Boxing at 2020 Olympics remains in doubt

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO 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 award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE – Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov poses with his medal after winning Uzbekistan’s first gold medal of the Rio Olympics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZBoxing could still be axed from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after the IOC admitted Thursday that concerns remain over the sport’s governance and management by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA).“The IOC Executive Board received a report on the AIBA situation and highlighted its significant ongoing concern with a number of key areas… that require further information and confirmation,” said an IOC statement.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Tiger Woods finds his Open return a pain in the neck These areas involved “governance, ethical and financial management”.In February, the IOC said they had been “extremely worried” and “extremely preoccupied” by the nomination of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov for the AIBA’s interim presidency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The IOC executive board decided to maintain its position which includes continued suspension of any financial contributions from IOC to AIBA and the right to review the inclusion of boxing on the programme of the 2020 Olympics.”IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the situation will be further evaluated at the next meeting of the executive board in Tokyo from November 30-December 2. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

‘Collecting Water is Often a Colossal Waste of Time for Women’ – UNICEF

first_imgUNICEF says the 200 million hours women and girls spend every day; collecting water is a colossal waste of their valuable time. As World Water Week gets underway in Stockholm and experts gather to try to improve the world’s access to water, the UN children’s agency stressed that the opportunity cost of lack of access to water disproportionately falls on women, according to a press release.“Just imagine: 200 million hours is 8.3 million days, or over 22,800 years,” said UNICEF’s global head of water, sanitation and hygiene Sanjay Wijesekera. “It would be as if a woman started with her empty bucket in the Stone Age and didn’t arrive home with water until 2016. Think how much the world has advanced in that time. Think how much women could have achieved in that time.“When water is not on premises and needs to be collected, it’s our women and girls who are mostly paying with their time and lost opportunities,” he added.The UN’s Sustainable Development Goal for water and sanitation, Goal 6, calls for universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030. The first step is providing everyone with a basic service within a 30-minute round trip, and the long term goal is to ensure everyone has safe water available at home. However, UN estimates are that in sub-Saharan Africa, for example, for 29 per cent of the population (37 per cent in rural areas and 14 per cent in urban areas), improved drinking water sources are 30 minutes or more away.In sub-Saharan Africa, one round-trip to collect water is 33 minutes on average in rural areas and 25 minutes in urban areas. In Asia, the numbers are 21 minutes and 19 minutes respectively. However for particular countries the figures may be higher. A single trip takes longer than an hour in Mauritania, Somalia, Tunisia and Yemen. When water is not piped to the home the burden of fetching it falls disproportionately on women and children, especially girls. A study of 24 sub-Saharan countries revealed that when the collection time is more than 30 minutes, an estimated 3.36 million children and 13.54 million adult females were responsible for water collection. In Malawi, the UN estimates that women who collected water spent 54 minutes on average, while men spent only 6 minutes. In Guinea and the United Republic of Tanzania average collection times for women were 20 minutes, double that of men. For women, the opportunity costs of collecting water are high, with far reaching effects. It considerably shortens the time they have available to spend with their families, on child care, other household tasks, or even in leisure activities. For both boys and girls, water collection can take time away from their education and sometimes even prevent their attending school altogether. Collection of water can affect the health of the whole family, and particularly of children. When water is not available at home, even if it is collected from a safe source, the fact that it has to be transported and stored increases the risk that it is faecally contaminated by the time it is drunk. This in turn increases the risk of diarrheal disease, which is the fourth leading cause of death among children under 5, and a leading cause of chronic malnutrition, or stunting, which affects 159 million children worldwide. More than 300,000 children under 5 die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water – over 800 per day.“No matter where you look, access to clean drinking water makes a difference in the lives of people,” said Wijesekera. “The needs are clear; the goals are clear. Women and children should not have to spend so much of their time for this basic human right.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Education Ministry commissions $17M mobile counselling unit

