped from British Columbia across the Rockies this year and the RBC outlook says that was reflected in the provincial budget.It says the provincial government affirmed its surplus position, although the focus was on prudence to ensure the province’s fiscal health is maintained during the government’s three year plan.It adds prospects for the development of a liquefied natural gas industry were given support by the federal government’s LNG tax initiative, which may influence proponents to commit to final investment decisions later this year.Advertisementlast_img read more

For African footballers Russia is a land of false promises

first_imgSoumahoro paid the scout 3,000 euros ($3,500) only to find, like so many before him, that promises of a spot with a Moscow club disappeared like a mirage.He ended up training with a local team in the southern city of Krasnodar until his tourist visa ran out, leaving him adrift with no income in a country with frigid winters and a language he could barely speak.“It was tough, I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “It gets you down as you’ve lost your home club and your dream. In a stroke, you have nothing.”While teams in Russia’s Premier League can sign foreign talent, players in the lower divisions must be Russian or have a hard-to-obtain residence permit.Ernest Akhilomhen was a regular in Nigerian youth squads before leaving at age 16 to try his luck in Russia.He said coaches regularly tell him: “Ernest we like you, we want to sign you, but you have to get the good documents.”Without the correct paperwork Akhilomhen says he must break into the Premier League because it allows foreigners, a dream he stubbornly clings to.“That’s the reason I’m still here: I still have hope,” he said.Several times a week, Akhilomhen meets up at a pitch in the Moscow suburbs with Soumahoro, who coaches the Black Stars, a team he created for African footballers “to stay in shape and keep their hopes up”.– Scams and dreams –Players of the Black Stars, a team created for African footballers, train at a pitch in the Moscow suburbs © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVEvery year some 6,000 African minors quit West Africa looking to make it with a European club, according to the charity Foot Solidaire.It’s difficult to estimate the number of adults who make the same journey.In villages and towns across the continent, young footballers seduced by the promise of an international career hand over sums that put entire families into debt, said Christophe Gleizes, author of the book “Magic System: Modern Slavery of African Footballers”.“They are well-developed scams with official papers signed by clubs: Spartak, Zenit… The traffickers exploit the confidence and the dreams of these kids,” he told AFP.Gleizes said the vulnerable young Africans were “ready to do anything for a better life”.“The El Dorado of European football makes them blind.”Russia, host of the June 14-July 15 World Cup, is an increasingly popular destination such scams as tourist visas are relatively easy to obtain and its top league is considered a springboard to big European clubs.– Small jobs –Mouhamed Kone arrived in Russia with an agent’s promises of introductions to a top club and manager ringing in his ears. Two years later, he’s still waiting and has run out of hope.“I don’t have any papers, I lost my passport,” said the young Malian. “Each time I see the police I get very afraid.”Fellow Africans helped him find an small apartment which he shares with eight others. The 17-year-old hangs up advertisements in a town north of Moscow to pay the rent and eat.He can earn up to 50 euros per week at best, and often brings home half that.“I wouldn’t encourage anyone to come to Russia to have career in football,” he said.Other Africans find work cutting hair, washing dishes in restaurants or as extras in films in order to earn enough to eat.For his part, Soumahoro earns his way with football, by training Muscovites, both kids and adults.But eight years after he arrived in Russia, he still hopes that one day he’ll be noticed by a Premier League side.“If your have your goal, with or without papers, you can achieve it. The solution is in your dreams.”0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Many African players who come to Russia with promises of lucrative careers end up with their dreams shattered © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 10 – As football’s top stars arrive in Russia chasing World Cup glory, young African players lured to the country with promises of lucrative contracts say that for them it is a place of scams and shattered dreams.“We are the team of false promises,” said Ismael Soumahoro, who was 16 and playing in Ivory Coast’s top flight when a scout convinced him “football is Africa is good but it would be better to take my chances in Europe.”last_img read more

Pedro latest: ‘There is an understanding with Man United and Barcelona’, talkSPORT told

