More than 4,000 women on Saturday flocked to an open field to tie rakhis to local BJP MLA Vishvas Sarang.As Mr. Sarang entered the field in Subhash Nagar to the thumping beats of Yeh Desh Hai Veer Jawano Ka, waving at women and children with an arm dangling with rakhis, the host announced: “We’ll not call him an MLA today. He is our bhaiyya (elder brother).”Dhurwati Yadav, who has been attending the week-long event since 2009, when it began, said: “Since bhaiyya invited us, we had to come”.After waiting in line 15 minutes, she tied him a rakhi, bearing faces of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah. In return, she received a gift — a wallet — and a free meal. Last year, each woman got an umbrella.For the past one week, about 100-150 women BJP workers knocked on each door of the area, part of the Narela constituency that Mr. Sarang represents, to invite women to the event. Mamata Goswami, a worker in-charge of one of the wards, said more than 6,000 invitation receipts were collected, each having the invitee’s name, address and phone number. The invitation read: “It is because of the love and blessings of you sisters that the path of progress undertaken by this brother has lit up”.Surrounded by boys feverishly dancing to the music, she said only women between 18 and 60 are allowed to tie rakhis to the MLA.
Pakistan have confirmed their participation in their first ever day-night Test against Australia. The match will be played in Brisbane from December 15-19 this year.Pakistan will tour Australia later this year for a three-Test series (in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney) and five ODIs.This development comes in the back of South Africa’s refusal to play a day-night Test against the Australia in Adelaide.The first ever day-night test was staged at the Adelaide Oval last year, with Australia beating New Zealand in a low-scoring match using a pink ball.It was a TV ratings success and attracted a record crowd for a non-Ashes test in Adelaide, but players from both teams had concerns about the pink ball and its visibility and movement at certain times of the game. The South African players’ association has expressed reservations about playing a day-night test with a pink ball and there’s no agreement yet that the third test of the series will be played under those conditions.The concept was widely successful and it was expected that two day-night Tests would feature in the 2016-17 fixture in Australia. However, the Proteas were reluctant because they thought it could be a disadvantage for them.Incidentally, Pakistan wanted to host a day-night Test in the UAE back in the summer of 2013-14, but Sri Lanka declined because of lack of practice with the pink ball.(With inputs from AP)
The Bucks gave Antetokounmpo the OK to play with the Greek National Basketball Team for the upcoming Pre-Olympic Qualifying Tournament. On the other hand, Papanikolaou was ruled out due to an ankle injury.Although Antetokounmpo was called-up by Katsikaris in the Pre-Selection roster, Antetokounmpo’s participation in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament was unsure. The Bucks advised Antetokounmpo to focus on improving his game, individually, and skip this summer’s Olympics with the Greek National Team. After today’s meeting with the Bucks, the “Greek Freak” was able to convince Milwaukee, allowing him to play with the National Team this summer. This is great news for the Galanolefki, since key players will be missing from the team (Printezis-Mavrokefalidis injured, Zisis-Spanoulis retired). Antetokounmpo confirmed his place with the National team through Instagram saying “The decision was made! I can’t never leave your side. I’ll be there for you!”On the other hand, Papanikolaou was also called-up to the Pre-selection roster, but was ruled out due to an ankle injury. His “knockout” was confirmed after today’s test results were known.Source: www.agonasport.comTweetPinShare0 Shares
If you can’t beat them, buy them. That appears to be Juventus’ philosophy as it continues its quest for the Champions League title.In 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Real Madrid against Juventus to eliminate the Serie A champion from Europe’s premier club competition. A few months later Juventus signed him.This year Matthijs de Ligt scored the goal that eliminated Juventus from the Champions League in April as he captained Ajax to the semifinals. On Thursday, Juventus signed the Netherlands defender. Juventus is an overwhelming favorite to win a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title but it is desperate to end its long wait for European success.Since Juventus’ last title in 1996, it has finished runner-up five times in the Champions League.“We want to win them all: this is the mentality of Juventus,” said De Ligt at his first news conference as a Juventus player on Friday. “I’m 19, I can still improve and I want to do that. It’s important to work hard every day and to learn, and I hope to become a better player.”Newly hired Juventus soccer team defender Matthijs de Ligt shows the thumbs up sign upon his arrival at the Juventus Medical Center in Turin, Italy, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Matthijis de Ligt is undergoing medical exams with Juventus ahead of an expected 70 million euros ($80 million) transfer from Ajax. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA Via AP)De Ligt became the most expensive defender in Serie A history when he completed a 75 million euro ($85 million) transfer from Ajax.But the teen is not fazed at the price tag.“Of course, when a club buys you for a big amount of money, there’s a lot of pressure, but pressure is normal in football,” De Ligt said. “I think pressure is the most important thing and if you want to be a good player, you have to deal with it.