AIBA makes important rules changes

January 20, 2020

first_img With regard to rule changes, there has been a change in the number of judges whose scorecards will be used to determine the winner of each bout in future. Previously, all five judges at ringside scored the bouts, but a computer randomly selected only three of the scorecards and used them to come up with the decision. This has been changed. What will now take place is that all five scorecards will be used to determine the winner of the bout. The scores of the judges and the performance of referees in each bout will, however, be carefully scrutinised by referee/judge evaluators after each contest and action will be taken against officials whose scorecards or performances in the ring do not measure up to the standards expected. There has also been a change in the positioning of the judges at ringside. Previously, the five judges in a bout were placed on only three sides of the ring. This has been adjusted and they will now sit on all four sides of the ring in a bid to get more consistent decisions. The selection of referees and judges for each bout has also been changed. The human element has been removed and all selections will now be done electronically. The draw to decide which boxers will meet at the various stages will also be done electronically. The AIBA has stated that these changes will, to a large extent, remove the human element and are designed to add more transparency to the selection of officials and the matching of boxers in competition. The rules with regard to professional boxers have also been amended and national Federations will be given the authority to bring professional boxers into their fold. It has also been confirmed that professional boxers will be allowed to compete at the Olympic Games in the future. Following the adverse criticism that was levelled at the sport after some of the boxing matches at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has taken steps to protect the integrity of the sport and lessen future controversy. At an extraordinary congress that was held in Montreux, Switzerland, on Tuesday, several rule changes were approved. An initial step that was taken after the Olympics, which is still in place, was the abolishing of the five-star referee/judge positions, which was an innovation designed to provide special opportunities for outstanding officials. The AIBA was not satisfied that this served the purpose intended and decided not to continue with this category of officials. The three-star qualification will remain as the highest ranking for referees and judges. Shortly after the Olympics, the AIBA grounded all the 36 referees/judges who participated in the Olympic Games. The decision was taken that they would all remain on hold, with regard to their participating in any competitions, and this would continue until a full investigation and assessment of what took place at the Olympics was completed. CHANGES TO JUDGESlast_img read more

David Hinds calls for action against transgressors

January 14, 2020

first_img– says Govt should use audits to set an exampleBy Alexis RodneyPolitical commentator Dr David Hinds has said while he agreed with President David Granger that it might be difficult to persecute every person found culpable in the reports of the recently concluded State Audits,President David GrangerDr David HindsGovernment should go after some instances of corruption to send a very stern message.Speaking with Guyana Times in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Hinds, an executive of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), one of the partners in the coalition Government, said there have to be some cases of “blatant corruption”, carried out by some former Government officials, and the new Administration should use some of these instances to hint that it was totally against corruption.“Having gotten the results of the audits, I agree with the President that you should not jump at everything, because not every malpractice is corruption, but I think that from the best of my knowledge, there are some instances of blatant corruption. I think the President has to go after the instances of blatant corruption,” Hinds told Guyana Times.He said it would be a good move; however, before Government “jumps before the courts”, the audits should be carefully studied. “You have to get a set of fresh eyes and legal people to look at it. But I refuse to believe [based on] what I have read in the newspapers that there are not two or three or four instances of blatant corruption that should be brought before the courts.”According to Hinds, should Government fail in this regard, it will send a message to those from the previous Administration who remain, to continue down this path, thus, driving a continuous process of undetectable corruption.“We live in the type of society, if you do not do it, there are still others who are in office from the old regime, because the top officers may have gone, but the people at the second, and third level of Government are still there and so, if they can see that these things can be uncovered and people can get away, then that give them the incentive to continue.”Hinds said for him, it is not about punishing the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) and their officials, it is simply putting a brake on blatant corruption and setting an example for future Governments.President Granger late last week said that while Government has received the reports of the so far completed State Audits, it may find it challenging to persecute persons who have been found culpable.He insisted that the main objective behind audits and the reports was to ensure that no improper or corrupt practices recur. He said too that he was not willing to use the audits and the reports as tools for “witch hunting”.The President had previously said the audits were being used as “guides for corrective action to ensure that there is no reoccurrence”.Hinds expressed the view that the State Audits were an absolute necessity, since there had been an “abuse of State resources throughout our post-independence”.“It did not start with the previous PPP, it started before. But I think it escalated under the PPP and we have to put a stop to that, because, if it escalated under the PPP, the logic is that if nothing is done, it will continue with this audit. So I think the audit was very important.”Meanwhile, Hinds, speaking on Government’s decision to use independent auditors, as against officials of the State Audit Department, said he totally supported the use of independent officials.“I think if you were to use State Auditors to audit the State, whether it was the past or present Government, it is the same Government. I don’t think that the State should be asking State Auditors to audit it. So I do agree with the move to have an independent audit,” he explained.Hinds said it was understandable that persons have had some qualms about the independent auditors; however, he was quite sure that an excellent job was done.“I know some people have questioned whether the auditors themselves were independent as many of the auditors, some of them were associated with the Opposition. That is the difficulty with politics in Guyana. But professionals need to be given a chance to do their professional work…To the best of my knowledge, I think they have done a professional job.”He continued there were always going to be subjectivity and one has to make allowances for that. “I still do think that the independent auditors would give more nuances and a more dispassionate review of the audits as against the State Auditors.”Hinds said in all of this, it would be a good thing if Government could be a little clearer about what was being done about official corruption. He said while the audits were fine, Government still needed to be clear about where the lines should be drawn.“There is not really a clear line drawn. There are still vestiges of the old order still in place that should not be there,” Hinds told Guyana Times.last_img read more