first_imgManchester United and Barcelona have an ‘understanding’ over the Red Devils’ interest in Spanish winger Pedro, who was left furious by being benched again by the La Liga giants on Tuesday, talKSPORT have been told.Pedro’s first-team chances have been limited at the Nou Camp following the arrivals of Luis Suarez and Neymar, and United have offered him a starring role at Old Trafford following Angel di Maria’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain.Despite Neymar currently sitting on the sidelines with injury, the Spain international had his request for a starting role snubbed for the UEFA Super Cup final against Sevilla, though he later came off the bench to net the winner in 5-4 extra-time victory.And, according to Spanish football expert Graham Hunter, Tuesday night’s game could have been his final in a Barcelona shirt.“There is an understanding between Manchester United, Pedro and Barcelona,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“But honestly we’re going to have to wait and see over the coming 48 hours because Pedro finished a post-match interview last night by saying he’d like to thank Barcelona fans for everything, which tells you he IS leaving.“He is leaving for the city of Manchester, and United are in the box seat.”Pedro faced the press following the match to deny suggestions he had asked a club official about leaving the Nou Camp, though he admitted his situation was complicated.And the forward was said to be ‘spitting feathers’ with new technical secretary Robert Fernandez, who leaked the news.“What he was furious about was not simply that he was relegated to the bench, which he didn’t like and argued against,” Graham added.“But because the football director of Barcelona, on the pitch to a Catalan TV station, said that Pedro has asked him if he can go.“At the end of the Super Cup, Pedro was absolutely spitting feathers. The reason he kicked the corner flag and kicked camera equipment as he ran away after scoring the winner was that he was literally enraged that this guy, who barely knows him, announced publicly that he wants to go.”last_img read more

Joe Hart insists Manchester City are capable of winning the Champions League

first_imgJoe Hart believes Manchester City are capable of winning the Champions League.City are hoping to secure a place in the quarter-finals for the first time as they host Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday holding a 3-1 aggregate lead.England goalkeeper Hart said: “It’s going to be difficult. It’s a really difficult tournament, but we’ve got to believe we can win it – otherwise there’s no point in turning up.“You could look at it as pressure, but it’s something really exciting. I can only speak for myself, but it’s really exciting being in this situation, going into the last-16 game with a good option of going through, doing something I haven’t done before and creating history for this club.”City have made steady progress in the Champions League since first entering the competition in 2011. After group-stage exits in their first two seasons, they were knocked out by Barcelona in the first knockout round in 2014 and 2015.Bettering that this time will continue the upward trajectory and further enhance the club’s name on the European stage.Hart, 28, said: “You’ve got to do well in Europe to get that label. We’re fighting on a personal basis, a team basis. We’ve worked hard, we’ve been together a long time now and we need to improve, because it’s a short career and we have to take advantage of the opportunities we’ve got at this club.”Despite Hart’s optimism, City still have some work to do to ensure they are competing in Europe’s elite competition next season.Saturday’s goalless draw at Norwich has left them fourth in the Barclays Premier League, just two points above fifth-placed West Ham with nine games remaining.Hart said: “It’s very important (we qualify) – but it’s more important we focus on one game at a time.“Obviously the next game is the Champions League and to try to progress in the tournament, and we’ll take care of the Premier League when it comes along on Sunday.”City, who face rivals Manchester United in that next Premier League game, appear to have fallen out of contention for the title but Hart is not giving up on that.He said: “I’m never going to concede anything while it’s still up for grabs, and the Premier League is still up for grabs. But we have put that tournament to one side for the moment and concentrate on the Champions League.”Manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned against complacency and intends to field his strongest side to ensure progress is secured.Pellegrini, who will have Yaya Toure available again after a heel injury, said: “I think the most important thing is to know that we are not already qualified for the next stage, so tomorrow we must be focused in our game, we must be concentrated. We play against a big team that knows how to play this kind of games.“We are not going to play with the score that we had in Kiev, we are going to play starting 0-0 and trying to be a better team here at home.“Tomorrow we put out our strongest squad that we need to win the game.” 1 They host Dynamo Kiev in the second leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday last_img read more

Arsenal, Man City and Liverpool told to pay £26m for Nice star

first_img In-demand Nice full-back Dalbert 1 Nice will not consider selling Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool target Dalbert unless somebody stumps up his £26.3million release clause.The trio of Premier League sides are on a list of clubs who were impressed by the versatile 23-year-old, who can play at both left-back or on the wing, during his first season in France.Following his switch from Vitoria Guimaraes last summer, Dalbert impressed with 33 Ligue 1 starts last term.It has been suggested that Nice would be ready to sell for around £12m this summer but now, according to Nice-Matin, he will not be sold for under his release clause.The French club paid just £1.75m to land him 12 months ago but believe the levels of interest in Dalbert will ensure that someone will be ready to splash the cash to secure his signature.Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all in the market for a new left-back this summer so it is likely the youngster will end up in the Premier League.last_img read more