“It’s not a big deal for me. I’ll just play my game, work hard and show it on the pitch. In the end, everyone will see how I deal with it, but it’s not going to be a problem.”A photo emerged during the week of De Ligt wearing a Juventus shirt as a child and he admitted he grew up idolizing Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro, who captained Italy to World Cup success in 2006.“The photo of me in a Juventus shirt was taken when I was about six or seven, at that time Fabio Cannavaro was a defender that I admired,” he said. “I always had a good feeling about Juventus and I’ve always been a fan.”Another reason De Ligt chose Juventus was because of new coach Maurizio Sarri, who replaced Massimiliano Allegri at the end of the season.“I spoke to Sarri on the phone before coming, just to get to know each other,” De Ligt said. “He was one of the reasons that I wanted to join here, I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and I like his footballing philosophy and how he prepares his defense.”By: Daniella Matar, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We buy world class potentialby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says their approach to the market is about targeting potential.Klopp admits buying readymade players isn’t in the plan.He told the Liverpool Echo, “In football, there are two ways to improve. One is to sign good players and the second is training, but having time together is always good. You don’t have time together in football, usually, but we had it then, which was really good.”We don’t start at minus 20 and say ‘by the way, set-piece, we do this, we do that’ and you have to explain to six players and you think ‘oh God!’. Having a basis is brilliant, but you need world-class players and if they are not world-class already, they need the world-class potential. That is what we need at a club like Liverpool.”I think that is what we tried to do and it I think it worked pretty well. All the boys have improved a lot since we were together and that is what you have to do. So whatever we achieved, we did it because the boys always took the next steps, got more mature, got more confident and more convinced about the way we play.”I think meanwhile, it becomes really natural for the boys and that is so important. For us, our big target was to qualify for the Champions League and it was clear we wanted to do that. But it’s the most difficult league to do this in, in England but it happened somehow.”
Next Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s doping ban doubled to eight yearsJemima Sumgong, who won the 2016 Rio Olympic gold in women’s marathon, was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).advertisement Reuters New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 21:29 IST Jemima Sumgong had won gold in the women’s marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJemima Sumgong found guilty of providing false information while defending herselfSumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017Sumsong became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold in 2016Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong has had her doping ban doubled to eight years after being found guilty by the IAAF of providing false information while defending herself against her initial sanction, the Athletics Integrity Unit have said.Sumgong was initially banned for four years by Kenya’s anti-doping agency (ADAK) in 2017 after testing positive for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO).The 34-year-old, who became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic marathon gold at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, said she had been injected with EPO by an “impostor” during a doctors’ strike in Kenya.That claim was rejected as “not authentic” by the disciplinary tribunal of international athletics’ governing body (IAAF).In a ruling dated Jan. 17, the tribunal said there was also “compelling evidence” Sumgong had falsified her medical records and lied about her whereabouts after the positive test for EPO.Her actions constituted a second anti-doping offence of “tampering with a doping control” and merited the imposition of a second four-year sanction, the tribunal, chaired by Michael Beloff QC, said in its ruling.Accordingly, Sumgong is now banned until is April 3, 2025, although she has the right to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Athletics Integrity Unit head Brett Clothier welcomed the tribunal’s decision.”We hope that it sends a message to dopers that the AIU has strong investigative capabilities and does not tolerate false evidence in doping cases,” he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.”We also want to underline the vital support of Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya in pursuing this case. They are a valuable partner in the fight against doping in Kenya.”advertisementAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Jemima Sumgong
Premier Darrell Dexter, today Jan. 1, expressed sorrow over the death of Sergeant Kirk Taylor of Yarmouth. Mr. Taylor was a member of 84 Independent Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery, killed in action in Kandahar province on Wednesday, Dec. 30. “I want to offer my sincere condolences to Mr. Taylor’s family and friends during this difficult time,” said Premier Dexter. “My thoughts and prayers are with the family as they cope with this tragic loss.” Mr. Taylor was serving with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team. Premier Dexter said Mr. Taylor, like all members of the Canadian Armed Forces, will be remembered as a hero who fought for Canadian values like peace, freedom and democracy.
