Post by Taylor Johnson on Sept 30, 2015 14:47:52 GMT -5
This is Taylors dad again. It looks like they have got a feed running now, see:www.xsportnews.com/armwrestling/live-worldarm-2015-37th-world-armwrestling-championships-2015-waf/ It appears as though the first feed (with no sound due to copyright violation) is a recording from yesterday (right hand non-senior divisions) and the one below that one (which there is no action at the moment) is the live feed for tomorrows event (Left Senior open divisions) which should actually be starting 9:30PM EST here in the US.
Post by Taylor Johnson on Sept 29, 2015 16:05:21 GMT -5
No live stream or recording of the main Worlds Tournament. World Armwrestling Federation WAF at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur 4 hrs ago· We are sorry to inform you that due technical problems faced by the Malaysian Federation, lack of internet conection and video recording equipment, we are unable to stream any video from the World Armwrestling Championship. Although the finals for the first day will be available in a week on our youtube channel. We do our best to and try hard to find solutions to solve this situation. Greetings. www.facebook.com/wafarmwrestling
From: Scott Johnson To: WAF General Secretary - Mircea Simionescu-Simicel < firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Question Will the upcoming WAF championships be televised anywhere or recorded to playback later? Thank you! ----------------------------------------- Dear Scott, The Finals will be live broadcasted by national/ regional partners and complete event (preliminaries and finals) will be streamed live on WAF Youtube Channel for each table. The streaming will be video produced meaning the names and countries will be shown. Enjoy, Mircea, Best regards Mircea SIMIONESCU-SIMICEL, General Secretary, World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) Travel Q&A - Exchanging Money & Mobile Phones Abroad &
Post by Taylor Johnson on Sept 19, 2015 14:50:29 GMT -5
More info regarding Malaysia: US Debit cards: Due high levels of fraud, many Malaysia ATMs do not allow you to withdraw using a US debit card. Numerous travelers have noted this on travel forums. This is unique to Malaysia and is not applicable to Thailand, Singapore, or Indonesia. If you call your bank or even Visa/Mastercard, they are often not aware because the transaction is declined by the Malaysia bank. Make sure to bring cash or other form of money in case your debit card is rejected. Credit card fraud is a growing problem. Use cards only in reputable shops. The Malaysian currency is the ringgit, informally known as the dollar (the "$" symbol can be seen on older notes) and abbreviated RM or MYR, is divided into 100 sen. There are coins of 5, 10, 20, and 50 sen as well as bills of RM1, 2 (rare), 5, 10,20, 50 and 100. 5 sen coins are mainly given as change in large establishments and supermarkets, peddlers and street vendors might be reluctant to accept them. Ringgits are freely convertible. Foreign currencies are not generally accepted, although you might get away with exchanging some Euros or US dollars even in more remote areas, but do expect a lot of stares and some persuasion. The major exception is Singapore dollars, which are accepted by KTMB and toll roads, but at a highly unfavorable 1:1 exchange rate (an anomaly dating back to the 1970s when the ringgit was interchangeable with the Singapore dollar). Banks and airports are not the best places to exchange money if it is not urgent. Licensed money changers in major shopping malls often have the best rates - be sure to say the amount you wish to exchange and ask for the 'best quote' as rates displayed on the board are often negotiable, especially for larger amounts. ATMs are widely available in cities, but do stock up on cash if heading out into the smaller islands or the jungle. Credit cards can be used in most shops, restaurants and hotels, although skimming can be a problem in dodgier outlets. English is compulsory in all schools and widely spoken in the larger cities, as well as around the main tourist attractions, although in rural areas a little Malay will come in handy. There is also a colloquial form of English spoken among Malaysians in urban areas, not inappropriately known as Manglish, which involves code switching between English, Malay and/or other languages, and takes a bit of getting used to if you intend to join in the conversation on local topics. Malaysians will almost always try to speak 'standardized English' when approached by Western travellers. In general, police stations and government offices will have English-speaking staff on duty. ++ Never bring any recreational drugs into Malaysia, even as a transit passenger. Possession of even minimal amounts can lead to a mandatory death sentence. wikitravel.org/en/Malaysia
I've been doing a lot of reading about Malaysia and there are a few things that are mentioned. 1. Do take toilet paper. There is usually no toilet paper in public toilets. 2. This is a Muslim country where women are very conservative. Be careful about what you wear, nothing very exposing and not bikinis. The women there usually swim in their clothes. 3. Keep your passport, airline tickets, and prescriptions with you at all times. 4. Lock your luggage when not in your room. 5. Diarrhea is very common. 6. Do not drink the tap water or use the ice. Make sure any bottled water is sealed. Don't drink any fruit juice that is not freshly squeezed. If you think water has been added to the fruit juice do not drink it.
Remember to get your vaccinations before you leave.
Please share this with anyone that is going to World's in Malaysia.