KEENEY AND MULLEN STAR AS FOUR MASTERS BEAT ST MICHAEL’S IN CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgALL-IRELAND winner Colm McFadden was the star of the show but he couldn’t do enough as his club team St Michael’s lost out in extra time after a brilliant comeback by Four Masters at MacCumhaill Park tonight.The forward hit a superb goal and a hatful of points for the Dunfanaghy/Creeslough parish side under the floodlights.But the Donegal Town men just had too much left in extra time, after the sides finished 0-11 to St Michael’s 1-08 after normal time. And they went on to hit their own goal as their hero Oisin McGinty hit a goal in the second half of extra time.McFadden had another chance of a goal to pull his side back but his shot hit the post, came back to a Masters defender and Karl Lacey ended up putting over the bar at the other end.Masters won by 1-15 to 1-08, preventing St Michael’s from scoring in extra time.It was a superb win for the Donegal Town men – going the extra mile in extra time, finishing seven points ahead in the end. The first half had ended with St Michael’s just a point ahead, 0-05 to 0-04.Michael Doherty opened the scoring for Four Masters after just three minutes, but Daniel McLaughlin levelled within a minute.And two minutes later county star Colm McFadden pointed a free and a couple of minutes later the Creeslough/Dunfanaghy parish side were 3 points to one ahead when Stephen Coyle also pointed – again from a free.Stephen Keeney then had a golden goal chance for Four Masters but pointed instead before teammate Doherty hit his second to tie the game at three points all.Colm McFadden and Doherty exchanged points before McFadden scored again just before the break to put St Michael’s ahead. Just after the re-start Durcan hit a superb 45 to to tie the game again but by this stage Four Masters had lost both Doherty and the influential Shane Carr to injury.But it was McFadden once again making the difference, hitting a superb goal to take his side into a 1-05 to 0-05 lead.Daniel McLaughlin did all the hard work but his shot came back off a post and the ever-alert McFadden was first to the ball and fired it home.Durcan and Christy Toye exchanged points to leave it 1-06 to 0-06 but Doak added another for St Michael’s to push the lead to four. Four Masters weren’t going to lie down and with 15 minutes left Keeney and Doak hit two unanswered points to reduce the deficit to two.And they could have so easily gone into the lead four minutes later as Keeney found himself one-on-one with the St Michael’s keeper but blasted his effort wide.And then McFadden stepped up again at the other end to hit another valuable point to make it 1-08 to 0-08 with seven minutes on the clock.But anyone who thought the game was over at that stage was mistaken as Karl Lacey danced through the middle of the field to point for Four Masters; and with just over three minutes left on the clock, the Donegal Town men added another.With a point in it, Four Masters piled on the pressure and levelled the game seconds from the end when Conor McMonagle pointed from a free after Frank Mullen was fouled 13 metres out.The referee added five minutes injury time – and it was a matter of who could take advantage.McFadden had a chance from a free from a tight angle free from the sideline but he put his effort wide.And so once again the sides finished level 1-08 for St Michael’s and 0-11 for Four Masters.The players took a well earned rest before throw-in for 20 minutes of extra time – 10 minutes each way.And it was Mullen who drew first blood to give Four Masters the lead in the first period.Then his forward partner Keeney hit another to put the Donegal Town side two up 0-13 to 1-08; the St Michael’s players looked wrecked.Four Masters pressed again and were on the attack and looking to increase their lead by three points when the referee blew up for half-time.But they were to get their reward in the second period – Durcan went up to take a free but it fell short and McGinty hit the back of the net to put Four Masters five points ahead – 1-13 to 1-08.The Donegal Town men added two points to win by seven points.KEENEY AND MULLEN STAR AS FOUR MASTERS BEAT ST MICHAEL’S IN CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: October 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EMMET RUSHE: ARE INSTAGRAM AND FITSPIRATION AFFECTING YOUR WEIGHT?