Man knocked unconscious during Linden Mash fete

January 12, 2020

first_imgPolice in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) are investigating the circumstances under which a Linden man was injured during the town’s Mashramani celebration at the Bayroc Community Centre Ground, Wismar, Linden on Sunday.Reports from the Police indicate that the victim, Melward Grant, 22, a labourer of Canvas City, Wismar, was struck to the back of the head. Grant was at the Mashramani fete with his friends and family and about 17:15h, he went to one of the bars about 100 feet away from the pavilion to make a purchase. He was attacked from behind while at the bar making his purchase and fell unconscious. He was picked up and rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex, where he was examined by a doctor and treated for a laceration to the back of the head. He regained consciousness about 22:30h that night.Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

Govt investigating Mae’s cultural day incident – Minister

January 12, 2020

first_imgThe incident involving a nine-year-old student at Mae’s Schools being prevented from attending class in full traditional Amerindian wear during a Culture Day activity has received the attention of Government, which is now investigating.Indigenous People’s Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock has expressed surprise at the incident, telling media operatives at the sidelines of a meeting at Parliament on Wednesday that it goes against what the Government is trying to do, and that is to bring social cohesion and national unity among all the many ethnics groups, through various efforts.“It is something I would not have expected since we are embarking upon social cohesion and unifying of the country. We are a multiethnic, multiracial community and we should be more understanding and respectful for the citizens of the country… however we have the relevant authorities addressing this as I speak,” he added.Nevertheless, he said Government is very concerned about the incident and as such has moved towards trying to get to the bottom of the issue by investigating what took place. Allicock said while his Ministry will be integrally involved in the entire investigation, the team will be led by someone from the Education Ministry which has direct responsibility over all schools.Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe has also commented on the issue, stating that the school owes the child and his parents an apology.“I think they should have thought it through and viewed it [attire] as his culture and explained its significance to the other students who may not have understood. They should have taken the opportunity to teach the children about the Indigenous culture,” she said.The National Toshaos Council (NTC) on Tuesday joined with the Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) and Red Thread in criticising the actions taken by the administration of the private institution.The concerned organisations and a number of persons took part in a picket exercise outside the school, after the mother of the primary school child vented her frustrations on social media after the private institution deemed the boy’s Indigenous outfit “inappropriate”.NTC Chairman Joel Fredericks during the picketing exercise said Indigenous people respect other races and expressed total disgust at the entire episode. In the same vein, he questioned if Government was truly serious about advancing social cohesion.The school’s administration in a statement issued late Tuesday afternoon offered an alternative account of the events of May 25, 2018 – Culture Day – saying that all students were briefed on the activity, noting that no clothing that exposed them was allowed.“All children were told that plain T-shirts and tights/shorts should be worn under clothes that would otherwise expose them,” the school highlighted.While the school has been refusing to take responsibility for their action, a letter to parents on Culture Day, contradicts the school’s position, which stated, “Pupils will be allowed to dress in their cultural wear, depicting an ethnic group of their choice on Friday, May 2015, 2018.”The letter signed by Director of Primary, Soneia Glasgow has been circulating on social media.last_img read more

