Boxing chief criticizes IOC comments on Olympic competition

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Virgets said he hopes an agreement can be reached between his organization and the IOC ahead of next year’s games.“If the IOC will talk to me, we can find a win-win solution if that is legitimately what we’re trying to find,” he said. “And I think that’s the only way to resolve this issue because right now the IOC doesn’t trust what AIBA is doing (and) we don’t trust what they’re doing.“We need to come together and have conversation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Virgets said the AIBA had the institutional knowledge and “we understand the politics and all the behind the scenes things that take place.”“We’ve spent a year and a half reforming and I think we’re in the best position because we have made all these corrective actions.”Relations between the IOC and AIBA have been tense since Uzbekistan businessman Gafur Rakhimov was elected AIBA president in November, beating Kazakh candidate Serik Konakbayev.The U.S. Treasury Department has alleged Rakhimov has links to organized crime and placed him under sanctions. Rakhimov denies the allegations.AIBA risks being derecognized in June after an IOC inquiry panel reports. Until then, AIBA is banned from contacting 2020 Tokyo Olympic organizers.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:56NCRPO 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, top left, speaks at the Australian Olympic Committee annual general meeting in Sydney, Australia, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)GOLD COAST, Australia— The head of the international boxing federation has criticized IOC president Thomas Bach’s comments that Olympic officials could organize the Tokyo 2020 boxing tournament if the sport’s federation can’t get its affairs in order.Bach said last weekend that the IOC wants the sport at next year’s Tokyo Games and is prepared to organize both the qualification and the competition if boxing’s troubled international governing body, the AIBA, loses its Olympic status over leadership and financial problems.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “Organizing a sports event is also not rocket science,” Bach told a meeting in Sydney on Saturday. “So I guess we will be able to manage it in the end. It’s a very universal sport, so we want to have boxing on the program. If the case arises … we would have to make an effort then to have such a tournament.”AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said Bach’s comments belittled the job of international sports federations.AdChoices广告Ads by TeadsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’re very concerned about it,” Virgets said in an interview with SNTV on Wednesday. “We have concerns about it mostly for the athletes and for the programs.“We’re in the best position to ensure a good quality games. I think Mr. Bach’s statement … is disappointing because I think we play a much more important role.” MOST READ Naomi Osaka taps into ‘zombie mode’ to advance in Madridlast_img read more

Read more →

Complaint of restriction on Indian wear at Customs

first_imgDear Editor,I recently passed through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and was pulled out for “hand” inspection. For some inexplicable reason, under this regime, every time I arrive in Guyana, I am harassed at immigration and/or at customs.If the intention of the regime is for me to end my activism against racial discrimination and political persecution, it will fail. I spent my entire life championing free and fair elections and advocating for grass roots democracy in Guyana. I am accustomed to harassment, intimidation, and physical violence; these did not stop me from struggling against the dictatorship or speaking out against bad governance being practiced by the PNC and even during the PPP Administration (although it did not directly harass me).At CJIA, the Customs officer thoroughly went through all of my bags, and separated all of the Indian garb on one side and left the others in the luggage. She was not focused on a new pair of expensive boots, or the new sneakers, or refreshments or other items; she focused like a laser on the Indian wear. She ripped open the see-through plastic bags containing the Indian ethnic wear. These were brought to donate to the poor, as I would normally do whenever I come to Guyana.The Customs officer said I had to pay duty on the Indian garb. She informed me that I’m allowed only three pieces of Indian wear. What? Unheard of! How would she determine cost to levy duty? She said I had nine pieces; the truth is I had ten pieces with a total value of less than US$50, which I bought on a recent trip to India. Whenever I visit India, I bring back gifts for the less fortunate in Guyana.If someone visits Guyana for an Indian cultural event, he or she can’t bring more than three ethnic wear is what the officer is saying.  That is the instruction from Finance Minister Jordan and the Customs Department – not many Indian wear must be allowed in Guyana.What next? Will there be restriction on consumption of alou, dhal, roti, channa, prasad, sirni, and other things? Do Indo-Guyanese have to go back to India? Are we going back to Burnhamism? Have Moses Nagamootoo, Khemraj Ramjattan and Charandass Persaud traded in the 11% Indians to go back to Burnhamism?Does the restriction of three traditional garbs also apply to African wear? David Hinds, Kwayana, Ogunseye, Eric Phillips, Clive Thomas, etc. wear traditional African garbs. Are restrictions placed on how many pieces they can bring into Guyana? Do they support this restriction on Indian wear?I do not know if it is now de facto government policy to restrict how much Indian clothing a person can have or wear, but I call on Indian organisations to take note and voice their strong objection to this policy of three duty-free Indian wear. Guyanese Customs Department and/or Government cannot impose a limit on people’s choice of ethnic clothing. Whites don’t do it in North America and Europe.The PNC-led government must cease and desist from this policy. And the government also needs to stop giving instructions to harass political activists and having the special branch trail (and spy on) opposition figures. Those were the hallmarks of Burnhamism, and the evidence is very strong that we are returning to that period.I should note, however, that not even during the height of the PNC ethnic dictatorship did Burnham put restrictions on Indian ethnic wear, although importation of Indian garb was almost impossible because he refused to authorize foreign exchange to bring in traditional Indian garments. But there were restrictions on food imports relating to the Indian cultural and religious diet.Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Read more →