Kolkata: West Bengal Education minister Partha Chatterjee has said that state-run and aided colleges should inform the government before appointing any guest lecturer. Authorities in state-run and state-aided colleges should apprise the Higher Education department before appointing any guest lecturer and not proceed on their own, Chatterjee told reporters here on Friday evening. “We will shortly issue an order asking state-run and state-aided colleges not to issue advertisements recruiting guest lecturers without the knowledge of the department. Often they (colleges) do so and the department is kept in the dark about the recruitment,” the minister said. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers He said the government was assessing the ratio of guest lecturer with full time teacher and the total number of guest and full time teachers in all colleges. “After judging the figures we will be able to determine wherever there is real need of more recruitment (of a new guest lecturer) and if so then inform the Chief Minister’s Office and Finance department accordingly ,” he said. Chatterjee said the government has already undertaken steps for regularisation of those guest lecturers who are eligible as per UGC norms. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “We are working towards regularisation of services of those guest lecturers who meet the UGC criteria. We will give weightage towards regularising their services through College Service Commission”, he said. However, those guest teachers, not meeting UGC criteria, will also be given a hearing at a meeting at Nazrul Manch, a state-run auditorium, by this month. “We will consider what can be done with their cases (guest lecturers not meeting UGC criteria) after the meeting with the representatives (of such guest lecturers not meeting UGC criteria) as the CM is sympathetic to their situation.” The government will do whatever can be done while keeping in mind its own financial condition, he said. “We are being told by the representatives of guest lecturers that they are made to do many important work in colleges and not just take classes. If their claims are true we need to do something for the deserving ones,” Chatterjee said. The minister was talking to reporters after meeting representatives of guest lecturers and representatives of state-run Sishu Siksha Kendras (SSK).
Stockholm: Swedish prosecutors have interviewed two new witnesses over a 2010 rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Prosecution Authority said Monday. It said a total of seven witnesses had been interviewed over the summer. “We have mainly re-interviewed those individuals who were interviewed in 2010, although two of the persons interviewed have not previously been interviewed,” the deputy director of public prosecution, Eva-Marie Persson, said. The Swedish investigation concerns events which took place in August 2010 when a Swedish woman accused Assange of rape, after meeting him at a WikiLeaks conference in Stockholm. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAssange, 48, has always denied the allegation. The statute of limitations in the case expires in August 2020. “Once we have analysed the interviews, I will decide how to proceed with the case. The investigation may then be discontinued or I may decide to conduct further inquiries,” she said. “If I make the assessment that the next step is to interview Julian Assange, I will issue a European Investigation Order, in which case I shall write to the British authorities with a request to conduct an interview,” Persson said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange has been held at a top-security British prison since April after police sensationally dragged him out of the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he had been holed up since 2012 to avoid a extradition order to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning. Assange was subsequently sentenced to 50 weeks in prison for breaching bail conditions when he took refuge in the embassy. Following his arrest, Swedish authorities reopened their 2010 rape investigation, which had been closed in 2017 with the argument that it was not possible to proceed with the probe as Assange could not be reached. Prosecutors then asked a Swedish court to order Assange detained in Sweden in order to facilitate their investigation. But the court refused the request, saying he was already imprisoned in Britain and their investigation could proceed in other ways. Assange is currently also the subject of a US extradition request, where he is facing a total of 18 charges, most of which relate to obtaining and disseminating classified information over the publishing of military documents and diplomatic cables through the website WikiLeaks. He could be sentenced to 175 years in prison if convicted on all 18 counts.