first_imgThe Education Ministry on Monday commissioned the first Mobile Psychosocial Unit, valued at some $17 million, which is intended to transport welfare officers to areas where persons are in need of counselling.“I think everyone of us here can relate to the fact that there is certainly a gap that currently exists across the country, but, more particularly in the education system when it comes to psychosocial support,” Education Minister Nicolette Henry said as she spoke of the benefits of the unit at the Department of Education’s 68 Brickdam, Georgetown office.As outlined by her, the counsellors will traverse different areas to meet with students, teachers and even parents who might be in need of counselling.“Many times, we have a lot of students with a lot of needs that are unmet (and) aThe new Mobile Psychosocial Unitlot of issues that are not addressed, because we do not have either the capacity or the resources to undertake those,” she said.Henry pointed out that she hoped more units could be commissioned soon to enable counsellors to touch base with all those who were in need.According to the Minister, the counselling programme will seek to help students and even transfer them to specialists if needed.Meanwhile, acting Deputy Chief Education Officer Ingrid Trotman noted that emotional needs of students cannot be overlooked. She added that the Unit would help to reduce stress levels and provide a quick response to areas where trauma is being experienced by persons.The Unit is fully equipped with a refrigerator, stove, air conditioner, bathroom and other facilities to benefit the officials who will be travelling to hinterland areas, among others, to provide counselling.Plans were first unveiled by Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson back in June for the implementation of the project.Currently, there are officers in each administrative region who are responsible for conducting counselling sessions with students – be it one-on-one, small-group or large-group interventions.The Mobile Unit will, however, be a tool to bring together not only psychologists from the Education Ministry but officials from other agencies who may be necessary for specific cases.It was clarified that it was not a case where counselling was not being done, but this new initiative was a step taken by the Ministry to ensure that counselling could be done in a more effective manner.It was further explained that in a situation where students were found drinking alcohol, the team would also be activated, with not only the welfare officers but with public health officials, making the counselling process more influential.last_img read more

City Hall wins case against ‘Dread Shop’

first_img…K&VC Food Shop, Lance Photo Studio to be dismantledOver one year ago, City Hall dismantled the popular ‘Dread Shop’ at the Stabroek Market area near the Route 42 minibus park, resulting in the owner, Anthony Forde, filing legal action. Town Clerk Royston King has now said that the Court has ruled in favour of the Mayor and City Council of Georgetown (M&CC) in this matter.“The City has won cases against Lancelot Kennedy – that’s the gentleman who’s operating the photo studio on Stabroek Market Square – (and) against the Dread Shop and the K&VC Food Shop. In the case of Lancelot Kennedy, he has until the 26th of November to remove. In the case of K&VC, he has (been given) no time, and we will serve him the requisite notice and perhaps 7 or 8 days later he will have to move,” King told the Mayor and City Council at Monday’s Statutory Meeting.In May of last year, City Hall dismantled the popular shop after the Council noted that the area in which the Dread Shop was located fell within the council area, as is described under the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01. City Hall had said the proprietors of the demolished shop “had been informed by the Council that they were required to vacate the said area, and had been given reasonable and sufficient notice to so do.”However, the shop owner had said he had never been given notice to vacate, and that the late President Burnham had given him permission to remain at the site when the former leader held the portfolio of Prime Minister. Forde, through Attorney Nigel Hughes, had filed an injunction in the Court of Appeal, but City Hall, feigning ignorance, had proceeded with the demolition.Following the demolition, The Island Snackette and Pizzeria, formerly K&VC Snackette, was left standing; but now the Town Clerk is saying that that entity also would have to remove. Additionally, Lance Photo Studio is scheduled to be removed from November 26, after the Municipality won its Court cases against both businesses.Several calls to Attorney Hughes’s phone have gone unanswered.Demico sidewalk vending On Friday last, King issued a handbill to vendors selling on the western side of Demico House, at the Stabroek Market Square, informing them that they would be unable to vend at that location from October 10. However, Deputy Mayor Lionel Jaikarran, Chairman of the M&CC’s Markets Committee, has stated that the committee is unaware of any such decision.The handbill, bearing the name of King, informed the vendors: “The Mayor and City Council will remove any and all persons selling on the western side of Demico any time after October 10, 2017”, and informed the vendors that they would be forcibly removed if they do not comply with the instructions given.At Monday’s Statutory Meeting, King said the move to clear the vendors from that area came after repeated complaints from the management of Banks DIH.“We also have reports of increasing incidents of larceny and wounding of persons. It is our responsibility to clear the area of all those objectionable activities. This would not affect the night vendors, and would only affect those on the western sidewalk of Demico House,” King said.The last time vendors were removed from the Stabroek Market/Demico area was in May 2016, ahead of Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary celebrations. They were given temporary accommodation at a vacant plot of land at Hadfield and Lombard Streets. But a few months later, the owner of the land, Hareshnarine “Chiney” Sugrim, evicted the occupants of that land and locked the gates.Mayor Patricia Chase-Green has said she has no problem with removing the vendors from where they currently operate, since they were once evicted from there. “We are just moving them back to the old place of vending. I do not want the Constabulary to go down there with no brute force and ignorance and damage people’s property,” she said.When Guyana Times visited the area, the vendors had all been removed, and it is unclear where they have been relocated.last_img read more