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Instagram and Fitspiration go hand in hand these days.If you have no idea what ‘Fitspiration’ is, it is the fitness styles inspirational ‘memes’ that you will see frequently shared all over social media.These memes are supposed to inspire and also be a call to action for the millions of people on social media. They are the antidote to the super model inspired ‘Thinspiration’ of the 90’s and early 2000’s.Fitspiration will have tag lines like;
‘Strong is the new Skinny’ 
‘Don’t stop until you’re proud’
You don’t get the butt you want by sitting on it’ and 
‘Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated’Fitspiration will have pictures of super-hot models with amazing bodies, 6 pack abs, toned arms and thighs.They will be wearing as little as possible so they can showcase their God and Goddess like physiques, each one tanned and oiled to within an inch of their perfectly whitened teeth. Inspirational……Or is it?What is so different from the ‘Thinspiration’ that they were trying to dispel?Remember the tagline, ‘Strong is the new skinny’, we have all seen it.The initial idea was that getting in shape and hitting the gym will be better for your health than endlessly dieting and starving yourself to try and emulate a supermodels waif like appearance.But somewhere along the way things have gotten out of hand. When you look at the two movements as a whole, there is very little difference.The Fitspiration movement will tell you that they are absolutely about health and they can prove it by the never ending pictures of their meals, smoothies, shakes and gym sessions that they repeatedly post on Instagram.But is this health?They seem to think so.When you look through some of the leading Fitspiration Instagram users, it is more like an advertisement for soft-core adult films. The rules seem to be, wearing as little as possible while either squatting or showcasing your butt to the camera.And you have to squat, because if you don’t squat you can’t get ‘dat ass’ that is the newest fashion accessory.So this brings me back to my original point.Is this actually inspiring you to get in shape and lose weight?Social media is all about being accepted and part of a community.So let me ask you; Do you actually want to create your own Fitspiration, or are you happy to just passively consume someone else’s?We love being associated with these beautiful people but do we secretly hate ourselves for not being more like them?Do you feel bad about yourself when you scroll down your news feed and see their seemingly perfect bodies and lives?Claire Mysko a director at the National Eating Disorders Association had this to say;“Finding a community can be a positive thing.” 

”And there are a lot of people who are really using social media to promote body positivity, body acceptance and the kinds of messages that we feel are more helpful and healthy for folks.”

” Still, “it’s important to be in tune to how much of it you are looking at and how is it making you feel.” Plus, the beauty of Instagram is that it’s a very visual way to check yourself.”

 “If your entire social media feed is filled with dieting and fitness-related messages that might be a signal that you might need to reach out for help or rethink the approach.”

”For some people it can actually be dangerous, and can lead to more extreme behaviour.”On the flipside, if you yourself have dozens of Instagram followers just waiting for your next fitspo picture, remember your own influence.It should be about sending messages that are about body acceptance, and body positivity, versus the ‘not good enough until you get here’, or ‘until you reach this goal’ messages that can be gleaned from some pages.Just ask yourself, ‘how is it making me feel’? 
And if the answer to that is, ‘Well, I feel really bad about myself and I wish I could look like this’, etc., then that’s really a sign that you need to change who you are following.Do what makes you happy. 
And if Instagram and Fitspiration stop being fun, just delete it. Life’s too short.
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KCCA hope to pull off mega surprise is Confederations Cup

first_img Tags: CAF Confederations Cup 2018/19KCCA FCMike MutebiOtoho Doyotop KCCA lost 3-0 in the first leg (File Photo)CAF Confederations Cup play-off round KCCA FC vs Otoho (Agg 0-3)StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Sunday, 20-01-2018 @4pmLUGOGO – KCCA FC will be hoping they can somehow overcome a reasonable deficit when they host Congo’s Otoha in the CAF Confederations Cup play-off round on Sunday.Mike Mutebi’s side lost 3-0 in the first leg and require a 4-0 win at Lugogo if they are to advance to the group stages of the competition.It will be an uphill task but Mutebi believes he has the players to execute exactly that;“Everyone knows we can perform at the highest level and under pressure because we proved that already in the past. Said Mutebi in his pre-match press conference.“All we have to do is do our job and my boys are so ready.“They know what is at stake and am sure they have enough in their lockers to get the job done.About Otoho, the former National Team Coach had this to say;“We expect Otoho to come here and try to see out the game because that is how everyone tends to do away from home.“They defeated us but they were never in charge of the first leg.“The result was so bad to us but we will try to polish the mistakes we did and hopefully we will do better this time round and reach the group stages.KCCA have reached the Group Stages of CAF Competitions in both of their last two seasons.They played in the Champions League groups last year, after doing the same in the Confederations Cup in 2017.The Kasasiros will still be without Ibrahim Saddam Juma who has been out for over a month with a knee injury. Jackson Nunda who missed the first leg through injury will be assessed to see whether he can play on Sunday.Otoho are in their maiden Confederations Cup campaign. They reached this stage after losing to Platinum Star on away goals in the Champions league first round.Match Facts:This will be the second ever meeting between the two sides. The first ended 3-0 in favour of Otoho.KCCA will be 14th game in the Confederations Cup. In their first 13, the Kasasiros have won 7 lost 5 and drawn only one.At home, they have been formidable so far, winning all their six Confederations Cup games.For Otoho, this is their 8th continental fixtures. In the first 7, they have won three, drawn two and lost two.However, away from home, they are yet to register victory in their first threw, losing two and drawing one.Comments last_img read more