OTTAWA — A national ban on the most harmful single-use plastics will very likely force restaurants and fast-food outlets to find non-plastic materials for takeout and delivery containers but plastic bottles for water and soda are more likely to be improved rather than phased out.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday his government is starting the regulatory work to ban toxic single-use plastics because the garbage infiltrating the world’s waterways is out of hand.“As parents, we’re at a point where we take our kids to the beach and we have to search out a patch of sand that isn’t littered with straws, Styrofoam or bottles,” he said. “That’s a problem, one that we have to do something about.”Nothing is going to be banned overnight, with the process to implement a federal ban or limitations on a product under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act usually taking two to four years. The goal is to make decisions on everything on the list by 2021.“It’s going to take a little bit of time to make sure we get it absolutely right because this is a big step but we know that we can do this by 2021,” Trudeau said.The process includes an assessment of each product, a proposed regulation, a public comment period, and then the final decision by cabinet.Trudeau said Canada’s plan will “closely mirror” that of Europe. Last month the European Parliament agreed that by 2021 the European Union will ban almost a dozen single-use products including plastic plates, cutlery, cups, straws, plastic sticks in cotton swabs, balloon sticks and stir sticks, and Styrofoam cups and take-out food containers. Oxo-degradeable plastics including plastic grocery bags, which break down into tiny pieces with exposure to air but never fully disappear, are also to be banned.Plastic beverage bottles won’t be banned in Europe but the EU will require them to contain a minimum of 30 per cent recycled material by 2030, and a collection rate for recycling or reuse of 90 per cent by 2029. Europe is putting new onus on producers of plastics to ensure they are recycled or reused, including the makers of fishing nets, which are among the most prevalent plastics trapping fish and polluting water bodies.An official at Environment Canada, speaking anonymously because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said Canada’s focus will be on banning things that are the most harmful, or the hardest to recycle. Everything will be run through a full scientific assessment as well as a socio-economic-impact review before any proposals for bans or regulations of materials are made, he said. There may be some exceptions to bans if certain uses of products are critical or irreplaceable, he said.Styrofoam take-out containers are among the products most likely to be banned in Canada. While restaurants favour them because they’re cheap, lightweight and good for hot or cold food, there are already a number of alternatives. Styrofoam containers are also among the worst for the environment; they break down into tiny little pieces that are easily ingested by fish, animals and ultimately humans.Plastic straws are already on their way out by restaurants’ choice, but will almost certainly be covered by the Canadian ban nonetheless. A high-profile campaign against plastic straws last year drove numerous multi-national food and beverage companies — including A&W and Starbucks — to replace plastic straws with paper versions, and many restaurants just stopped automatically putting straws in drinks as a first step.Plastic bottles, however, are unlikely to make the list of banned products. The official said bottles are an area where Canada could require a greater amount of recycled material, and set national targets so 90 to 100 per cent of them are collected for recycling. All of that would trigger provincial and municipal governments to up their recycling games.Canada currently throws out 12 times the plastic it recycles, and there are only about a dozen domestic recycling plants. Requiring more recycled content in bottles or other plastic products would create a larger market for recycled plastic material that would in turn, spur economic activity in the sector and an explosion in the number of sorting and recycling plants.A recent report done by Deloitte and ChemInfo Services for Environment and Climate Change Canada found a 90-per-cent plastics recycling rate in Canada could create 42,000 jobs.Environment groups were cautiously optimistic about the announcement Monday, saying they want to see the follow-through but noting the best way to reduce plastic garbage is to reduce the plastic we produce and use to begin with.“I think we are generally satisfied,” said Vito Buonsante, plastics program manager for Environmental Defence.Sarah King, head of the oceans and plastics campaign at Greenpeace Canada, called it a good first step.NDP MP Gord Johns, whose motion calling for a national strategy to combat plastic pollution passed with unanimous support in December, said the Liberals’ move is a good beginning but it is not a full strategy to get to zero plastic waste.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer shrugged it off as another empty announcement devoid of specifics and without any information on the implications for prices for consumers or for jobs in the plastics industry.The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is also leery of the proposals, with president Dan Kelly asking for a “thorough economic impact assessment” before anything is banned.“It would be irresponsible to put such a sweeping measure into place without fully studying the possible impacts on Canada’s small businesses first,” said Kelly. “There is no reason why sound environmental policy and economic development can’t go hand in hand.”Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