Making a clean sweep

first_img• Photo Gallery: Cleaning alleysWHITTIER – So what does the alley behind your home look like? Is trash piled up? Are there bulky items such as old sofas and broken TV sets? Is it chock-full of potholes? If so, the city is about to ride to your rescue with a new initiative that focuses on cleaning up those forgotten byways. Council members have authorized a new, $345,600 program to clean up Whittier’s alleys. Money from the city’s solid waste fund – which has a $5.8 million surplus – will pay for the program, officials said. The money will go toward providing street sweeping through alleys every other week. In addition, the city will hire three new employees and assign two of them specifically to collect material illegally dumped in alleys. The third employee will work in code enforcement. Officials say the city for too long has neglected its alleys. “It’s something that’s long been needed,” Councilman Owen Newcomer said. “It’s like you’ve got a nice front yard, but you’ve ignored the side and back yards.” It could take several months, however, for the program to get under way. First, the city must seek bids from street-sweeping companies. Then it must hire the new employees. While the city’s solid waste department serves only the western half of Whittier, most of the alleys are in that part of town, too, said Public Works Director David Mochizuki. Alley deterioration tends to be caused by heavy trash trucks, he said. But the alley-cleaning program does not address repairs to alley pavement. For that, Mochizuki has proposed the city spend $200,000 a year on pavement repairs. But that money won’t go far, Councilman Bob Henderson said, considering the city has about 25 miles of alleys, and officials have estimated it will cost about $9.2 million to repair them all. “Some of these alleys are just in horrible shape,” Henderson said. “Some have big pot holes. We don’t want to be responsible for leaving a $9.2 million deferred maintenance. We should set up a priority list of really damaged alleys that need to be brought back into operational condition.” That’s what Mochizuki is working on, he said, adding he plans to bring back a proposal to the City Council that addresses the city’s worst alleys. All of that was welcome news to Rita Apolitegu, who has lived next to an alley on Bright Avenue for 31 years. “It’s horrible,” Apolitegu said. “It’s a mess. They’ve got holes.” mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 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

Championship round-up: Steve Evans begins life as Leeds manager with a draw as Brentford stun Wolves

first_img1 Chris Wood scored the first goal under Steve Evans’ management Steve Evans had to settle for a point as he began life as the new Leeds United manager with a 1-1 draw away to Fulham.It was Fulham who opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when former Leeds man Ross McCormack set up Moussa Dembele to score with a right-footed finish.It took 63 minutes, but the first goal of Evans’ tenure came through Chris Wood from the penalty spot after Ben Pringle handled the ball in the area as the game ended level.Elsewhere, play-off chasers Wolves suffered their second consecutive defeat as they fell 2-0 at home to Brentford.The deadlock was broken after only 16 minutes when Marco Djuricin finished into the top corner after good work from Alan Judge.And as Wolves pushed for the equaliser, Brentford struck again with only three minutes of normal time remaining when Philipp Hofmann latched on to John Swift’s header to claim the three points.The final Championship game of the night ended goalless between Blackburn Rovers and Derby County at Ewood Park, meaning the Rams remain outside of the play-off places on goal difference alone.last_img read more

JUDGE O’DONNELL RETIRES FROM CIRCUIT COURT

first_imgJudge Frank O’Donnell has just retired as a judge of the Circuit Court having served there since May 1995.Judge O’Donnell, along with Judge John Buckley and Judge Michael White, were pioneers as they were the first solicitors to be appointed to the Circuit Court following enabling legislation. From Burtonport, Judge O’Donnell qualified as a solicitor in 1964. He obtained an LLM from Harvard two years later and practised for a number of years in Chicago before returning to Ireland.He was president of the Law Society in 1984.JUDGE O’DONNELL RETIRES FROM CIRCUIT COURT was last modified: April 4th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Magic Mountain’s new flying beast