“Fifty” turns self in for questing over fatal beating

January 12, 2020

first_imgPolice in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), have arrested a Lindener, Travis Hazel, called “Fifty”, of Silver City, Wismar, Linden in connection with the murder of 55-year-old Leroy Barron, of Lot 59 Old Kara Kara, Mackenzie, Linden, who was beaten to death in Linden on Friday last.E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden on Tuesday confirmed the arrest, explaining that the suspect who had been in hiding, turned himself in at the Mackenzie Police Station in Linden on Monday evening.He said advice is presently being sought on the way forward as investigations continue. Meanwhile, a post-mortem examination (PME) conducted on the body of the 55-year-old gave the cause of death as brain haemorrhage due to blunt trauma to the head. The PME of the unemployed resident was conducted on Monday by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh at the Georgetown Public Hospital after the body was positively identified by his brother, Kevin Barron.Preliminary investigations revealed that the incident occurred at about 11:00h on Friday at Co-op Crescent, Mackenzie. Initial investigations revealed that there was an argument between Barron, who was known to do odd jobs around the Mackenzie Market, and the suspect, during which the suspect allegedly armed himself with a piece of wood and dealt the now deceased a severe beating before fleeing the scene. The badly wounded man was later taken to the Linden Hospital Complex where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Meanwhile, Guyana Times was told that persons who witnessed the incident have indicated that the deceased had accused the suspect of being involved in the sale of cocaine, which allegedly led to the confrontation. Reports also indicate that the deceased was also involved in another confrontation with another man on the fateful day as well. A neighbour, Michael Thomas, described Barron as being a “disrespectful individual” who abused drugs.According to the neighbour, Barron, a father of three, had lived overseas for some time before returning to Guyana. However, his brother, Kevin Barron, described the deceased as a loving brother.last_img read more

Redlands men lose costly game

January 11, 2020

first_imgTHOUSAND OAKS – The University of Redlands men’s basketball team lost to Cal Lutheran by 44 thier first meeting. And that was on their home court. So it didn’t look good for the Bulldogs Wednesday night when they marched into the opponent’s gym needing a win. “It was a dagger but there are still five games left,” Redlands coach Gary Smith said. “Cal Lutheran has to go on the road and Oxy has some road games. I like what we have left and we need some help but it could still happen.” The Bulldogs (13-6, 6-3) trailed by as many as 11 in the first half but were down by just one at halftime. They took their first lead of the game with 11:31 to go on a 3-pointer by Cameron Mitchell. But that lead didn’t last long. Redlands led for the last time at 82-81 on a put back by Andrew McClellan with 5:24 to play, but the Kingsmen (15-5, 8-1) scored the next six points and led 87-82 with 3:32 left. The Bulldogs were down 91-85 with 2:29 left. A shot by Dan Selway went around the rim but lipped out and the Kingsmen netted a pair of free throws seconds later to put the game away. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Bulldogs battled to the wire but were dealt a 97-90 loss at the Gilbert Recreation Complex. Redlands started the night one game behind Cal Lutheran and Occidental, so it was a costly loss with the season winding down. The Kingsmen are in sole possession of first by virtue of Claremont’s 68-51 win over Occidental. last_img read more