Ghaizabad: With the arrest of eight criminals, the Ghaziabad police have busted two auto robbers gang who used to rob passengers during the ride.Police said that the arrest was made from two police station areas while the five of arrested accused who were nabbed by a police team of Vijay Nagar police station were arrested after a gun battle with criminals on late Monday night. According to police, the five accused nabbed by Vijay Nagar police were identified as Bahadur, Raj Kumar, Sandeep, Pawan and Karan. Cops said that Pawan lived in Bisrakh area of Greater Noida while the other accused hailed from different areas in Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderPolice said that these five accused were arrested by Vijay Nagar police following a gun battle near TNT round about on late Monday night. Police recovered three country made pistols along with few cases of live ammunition, a few jewellers and cash worth Rs 4600 from the possession of accused persons. Shlok Kumar, SP City, Ghaziabad said that the criminals were arrested by Vijaynagar police team also robbed a dentist on March 12. “The criminals have robbed a lady dentist after she boarded their auto. The two accused Pawan and Sandeep had withdrawal the money with ATM card of dentist lady, while the CCTV installed in ATM captured their face, and police were looking for them. The gang was being run by another Pawan who is absconding since the incident and police teams are conducting search to nab him,” said Kumar. The officer further said that the gang of auto robbers also robbed a female Delhi University student in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad. Cops said that those arrested by Indirapuram police were identified as Kasim, Salman and Sarwar, all native of different area in Ghaziabad.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Drugstore chain CVS Health has agreed to pay $535,000 to resolve federal allegations that it filled dozens of Percocet prescriptions its pharmacists should have known were forged.The U.S. attorney for Rhode Island and the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England office announced the penalty Tuesday.Percocet is a brand-name painkiller that contains acetaminophen and the opioid oxycodone. Federal officials say the forged prescriptions were filled at several Rhode Island locations between September 2015 and June 2017, in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act. The statute places a “corresponding responsibility” on pharmacists to ensure the prescriptions they’re filling are valid and legal.Woonsocket-based CVS denies wrongdoing in the case but says it “agreed to this settlement to avoid the delay, uncertainty and expense of litigation.”The Associated Press
The politician’s son was in 2016 charged for drunk driving and earlier he was also involved in a mid-air drama while under the influence of alcohol. (Colombo Gazette) The driving licence of Ramith Rambukwella, son of former Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, was suspended today after he was arrested for drunk driving.The Colombo Additional Magistrate ordered the licence to be temporarily suspend. Rambukwella, a member of the Sri Lanka cricket pool, was arrested on Friday after his vehicle crashed into a motorcycle.Rambukwella had allegedly assaulted the rider following the accident.
(Right) Carlos César, former president of the Azores, and David Tavares, president and CEO of Globestar Systems Inc., visited Brock Monday.Brock University’s partnership with the University of the Azores took another step forward this week when delegates from the autonomous region of Portugal visited the St. Catharines campus.Irene Blayer, from Brock’s Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, along with Brock International, co-hosted the visit by Carlos César, former president of the Autonomous Region of Azores, Luisa César, former first lady, David Tavares, president and CEO of Globestar Systems Inc., and Dr. Norris Carroll, Globestar healthcare consultant.César served as president from 1996-2012 and is currently a senior advisor of Globestar Systems Europe, which is a branch of Tavares’ company.Both César and Tavares have very strong ties to the Portuguese/Azorean community in Canada, especially in Toronto where there is a much larger community. Tavares’ company was also the provider of Brock’s current state-of-the-art Emergency Management Systems.It was nearly a year ago when Brock formalized an agreement of cooperation with the University of the Azores, with an interest in building on collaborative research activities and exploring the possibility for other forms of mobility, for students and faculty.“It helps us to diversify,” said Sheila Young, Brock International director. “We would like to continue having Azorean students here participating at Brock as well as have our students broadening their horizons by participating there.”Academics from the University of the Azores have previously visited Brock. Conversely, a number of Brock faculty from Social Sciences, Education and Humanities participated in the International Conference on Storytelling: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Perspectives, organized by Blayer in the Azores in 2005.Monday’s visit, which included meeting with University Provost Neil McCartney and touring BioLinc at Brock, led to further understanding of possibilities and discussion around concrete areas in which Brock and the University of Azores might share expertise and collaborate on projects leading to exchange and mobility opportunities for students and faculty.Blayer, together with other academics of Portuguese descent from Canada and the United States, was the recipient of the prestigious Award of Merit bestowed on her by the Regional Assembly in June 2009.