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Tatsu, Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain’s 17th roller coaster, is slated to open to the public Saturday, hurling thrill-seekers onto their backs on a 2-minute ride that reaches 62 mph and boasts an 111-foot drop. Designed by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, Tatsu is among the largest ride investments at Magic Mountain in recent years – costing an estimated $21 million, according to industry watchers. From atop Samurai Summit, the coaster winds 3,602 feet through the hilly terrain, dodging nearby attractions such as the Revolution roller coaster and the landmark Sky Tower along the way.last_img read more

Leicester close to signing Evans for £20m less than they offered in 2017

first_img1 Jonny Evans looks to be on his way to the King Power Leicester are closing in on defender Jonny Evans after triggering the £3million release clause in his West Brom contract, according to reports.Evans had been linked with a possible move to Arsenal but, following West Brom’s relegation from the Premier League, the Foxes appear in pole position to sign the Northern Ireland international.The 30-year-old Belfast-born central defender, who has played 70 times for his country, joined the Baggies from Manchester United in 2015.Leicester failed with several bids last summer as West Brom rejected their offers, the final one close to £23million.But because of West Brom’s drop into the Sky Bet Championship, Evans is available for a cut-price £3million and is expected to leave The Hawthorns.Arsenal had an approach rejected in January as the Baggies kept Evans for their failed relegation fight last season.Manchester City tried to sign him last summer but could not agree a fee with Albion, with a move back to the north west believed to have interested Evans.He joined Albion for £6million rising to £8million from Manchester United in 2015 and was installed as captain by former manager Tony Pulis.The Northern Ireland international was part of a group of four players who apologised after a taxi was allegedly stolen during a club trip to Spain in February.He failed to start Albion’s final six games under Darren Moore but has made 96 appearances and scored five goals for the club.Leicester are revamping their defence with Robert Huth having been released while captain Wes Morgan will be 35 years old at the end of next season.Boss Claude Puel is being backed in the transfer market with his position now safe after doubts at the end of last term.The Foxes are also leading the chase for Norwich midfielder James Maddison.last_img read more

Crystal Palace star urged Mohamed Salah to tell ref he dived for Liverpool penalty

first_img ALTERED possible standings Milivojevic was incensed at the award of the penalty Crystal Palace’s Luka Milivojevic instructed Mohamed Salah to tell referee Michael Oliver to rescind the penalty he awarded to Liverpool after insisting the Egyptian had gone down too easily.Jurgen Klopp’s team won 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Monday, when James Milner scored from the penalty spot and Sadio Mane secured all three points in stoppage time after Palace had been reduced to 10 men with Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal. The penalty splits opinion gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more NEW ERA 2 “This is not the first mistake in football. We were angry in the first minute but in football you do not have time to cry, we carried on, we tried in the second half. We had some good chances. Okay we lost, but we have to be proud.”Milivojevic played for Serbia during the summer’s World Cup, where the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology helped influence similar decisions.The Premier League remains the only major, top-flight division in European football in which VAR will not contribute to the refereeing of matches, but despite his sense of injustice Milivojevic said: “I do not want VAR in this league. In this country you have the best referees in the world.“I do not think VAR will help. They are human beings, and they make mistakes sometimes. In his opinion he (Oliver) did the right thing. As players, we have to respect the referee. We are not a team who will cry over that penalty, we just carry on.” Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies woncenter_img Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS What had been a competitive affair changed on the stroke of half-time when Salah went down under minimal contact from Mamadou Sakho to earn the penalty which Palace manager Roy Hodgson has also since criticised.Palace’s pursuit of an equaliser left them vulnerable to the counter-attacks that ended with Wan-Bissaka’s red card and Mane’s late finish, and midfielder Milivojevic said: “I told him ‘Say to the referee it’s not a penalty’. But he said it was. From his point of view it was a penalty.“It was not a penalty. During the game that was my opinion and after the game when I saw the image, Mama tried to touch the ball, he did not touch the ball and in my opinion he did not touch the man.“He fell down and for the referee it was a penalty. I did not see the contact on Salah. For me it was clear; it was not a penalty. That is football. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade highlights impact smart causal silverware 2last_img read more