Napoli capitalise on Inter Milan’s slip to move top

January 10, 2020

first_img0Shares0000Udinese’s players celebrate after their Serie A victory over Inter Milan at the San Siro stadium in Milan © AFP / ALBERTO PIZZOLIMilan, Italy, Dec 16 – Marek Hamsik equalled Diego Maradona’s record as Napoli’s all-time top goalscorer as they took advantage of Inter Milan’s first defeat of the season and moved top of Serie A with a 3-1 win at Torino on Saturday.Inter went down 3-1 to Udinese at the San Siro earlier in the day and Hamsik, who now has 115 Napoli goals in all competitions, led the way as Maurizio Sarri’s side made the most of Inter’s loss with a three-goal blitz in the first half-hour that saw off Torino and moved them top on 42 points, two ahead of Inter, who drop back to second. “It’s very pleasing to score 115 goals as a midfielder. That’s a good number,” Slovakian international Hamsik told Sky Sport Italia.Napoli’s win came after a 1-0 home defeat by Juventus a fortnight ago that saw them relinquish top spot to Inter and a poor goalless draw with Fiorentina last week that saw them fail to take advantage of Inter’s own 0-0 draw at Juve.“We are really happy with the performance,” added Hamsik.“I don’t know if it’s an advantage to be top of the table, but it can help us remember how strong we are.”The loss for Luciano Spalletti’s team also gives third-placed Juventus, themselves four points behind Napoli, the opportunity to leapfrog their old rivals Inter at Bologna on Sunday.“We will probably need of something (in the winter transfer window) if we’re going to make that step forward,” admitted Spalletti.Fourth-placed Roma moved level on points with Juve as Argentinian centre-back Federico Fazio’s 94th-minute goal grabbed a 1-0 win over Cagliari, after Diego Perotti had earlier missed a penalty.The capital club are well in the title race, just four points adrift of Napoli with a game in hand, as they bid for a first Scudetto since 2001.– Koulibaly strikes early –Kalidou Koulibaly sent Napoli on their way in the fourth minute when he headed home Allan’s flick-on from a corner, and the away side looked out of sight with just 25 minutes gone when Piotr Zielinski collected Jorginho’s precise through ball and slotted home their second.Hamsik effectively ended the match as a contest with 30 minutes gone when he swept home Dries Merten’s pass first time past Salvatore Sirigu, scoring his first goal since the start of October and finally equalling Maradona’s record.Torino striker Andrea Belotti pulled one back in the 63rd minute, ending an eight-game goal drought that stretched back nearly two months, but that was as good as it got for the hosts.“My players knew what Inter had done and that can either help or hinder you,” said Napoli coach Sarri.“They can give you the hunger to retake the top spot, but can also pile extra pressure on. Today the lads did well to make something positive from the result at the San Siro.”Inter looked like they were set to maintain their unbeaten record and momentarily extend their lead at the top when Mauro Icardi levelled the scores with his 18th goal of the season, a smart volley just 71 seconds after Kevin Lasagna’s 14th-minute opener.But despite dominating, the hosts could not find the breakthrough, and were punished just after the hour mark.Inter defender Davide Santon compounded a poor display by handballing Silvan Widmer’s cross, and after referee Maurizio Mariani consulted the video assistant referee to check that the ball had not gone out before the Udinese right-back reached the ball, he awarded the penalty from which Rodrigo De Paul gave the away side the lead.Inter continued to push and almost levelled in the 68th minute when Milan Skriniar thumped Antonio Candreva’s cross off the bar, but were punished when Antonin Barak finished a lightning break with 13 minutes left to sink the home side.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Glitch scotches aircraft test

December 28, 2019

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – The planned first flight of an unmanned Defense Department experimental aircraft was called off Friday because of a technical glitch with a data link. The engineless X-37 was carried aloft by a jet mothership Friday morning from Mojave Airport, but the test was halted because of technical problems with a microwave data link from the test range. A new date to try the flight has not yet been determined. The mothership landed back at Mojave without releasing the X-37, which under the original plan was to glide to a landing at Edwards Air Force Base. The X-37’s mothership is the White Knight, the aircraft used to take SpaceShipOne aloft for its sub-orbital space flights in 2004. Burt Rutan’s Scaled Composites company, the designer and builder of the White Knight and SpaceShipOne, was hired by Boeing, X-37’s prime contractor, for the X-37 flight tests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 The X-37 was designed to advance technologies that could be used in future spacecraft, including new thermal-protection systems, composite materials and advanced navigation and control systems. The aircraft was built by a small cadre of Boeing workers in Palmdale. The X-37 initially was funded under a $173 million contract in 1999, with the costs being shared by NASA, Boeing and the Air Force. The Air Force later dropped out of the program. Work on the experimental aircraft continued under a $301 million contract to support a now-canceled effort to develop a manned spacecraft to augment the space shuttle fleet. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency later picked up the sponsorship of the program to aid programs looking to advance cost-effective, reliable access to space. DARPA is the same agency that spurred the early secret development of the F-117A stealth fighter and the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. The X-37 was one of three X-plane projects launched during the Clinton administration to test technologies for future spacecraft. The others, X-33 and X- 34, were canceled after technical difficulties and cost overruns. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 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