During their meeting on Sunday, High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers and President Hamid Karzai agreed that the success of returns to the country would quickly turn into failure if Afghans could not reintegrate in their homeland.In order to address the problem, Mr. Lubbers said UNHCR would work to better link return, reintegration, rehabilitation and reconstruction, adding that development agencies would take responsibility for the latter stages. President Karzai welcomed this initiative and urged the international community to intensify coordination efforts among the UN agencies and with the Afghan Government.In what UNHCR billed as a “significant gesture” to resolve the problem of internally displaced persons in southern Afghanistan, the President on Monday sent his Minister of Repatriation, Enayatullah Nazari, to join Mr. Lubbers on his trip to Kandahar province. This marked the first visit by a government minister specifically to look at problems of displaced Afghans in the south.The officials visited two makeshift camps in the Afghan border town of Spin Boldak, where some 30,000 displaced people live in squalid, windswept encampments. While there, they met with ethnic Pashtuns who said they had left their farms in northern Afghanistan because of persecution.Mr. Lubbers told the displaced Afghans that staying in a camp would not be a solution to their problems, and pledged that his agency would work on a special step-by-step programme to help them, as agreed with President Karzai.Filippo Grandi, UNHCR’s top official in Afghanistan, told the group of Pashtuns that the Government would try to form a group to begin working on the return of people to northern Afghanistan. He added that government officials from their home region would come to Kandahar province, and that “go and see” visits for displaced persons would be organized so that they could visit their home areas. At the same time, Mr. Grandi warned the Afghans not to expect a quick fix.About 1.5 million Afghans have returned to their country since UNHCR and the Transitional Authority began a voluntary repatriation initiative in March.
Somewhere along the way, boxing fell down and has been unable to get back up—just like the old lady in the commercial. But when she called out for help, there was someone listening. Boxing’s call has gone unanswered for years now. And so, a sport that once was must-see action just lies there, unresponsive, virtually comatose.Every now and again, Floyd Mayweather will fight or Manny Pacquiao will knock out someone, and the sport feels resuscitated – for about an hour. Then it curls back into the fetal position.Where have all the champions gone? Surely someone could go down the prolonged list of acronym belt-holders and say, “There. There are the champions.” And you would not recognize most of them. There is no one to compare to Sugar Ray Leonard or Roberto Duran or Tommy Hearns or Marvin Hagler or Wilfredo Benitez or Aaron Pryor or Alexis Arguello or Julio Ceasar Chavez or Roy Jones Jr. or Pernell Whitaker or Oscar De La Hoya or Felix Trinidad or Hector Camacho.That’s a baker’s dozen worth of champions from the 1980s and 1990s who were of style and substance. They were reasons to watch the so-called “sweet science.” And that list did not even include heavyweights. It would not have been fair to go back to the golden ages of boxing, where legends Sugar Ray Robinson, Floyd Patterson, Joe Frazier, Muhammad Ali, etc., were the kings of the ring.There was a time when the heavyweight champion of the world was an iconic figure, the symbolic “baddest man on the planet.” As off-center as he was, Mike Tyson was a boxing meter-mover, perhaps the biggest of all time when he was at his best. He did his work in the late 1980s and 1990s, when there was Evander Holyfield, ageless George Foreman, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis, Michael Moorer all sharing the heavyweight crown (with a few flukes) over a decade.The point is, there was genuine interest and excitement in boxing. In most every weight class, there were fighters that were skilled and interesting, if not complex.Now the Klitschoko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, reign over the largest classification, with no challengers of merit. They are from the Ukraine and have the personalities of, well, Ukrainians.Worse for boxing, even if Mayweather and Pacquiao do come together and deliver an epic, where does that leave the sport? What would be the next highly anticipated fight? A rematch?The word is that promoter Bob Arum is holding up an agreement to put those two together. How silly is that? Why is a promoter needed in a fight that all boxing fans (and even the curious) are clamoring to see? But then, it’s boxing, meaning no need