BLUES, RAMS TO MEET IN OUA QUARTER-FINALS

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s soccer team will square off against the Ryerson Rams in OUA quarter-final action this Sunday, October 28 at Downsview Park at 7:00 p.m.The two teams are familiar foes in the postseason of late. Over the past seven seasons, Toronto has gone 4-2 against Ryerson in the playoffs, with four matches needing extra time, and three going to penalty kicks to determine a winner.Last season, with the tables turned, the Rams eliminated the Blues from playoff contention in quarter-final action on home turf. U of T looks to return the favour on Sunday night.The third-seeded Blues advanced to the quarter-final round after their 1-0 extra time win over the Laurentian Voyageurs on Wednesday night. Fourth-year striker Jack Wadden broke the deadlock in the 110th minute, finishing off a nice tic-tac-toe play with Yousef Helmy and Nikola Stakic, to lift U of T to victory.The Rams are coming off a first-round bye after finishing the season with a 14-1-1 record, in second place in the OUA East division.If the Blues emerge victorious in this tilt, they will advance to the OUA Final Four, hosted by the top remaining seed in the East, next weekend.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Read more →

Van Gaal defends misfiring Rooney

first_img“He scored against Bruges. He scored,” said van Gaal. “It doesn’t matter if it’s the Premier League or the Champions League. I was very happy when we scored more goals.“It does not matter to me who is scoring. But we have to score more. When you are so dominant as we are, in all the matches, we have to win these games.“He has a range of scoring goals. You can count all the goals he’s made. In my memory, Rooney has scored a lot.“He’s nearly the record holder in the Premier League so I hope he will beat that record but I have to wait and see, like you do.”Such a quest is still some distance off, Rooney’s 185 career Premier League goals placing him two behind second placed Andy Cole and way behind all-time leading scorer Alan Shearer and his 260.Rooney, 29, needs to score 76 times to overtake Shearer and, bearing in mind that the past five seasons in total have seen the United man score “only” 79 goals, van Gaal may be disappointed in his wish.Rooney missed United’s victory over Liverpool last weekend with a hamstring injury, but looks certain to return against a Southampton side who van Gaal expects, like defending champions Chelsea, to improve drastically as the season progresses.“Wayne is back, it was a minor injury and we didn’t want to take risks,” said van Gaal. “But he has had training and treatment and I think he can start.“Southampton have a very good team, not worse than last year, but they started very badly. It’s the same with Chelsea, but they shall come back, as we did last year. I don’t think is a normal position for them.”– Horrendous –Meanwhile, broken leg victim Luke Shaw is due to fly back to Manchester this weekend where he will undergo a minor surgical procedure before being allowed home.Van Gaal has noted the effect that the horrendous injury had on Shaw’s team mates in the United dressing room and hopes it may have a galvanising effect on them.“There was a question about the mental effect of such an injury and I said I cannot prove that, I cannot see in the heads of the players,” he said.“But I have now read in some papers that some players said it had an influence. Maybe it will have a positive influence in the dressing room. When you see us playing and the spirit we have I don’t have any doubts”Ronald Koeman has found life more difficult in his second season in charge of Southampton than he did in his first, with his team having won just one of their opening five Premier League games while their Europa League campaign is already over.Part of the reason for the slow start was the departure of key players from the club, including Morgan Schneiderlin who moved to Old Trafford 12 months after he first attempted to engineer a move to Tottenham.Koeman, though, insists the home supporters should bear no hard feelings towards the France international.“I hope the reaction to him is a positive one,” Koeman said. “He did everything for the club, he had a great time in Southampton, he was ready for the next step.“I think we have to receive the player like we normally do with other players.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney gestures after scoring a goal during the Champions League play-off round, second leg soccer match at the Jan Breydel Stadium in Brugge, Belgium on Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015. PHOTO/APSOUTHAMPTON, September 19- Louis van Gaal refuses to accept that Wayne Rooney is in a scoring slump despite the Manchester United captain going into Sunday’s visit to Southampton without a Premier League goal in over five months.Rooney, who recently became England’s leading all-time international goalscorer, has not hit the net in a Premier League game for United since the first weekend in April, although his club manager prefers to focus on the hat-trick the striker scored in the Champions League at Bruges last month rather than his 10-game domestic barren spell.last_img read more