Alan Bown, Alejandro De La Torre, Bob Brown, Brenda Taylor, Cathy Merrill, Debbie Banaian, Derek Smith, Dick Ingwaldson, Gene Dunn, Jess Sailor, Lisa Wolfley, Mark Gaims, Mike Knepp Michael Todd, Oleg Kasatkin, Rebecca Todd, Robert Baxter, Ryan Morin, Scott Partington, Taylor Johnson, Vazgen Soghoyan
Mircea SIMIONESCU-SIMICEL (General Secretary--World Armwrestling Federation (WAF): See: christiannews.net/2015/08/10/case-in-malaysia-could-decide-if-sharia-supercedes-constitution/ If (or even if not) Islamic Sharia law supersedes the Malaysian constitution in a couple of days, the women (in particular) going to Worlds need to be warned of the risks involved for them going into a full-fledged Muslim country, where Islamic Sharia is the law of the land; as it takes very little for a non-Muslim women to offend Muslim men. Just ask the non-Muslim indigenous women of Sweden, which is now the largest Muslim rape crime nation of the world with a 1,472% increase in rapes since Islam has come into Sweden. I have studied this topic in depth, so I am not speaking as an uneducated person here. Malaysia is already officially an Islamic country, but Sharia law will take things to a whole other level. Counties represented like the USA and Israel in particular would be the most obvious targets for Islamic extremists at Worlds. So as you can see, you could easily have an international incident on your hands by having the Worlds in Malaysia, which (with all due respect, in my opinion) was an incredibly poor choice of venue. See: ++On 6 April 2015, Malaysian authorities arrested seventeen suspected militants who were involved in an alleged terror plot in the capital Kuala Lumpur. Two of the suspects were alleged to have been fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria. ++ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia's national police chief said today that 17 people detained over the weekend in a suspected Islamic militant plot had planned to kidnap high-profile figures and launch terrorist attacks. ++ Counter-terrorism officials in Malaysia and Indonesia say citizens who have joined the terror group are planning attacks on home soil Sincerely, Dr. Scott Johnson (I was the doctor that did the drug testing and took care of the armwrestlers injuries at the 2010 Worlds in Mesquite, NV, USA)
Post by Taylor Johnson on Nov 10, 2014 22:57:03 GMT -5
Latest from WAL regarding New Orleans:
NEW ORLEANS QUALIFIER UPDATES Pullers:
There have been a couple of big questions that have come up recently about the New Orleans event — let’s take a second to circulate some answers around the WAL community. Ready… go!
On filling open slots in the men’s New Orleans brackets:
One big question we’ve had is: since some guys qualified multiple times for New Orleans, will we fill any open bracket spots with 9th place finishers or beyond?
Unfortunately, no, we will not fill in those open bracket positions for a couple of reasons. Nor will we exercise our option to invite any non-qualified arm-wrestlers. First, because we have 9th and 10th place finishers from four different events (most of whom haven’t pulled each other), there is no good, objectively fair way to determine which of those guys should get to go to the finals. In most cases, that leaves us with a 25-28-man bracket for New Orleans, which is still pretty deep and will make a great tournament.
But second, we said since the beginning that it would be Top 8s (and guys who competed in all four qualifiers) who would get to go, and we think it’s important that we stick to our word. Top 8s and four-timers it is – and rest assured our 2015 plans will allow large numbers of guys to advance in our early rounds. More events are coming.
On the New Orleans Women’s Competition:
Our addition of a women’s finals in Louisiana has sparked conversation about its structure and reasoning. Let’s walk through it.
First and most importantly, we want to say that the WAL celebrates women’s arm-wrestling and seeks to build women’s competition right alongside with the men’s. That being said, we want to create and implement the right strategy to get women back into the sport in large numbers. To that end, WAL made the decision to use the 2014 season to understand how to get women more involved and drive female participation – which is why we started with the Las Vegas female team member requirement and experimented with weight classes throughout.
To be clear: there was never a qualifying series for women to compete at the New Orleans finals. That was set early on so we had the latitude for variation in the women’s weight classes and structure – but the consequence was that there would be no even playing field to determine female qualifiers for a Finals competition.
However, after Atlantic City, we decided to reconsider the men-only final and open up a limited women’s competition in a way that seemed fair given the variation in our ‘regular season’ – and in a way we could support in New Orleans. It’s small, yes, but includes many of the top female WAL participants, and we’ve heard your voices on the inclusion of left-handed competition. AS OF TODAY, WE WILL ALSO INVITE THE TOP 3 FINISHERS IN EACH WEIGHT CLASS FROM ANY WAL WOMEN’S LEFT-HANDED COMPETITION. Weight classes and payouts will be the same as right-handed, and we will post the list of eligible finishers soon. Please write to us with questions.
Going forward, we need to build women’s arm wrestling to be an even stronger presence in the WAL, but it takes more than a few events — it takes investment and focus over a long period of time. Along that path, the best thing women arm-wrestlers can do to help propel the women’s classes forward is to recruit and train new women at the local level. Build clubs, build teams, bring more women to events. The WAL will support you, and work as partners in that effort.
More questions? Please email us at: email@example.com
Post by Taylor Johnson on Nov 1, 2014 20:26:52 GMT -5
Debbie: This is Taylor Johnson's dad. Unfortunately there is no left handed class for women at New Orleans. This was just released: www.walunderground.com/neworleans-event-details/ I don't see how they can have two tournaments (Chicago and Atlantic City) where women qualified for both right AND left handed classes and not offer a left hand women's class at New Orleans. I emailed them and said (in part): In New Orleans you are paying the guys way more money 8 deep for both hands and the women only get a fraction of that money paid 3 deep for right hand only!!!??