to be surprised at the ridiculous.Take a glance at the list of “champions” of the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and it reads like an international roll call. Beyond that, none of them generate so much as an inkling of interest.Perhaps there is one Great African-American Hope to pull us from these boxing doldrums. Middleweight champion Andre Ward, an Olympic gold medalist, has the goods. He’s skilled, humble, tough, smart and charismatic. And he gets it, more so than most.In an interview, he said, “You’ve got to use your brain. When you’re a thinking man’s fighter, sometimes people take that as if you’re a reluctant warrior. But my ultimate goal is to become a master of my sport, where I can control the other man effortlessly.”How can you not feel good about someone who thinks like that? But the problem persists: Who would be his opponent that would energize the masses? Can’t think of one – unless Leonard wants to come out of retirement at age 56.There was time when fathers and sons watched boxing together. It was sort of a rite of passage. Many fights came on free TV on Saturdays, on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. You could actually sit home with your family and see wonderful championship fights.Hardly is there a match worth watching now, much less worth the $59.95 pay-per-view price tag ($69.95 in HD). Many have turned to MMA (mixed martial arts), which is even more barbaric and Stone Age than boxing. That the brutal “sport” could even approach boxing speaks to how hard it has fallen.The top young athletes are eschewing the boxing gym for basketball or football. The fan base that fiends for a revival is discouraged. And the best fight out there cannot get made.Not sure how boxing can get off the mat. The referee is counting.Curtis Bunn is a best-selling novelist and national award-winning sports journalist who has worked at The Washington Times, NY Newsday, The New York Daily News and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A MAN HAS been sentenced to three months in jail because he breached an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) five times.The 34-year-old had been ordered to stay out of the O’Connell Street area for 12 months in February last year because of his involvement in crime.However, he entered the North Earl Street and Abbey Street vicinity at least five times in the 11 months since then.A judge sentenced him to three months in jail yesterday.He is the first person to receive a prison term for this type of offence.An ASBO is a civil order made against a person who is shown to have engaged in any behaviour which causes or is likely to cause one or more persons harassment, significant or persistent alarm, distress, intimidation or fear or significant or persistent impairment of their use or enjoyment of their property.Explainer: Why have just seven ASBOs been issued in Ireland in five years?Read: A gun and six knives were taken from a man who became violent with gardaí
TWIN CAR BOMBINGS have killed at least 46 in central Nigeria in the latest in a series of deadly blasts that will stoke fears about security despite international help in the fight against Boko Haram Islamists.Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan swiftly condemned the attack in the central city of Jos, calling it a “tragic assault on human freedom” and condemning the perpetrators as “cruel and evil”.Committed to winning the war against terror“President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that (the) government remains fully committed to winning the war against terror and… will not be cowed by the atrocities of enemies of human progress and civilisation,” his office said.Forty-five people were also injured in the attack where improvised explosive devices were hidden in a truck and a minibus, according to the military.Most of the victims were women, Pam Ayuba, spokesman for Plateau state governor Jonah Jang, said, while the emergency services said their workers were caught up in the second blast as they attended victims from the first.Boko HaramThe deadly strike and a suicide car bomb attack that killed four in the northern city of Kano on Sunday will raise questions about the government’s grip on the country’s security.The Kano bombing in a predominantly Christian neighbourhood of the ancient city and commercial hub has previously been hit by the Islamist militants, although a political motive has not been ruled out.There was no immediate indication of who was responsible for the latest attacks and the police in Kano said they had arrested two men, but the Boko Haram insurgency is Nigeria’s most pressing security issue.The militants claimed responsibility for an April 14 car bomb attack on a bus station in a suburb of the capital Abuja which