Read more →

LAPD begins crowd training

first_imgHillman said a key to the training is teaching police how to strategize and plan for contingencies. A preliminary internal investigation found that the LAPD’s command structure and coordination broke down May 1. Police said they were under attack from a small group of agitators throwing rocks and bottles, but they failed to isolate or arrest the offenders. There was no media safety zone, as is LAPD policy, and it was unclear who provided commands to sweep everyone from the crowded park. Inspector General Andre Birotte, who is conducting one of three investigations into the clash, said it could take several more months for authorities to identify which officers used force that day. So far, only the two top commanders have been disciplined and several in the department say it could be at least until the end of the year before any officers are identified. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under pressure from civil-rights groups, the LAPD began training all its officers in crowd control Tuesday to avoid a repeat of the May Day melee in which women, children and reporters were shoved and shot at with rubber bullets during an immigration-rights rally. The 10-hour session at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos – dubbed the 21st Century Mobile Field Force Training Doctrine – came after complaints from civic groups and police union officials that many of the officers involved in the May 1 clash with demonstrators at MacArthur Park had not been properly trained. “If we are going to learn lessons from MacArthur Park, training is not the only issue, but it’s a significant one,” said John Mack, the former Urban League head who now is president of the five-member Los Angeles Police Commission. Dozens of people, including news reporters covering the event, were wounded May 1 when riot gear-clad officers fired rubber bullets into a crowd that included women and children. Videotaped images of the altercation were broadcast around the world, creating an uproar that forced Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton to publicly apologize and caused Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short a trade mission in Mexico. Bratton subsequently reassigned two of the commanders in charge of overseeing the demonstration. On May 30, he announced that Deputy Chief Mike Hillman would head a newly formed unit that would focus on crowd control. Over the next nine months, more than 5,000 officers will be trained in skills ranging from the use of batons to the placement of officers at demonstrations. “This is only one part of the many changes that we will go forward with in the next several months,” Bratton said. “We are totally changing the way we train personnel.” Officials with the Los Angeles Police Protective League were unavailable for comment Tuesday. last_img read more

Read more →

Person injured in Hollywood fire

first_imgHOLLYWOOD – A person was critically injured in a fire in Hollywood, authorities said today. The fire at 5336 W. Sunset Boulevard, near Western Avenue, was reported about 9 last night and knocked down in about 10 minutes by more than 40 firefighters, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. A female victim who suffered burn injuries was transported to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in critical condition, Humphrey said. The cause of the fire was under investigation, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Read more →