Six players who might find the riches of China too good to refuse this summer

December 27, 2019

first_img 6 Chinese clubs will be back splashing the cash in the summer transfer window, making offers some players (and agents) will find too lucrative to refuse.Diego Costa reportedly already has a £650,000 a-week contract to consider from Tianjin Quanjian, whose owner Shu Yuhui has said deals with ‘two or three stars’ have been agreed.So who might be heading to the Far East?Scroll through the gallery above to check out six players who could soon make a move to the Chinese Super League. 6 Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) – Falcao revealed in January that he rejected three big-money offers from China to stay put at the Stade Louis II. He cited his desire to win silverware with Monaco as the key reason behind him snubbing the deals. Should his side seal the Ligue 1 title, then, he could be in search of a new challenge. Diego Costa (Chelsea) – click the arrow above, right, to check out five more players who might be preparing for a move to the Chinese Super League – Rarely does a day go past without Costa’s name being linked with a Chelsea exit. It might be this summer that he finally gets his alleged wish. Tianjin Quanjian have been chasing him since the winter window and, if reports are to be believed, are closing in on a deal. Should the striker agree, he’ll be earning £650,000 a week after tax. 6 6 6 6 Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Cavani has been linked with a move to China for much of the past year, and while talk has cooled of late, PSG might be open to cashing in and bringing in a younger replacement for next season. The Uruguayan has thrived following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure and is Ligue 1’s top scorer with 31 this term. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Rooney’s contract expires at United in two summers’ time, but Jose Mourinho is likely planning for life without his club captain. It would be surprising if he doesn’t assess his future at the end of the season, and speculation has previously been rife that he could be on the way to China. In February, his agent agent Paul Stretford was understood to have been negotiating a deal for the forward to leave Old Trafford. This process might still be undergoing. John Terry (Chelsea) – Terry will end his 22 years of service to the Blues at the end of the season. He announced last month that he will leave when his contract expires in the summer, in search of increased playing time at another club. It’s uncertain where he’s off to next, but he surely already has a deal in place. We’ll soon find out if his move is to China. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) – Beijing Guoan reportedly made a £30m bid for Defoe in January, but the striker opted to remain at the Stadium of Light in the hope of saving the Black Cats from relegation. Having failed to evade the drop, he’s likely to leave in the summer and could be considering the riches of China. Bournemouth, though, are understood to be offering serious competition for his signature. last_img read more


December 25, 2019

first_imgIndependent councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on Donegal County Council NOT to hand over personal details of tenants to Irish Water.The Gaoth Dobhair politician said that the handing over of council housing tenants details to Irish Water would be a “disgraceful invasion of privacy which undermines our local democracy” and says that he intends to ask the council to seek tenants’ permission before complying.“My understanding is that the legislation introduced to create Irish Water, compels council staff to provide the information requested by Irish Water.”, he said. “Regardless of what the elected members may decide at the special meeting on Friday called to discuss the fiasco around Irish Water, we will be unable to instruct the Council not to comply. Once again this government has undermined and devalued our system of local democracy by allowing the demands or a discredited quango to take precedence over the wishes of the elected representatives of the people of the county.“Tenants are outraged that the privacy and confidentiality of their relationship with the council will be breached in this way. I intend to raise this question and ask that the Council seeks prior permission from tenants before providing any information to this outside agency.“Council tenants can best respond to this invasion of privacy by joining in the boycotting of water charges when the bills are due in January. That is the surest way to bring about the end of Irish Water.”  COUNCIL SHOULD NOT HAND OVER PERSONAL DATA OF TENANTS TO IRISH WATER, SAYS COUNCILLOR was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:councilIrish Watertenantslast_img read more