killed 75.They are also suspected of carrying out a copy-cat bombing in the same location on May 1 which left 19 dead.Regional co-operationInternational attention has been focused on Nigeria since Boko Haram militants kidnapped 276 schoolgirls from the remote northeastern town of Chibok in Borno state on April 14.Northern Nigeria has been hit by a growing wave of attacks since the start of the insurgency in 2009 and sporadic attacks in Cameroon, Chad and Niger have prompted fears of a regional threat.Regional leaders agreed at a summit in Paris on Saturday to improve their co-operation, including by better surveillance and intelligence sharing, to end the violence.Jonathan said in his statement that the summit was a success and pledged to implement its resolutions as well as existing plans to increase security.He said “every necessary measure” should be taken to find the still 223 missing schoolgirls, and that neighbouring countries would contribute a battalion of troops each to patrol the border region and there would be a crackdown on arms trafficking.In Nigeria, where there have been widespread concerns about the safety of schoolchildren, the police said they were beefing up security at boarding schools to prevent a repeat kidnapping.State of emergency extendedThe blasts in Jos happened after senators in the upper chamber of Nigeria’s parliament gave their unanimous approval for a six-month extension to a state of emergency in three northeast states.Jonathan had requested a continuation of special powers in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa because of what he said was the “daunting” security situation and mounting civilian casualties.The approval came as no surprise, with more than 2,000 people killed this year alone.In approving their request, the senators said they “welcome and endorse the support of the international community” in the search, which includes the United States, Britain, France and Israel.The senators called on Jonathan to expand co-operation to bring an end to the violence.They also called for a “full military operation” to be conducted to crush the insurgents as well as non-military means to tackle the roots of the rebellion in the impoverished north.- © AFP, 2014Read: Abducted schoolgirls: Nigeria says it will talk to Boko Haram>
(Click here if you can’t see the tweet) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Mar 18th 2019, 8:45 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND PSNI officers at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown, Co Tyrone where three young people have died Source: Liam McBurney via PA Images Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Here’s what made the headlines today. No Comments By Hayley Halpin Source: Lana/Twitter Share2 Tweet Email I just had to draw something to calm my nerves #utrecht pic.twitter.com/Tv5SGxN7D8— Lana (@LanaLeesVoer) March 18, 2019 Three teenagers have died and three people are receiving treatment in hospital, after an incident at a hotel in Tyrone yesterday evening.Gardaí have said a body has been found as part of their search for a missing mother-of-three.A man died in a road crash in Tallaght, Dublin this morning. Two men died in a road crash near Carlingford just after 12.30am this morning. An 82-year-old ex-US marine was one to two ex-US servicemen refused bail today concerning an alleged security breach at Shannon Airport yesterday. A new intelligence unit to assess threats to State will be set up by the end of the year, according to the Taoiseach.The Department of Agriculture has launched a tender worth €80,000 for the provision of 75,000 pet passports. Irish Defence Forces members have been honoured for their peacekeeping roles in south Lebanon at a special medal ceremony.INTERNATIONAL Dutch counter terrorism police prepare to enter a house after a shooting incident in Utrecht, Netherlands Source: Peter Dejong via PA Images#UTRECHT: Dutch police have arrested a suspect following a shooting in the city of Utrecht this morning.#BREXIT: The speaker of the House of Commons has said Prime Minister Theresa May cannot have another meaningful vote on the Brexit deal without changes.#WARNER BROS: Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara has stepped down from the studio following claims that he promised roles to an actress with whom he was having an affair.#YELLOW VEST: The top police chief in Paris has been fired following another weekend of rioting in the capital during “yellow vest” protests.PARTING SHOTThree people died following a shooting in the city of Utrecht this morning, according to the Utrecht police chief.One social media user posted an image she drew in response to the attack. Monday 18 Mar 2019, 8:45 PM Get our daily news round up: 12,612 Views https://jrnl.ie/4549059