League Two wrap: East Fife go top, Queen’s Park miss chance

first_imgSubstitute Chris Duggan also curled over a 25-yard free-kick late on as Berwick held on.Christopher Templeman bookended the scoring as Montrose moved up to seventh in Ladbrokes Scottish League Two with a 4-2 victory at rock-bottom East Stirling.Templeman opened the scoring in the 13th minute after collecting Gary Fraser’s pass from his own half and curling past the despairing Richard Barnard.The hosts drew level seven minutes after the interval following David McKenna’s finish from close range although Fraser re-established the Gable Endies’ lead just before the hour mark with a left-foot strike.Adrian Mallagaray doubled their advantage in the 79th minute but, in a frantic finish, Jordan Cairnie pulled one back with a header before Templeman had the final say in the dying moments with a low drive.Stirling closed in on the play-off positions after Craig Beattie came off the bench to fire them to a 1-0 win over Arbroath.The former Celtic striker, a 78th-minute substitute, required just four minutes to make an impact, curling the ball into the net with the outside of his right foot.Steven Doris, who was the provider for Beattie’s winner, should have added to his eight goals this term but fired over the crossbar on two occasions.The victory, Stirling’s first in four matches, lifts them up to sixth in the League Two table, just a point behind fourth-placed Clyde.Fit-again top scorer Peter Weatherson salvaged a 3-3 draw for Annan after they had earlier let a two-goal lead slip against Clyde.Josh Todd’s brace had Annan seemingly in control at half-time, the midfielder taking Martin McNiff’s pass and cutting inside to fire the opener before doubling the lead on 30 minutes.Lewis Guy appealed in vain for a penalty which could have finished the game off but instead it was Clyde who struck on the hour mark, Scott Linton’s long pass headed in by Sean Higgins.Scott McLaughlin struck the equaliser and the turnaround was complete when Higgins poked home his second from close range in the 72nd minute.Annan boss Jim Chapman responded by introducing Weatherson with 10 minutes to go and the veteran delivered the goods, curling a superb 25-yard free-kick into the top corner five minutes from time. Shortly after the interval, Elgin striker Craig Gunn hit the bar from close range and it proved a costly miss as Kevin Smith deflected Scott Mercer’s driven shot into the net in the 76th minute.Queen’s Park missed the chance to keep the pressure on leaders East Fife after a goalless draw at home to second-bottom Berwick.The hosts, now four points off the top, thought they were ahead in the 14th minute but John Carter saw his close-range effort ruled out for offside.Queen’s Park failed to take their chances thereafter, Jamie McKernon firing wide twice in the second half. East Fife replaced Elgin at the Ladbrokes Scottish League Two summit following a 3-1 victory at Borough Briggs.The visitors made the ideal start by taking a sixth-minute lead when Nathan Austin latched on to Gary Naysmith’s through ball before slotting low past Elgin goalkeeper Mark Hurst.The Fifers were pegged back in the 22nd minute when Dylan Easton followed up the rebound after Craig Gunn headed against the post from a corner.However, East Fife went ahead again two minutes later, Austin again to the fore by running through on goal, rounding Hurst and tapping into an empty net.last_img read more

Read more →

South Africa gains from global energy expertise

first_imgThe Department of Energy hopes its partnership with the International Energy Agency will expose the local sector to untapped expertise. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ndivhuwo Khangale Spokesperson Department of Energy +27 12 444 4283 or +27 82 465 6090  RELATED ARTICLES • Eskom to tap into public expertise • More wind power for SA • Huge savings from green light bulbs • Eskom build programme powers aheadBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s public energy sector stands to gain from increased exposure to international trends and skills, thanks to agreements signed between the Department of Energy and International Energy Agency (IEA) on 4 July 2011.The department’s minister Dipuo Peters announced the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with IEA. The MoU will help strengthen cooperation between the local industry and IEA, ensuring that the country gains advanced expertise.The agreement focuses on projects involving renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean technologies, data management and analysis, and policy analysis, among others.“This MoU will further enable us to leverage on the international expertise that the IEA embodies and will ensure streamlined cooperation where the entire sector benefits as opposed to only certain pockets of the sector,” said Peters in a media statement.IEA executives are visiting South Africa between 4 and 6 July for a bilateral conference with the Department of Energy.A strong relationship already exists between South Africa and IEA, and the MoU will take cooperation efforts a step further, said Peters.“This MoU is an important milestone for us because it seals the cooperative engagement that we enjoy with the IEA and also provides a common document which will enable both organisations to check and review the arrangement long after the two of us have left our respective portfolios.”Peters said a working group that will concentrate on ensuring that the MoU produces “tangible outputs” has been proposed for establishment.Need for new ideasWith various critical projects in the pipeline, the energy department will certainly gain from access to advanced expertise and prototype ideas.The creation of a R150-billion (US$22.2-million) solar park in Upington, Northern Cape, is currently the department’s largest venture, and it needs modern technology at its disposal to make success of it.When complete, the solar park will produce 5 000MW of power for the national grid. A section of the park is expected to start generating electricity by late 2012.The Department of Energy also has to work with state electricity utility Eskom to ensure that its upcoming major coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga and Limpopo are not harmful to the environment.It is important for South Africa to work closely with reputable organisations as it’s looking for modern ways to expand capacity for energy generation and use, said Peters.“The IEA is one such organisation and this cooperation will ensure that we are able to catch up and are not left behind in this important global space.“This MoU is a symbol of the importance of creating conditions in which exchange of information and expertise can contribute to the reaching the goals of energy security, economic growth and environmental protection in South Africa and in the member countries of the IEA,” she added.Although South Africa is not a member of IEA, Peters said the country’s participation in its programmes is invaluable.Some 28 OECD countries belong to the IEA, which focuses on ensuring the availability of “reliable, affordable and clean” electricity among member states.“South Africa has benefited from participation in the IEA and wishes to continue deriving value from the IEA as well as also contributing to the wealth of knowledge and expertise that is embodied by the IEA,” Peters said.last_img read more

Read more →

Children’s rights portal launched

4 September 2012A new policy-orientated web portal on children’s rights, called Policy Action Network, or PAN: Children, was announced during a panel discussion on children in Cape Town on Monday.The portal – children.pan.org.za – is a partnership between the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) and South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council’s (HSRC).According to the HSRC, PAN: Children will provide high-quality, timely information which can be used to inform decision-making and policy.“It will strengthen the dialogue between the producers and the users of child-related research evidence to build networks between researchers and policy makers,” the HSRC said in a statement. “The aim is also to generate debates on key policy issues affecting children in South Africa.”The web portal is primarily targeted at South African policy makers and government officials involved in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes relating to children, as well as academics and other research institutions working on issues related to child rights and their well-being.The knowledge-hub “will also be of value to civil society organisations, private sector and development sector professionals involved in the advancement of child rights,” the HSRC said. “Lastly, the hub will allow other countries with an interest in South African policy to easily access relevant information.”PAN: Children also aims to establish and maintain an up-to-date digital repository of the most credible publications available on child rights in South Africa.The information and resources available include advocacy initiatives and networks, case studies, case law, country studies, government policy and legislation, and other useful information.In addition, the portal will produce regular opinion pieces written by acknowledged research experts in the child rights arena, commenting on current debates and providing insight on policy development and practice.SAinfo reporter read more

Read more →

New book gives insight into Winnie’s story

first_imgBy Lucille Davie16 September 2013Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s recent book, 491 Days, Prisoner number 1323/69 gives graphic insight into what the apartheid government subjected her and others to in the 1960s and 70s.Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s recent book gives graphic insight into what the apartheid government subjected her and others to in the 1960s and 70s.Despite her strength of mind and fierce fighting spirit, she became extremely ill during her 491-day stay in prison, the result of long months of solitary confinement and the poor diet, which often consisted of porridge with maggots in it. She suffered with chest pain, palpitations, body spasms, haemorrhaging, loss of appetite and chronic weight loss. She even contemplated suicide.She felt particularly close to her jailed husband Nelson. In a letter dated 26 October 1970 after her release she wrote:  “In a way during the past two years I felt so close to you. It was the first time we were together in similar surroundings for that length of time. Eating what you were eating and sleeping on what you sleep on gave me that psychological satisfaction of being with you.”Nelson was of course on Robben Island, where he’d been since 1964, after being convicted with seven others of sabotage in the Rivonia Trial. He was 52 years old at the time. Winnie was 36 years old, and had experienced many spells in detention, but the longest was 491 days. She had been picked up in May 1969, and spent the next 16 months in jail.Her prison experience brought them even closer . He wrote to her in June 1970: “During the 8 lonely years I have spent behind bars I sometimes wish we were born the same hour, grown up together and spent every minute of our lives in each other’s company. I sincerely believe that had this been the case I would have been a wise man.” He had spent several years prior to the Rivonia Trial in prison too.A wise man. And a combative spirit, still evident in her today. They both gave their souls and their love to the struggle.Read more on MediaClubSouthAfrica.com: Winnie’s pain and torture in prisonThe launch of the book at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s book now on shelveslast_img read more

Read more →