Organizers: PH lucky boxing wasn’t scrapped from KL meet

first_imgMOST READ Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Charly Suarez, the top bet in the lightweight division, won’t see action in KL unless the Rio de Janeiro Olympian moves up to the light welter class.Without women’s boxing, light fly Josie Gabuco won’t be able to defend her title for the fourth straight time. Gabuco first won during the 2009 edition in Laos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Just by looking at the medal tally in the boxing competition of the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore, it’s not difficult to discern why Malaysian organizers aren’t fond of the combat sport that most Filipinos love.Out of the 11 weight divisions and 44 medals at stake in boxing, Malaysia was the only country which didn’t manage to pluck a single medal.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stintcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Thai teen, Saso dominate Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town As a result, the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 19 to 31 has ditched women’s boxing and men’s weight classes lightweight (60kg) and welterweight (69kg)—categories that Filipinos usually dominate.“Malaysian boxing officials told me that we should still feel good because the entire sport wasn’t scrapped,” said Ed Picson, executive director of the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOnly six weight categories for men—light flyweight (49kg), flyweight (52kg), bantamweight (56kg), light welter (64kg), middleweight (75kg) and heavy (91kg)—have been booked for boxing, a perennial gold mine for the Philippines.The country captured five boxing golds in Singapore. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more

Boxing’s new leader steps into fight to keep Olympic status

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US For the love of the game Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Two deadlines weigh heavily in the AIBA’s near future.A May 22 meeting of the IOC board to assess the inquiry panel’s report could see boxing removed from the Tokyo program, or choose to go ahead outside the AIBA’s control. Bach’s board already decided in November to freeze planning for men’s and women’s boxing tournament in Tokyo and block AIBA officials contacting organizers in Japan.The AIAB could also be formally derecognized by the full IOC membership at their June 24-26 annual meeting in Lausanne.Rakhimov helped negotiate a settlement with the AIBA’s main creditor, in Azerbaijan, before he was formally elected president in November by member federations. That vote triggered an inquiry panel being created by the IOC, which privately warned the AIBA against electing him.Moustahsane stepping into the presidential seat for up to nine months is seen by some skeptics as a tactic to placate the IOC before a Rakhimov return.ADVERTISEMENT Asked if his organization could appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Moustahsane said: “This is not one of our values.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Rakhimov’s status on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list — with alleged links to international heroin trafficking which he denies — is part of an International Olympic Committee inquiry examining boxing’s place on the Tokyo Games program, and the AIBA’s right to run the sport.“Mr. Rakhimov did a great job since he was interim president (in January 2018) and we thank him for that,” Moustahsane told The Associated Press on Friday. “But AIBA is now going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Moroccan doctor said he had not yet met Nenad Lalovic, the IOC executive board member chairing a three-member inquiry, nor the Olympic body’s president Thomas Bach.“We are confident they are working for the best interests of the sport,” Moustahsane said in an interview. MOST READ Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Asked if Rakhimov staying out of office could be a condition of keeping boxing in the Olympics, Moustahsane said: “The IOC have never said that there’s a red line. Mr. Rakhimov stepped aside so we don’t have to discuss this issue now.”The IOC is also concerned about the integrity of some bout results at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the AIBA’s finances.Moustahsane chaired a panel allocating referees and judges to bouts in Rio, though then-AIBA executive director Karim Bouzidi was publicly demoted during those Olympics and took the blame.“We turned the page and saw that there was something to do improve our sport,” Moustahsane said, insisting he saw no wrongdoing in Rio and preferred to look forward rather than “stay on the past.”An offer to clear the AIBA’s reported $16 million debt by its executive committee member Umar Kremlev of Russia was announced last month.“We asked Mr. Kremlev to put this proposal to the (executive committee),” Moustahsane said, adding the AIBA had not asked about the source of the money.The American federal sanctions on Rakhimov have left banks in Switzerland reluctant to do business with the Lausanne-based boxing body.“We are working according to Swiss law and nothing is out of order,” said Moustahsane, who described an AIBA account held in Serbia as “not something important.”Despite the IOC inquiry, the AIBA is still working with around 200 member nations and planning for world championships in Russia. The men’s tournament in September and women’s in October are meant to decide the first Olympic qualifying places.A legal fight would be possible if the IOC decisions go against the AIBA. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ 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 FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Kazakhstan’s Vassiliy Levit, right, fights Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko during a men’s heavyweight 91-kg final boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Boxing Association has as few as six weeks left to save the sport’s place at the 2020 Olympics. Now its new interim president has arrived in the IOC’s home city Lausanne for the final rounds of lobbying. Mohamed Moustahsane is a long-time ringside doctor from Morocco, who praised his predecessor whose alleged links to organized crime helped provoke the crisis in Olympic boxing. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, FIle)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With as few as six weeks left to save boxing’s place at the 2020 Olympics, the governing body’s new interim president is now in the IOC’s home city for the final rounds of lobbying.A long-time ringside doctor, Mohamed Moustahsane stepped into the arena last month as the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) temporary leader after elected president Gafur Rakhimov stepped aside.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mazaruni Prison to house more prisoners from Georgetown

first_imgMore prison blocks are being built at the Mazaruni Prison in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) to facilitate aPresident David Granger and other officals during his visit to the Mazaruni Prisonmassive transfer of prisoners from the Georgetown Prison in an effort to ease the overcrowding at the facility.This was disclosed by President David Granger who was at the time responding to questions posed by media operatives during his weekly telecast ‘The Public Interest’.In light of last month’s deadly prison riot, Government began taking proactive measures towards ensuring there is no repeat of the situation.“The problems will not be resolved unless there is a massive redeployment of prisoners from Georgetown to Mazaruni… Mazaruni has the space and it needs to be reinforced and fortified,” Granger emphasised.In fact, he outlined three basic issues that need to be addressed in order to effect successful reforms to the prison system.UnprofessionalismPresident Granger ranked the second biggest problem contributing to the weakness of the prison service as the staff – their limited numbers and unprofessionalism. He said arrangements are being made to provide these individuals with enhanced training.Returning to the issue of overcrowding, Granger pointed out that it is a consequence of the criminal justice system – an element which the prison service has no control over.“So if the Magistrate remands someone to prison then the prison service is obliged to keep that person,” he explained.Nonetheless, he assured that engagements are ongoing between the executive branch and the judicial branch to examine the sentencing policies to ensure that custodial sentences would be reviewed so that there will not be a huge buildup of persons on remand in the prison.According to the Head of State, it appears that the prisoners on remand are the ones more likely to rebel than those who have been convicted.Contraband tradeAnother issue that needs to be addressed is the smuggling of contraband items into the prison.President Granger indicated that changes in this regard will occur overtime, once the first three problems identified above are addressed fully.“It is impossible for that level of contraband traffic to have occurred without the complicity of a few officers,” he noted.On this note, the Commander-in-Chief said the main purpose of the heightened cordons around the Camp Street facility is to ensure persons no longer throw items over the fence into the prison compound.last_img read more

Moves afoot to open plantain chip factory in Leguan

first_img– Business Ministry opens bidsGovernment has revitalised plans by the previous Administration to open a plantain chip factory in Leguan, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara).The Business Ministry, in a local newspaper advertisement, is inviting interested investors to submit Expressions of Interest along with their business proposal for this undertaking.According to the Government ad, investors should have the capacity to take possession of the property immediately after signing the contract.The size of the property is 8625 square feet and includes machines such as slicing processors, and blanching, and dewatering, frying, de-oiling, seasoning and packaging equipment.The move to establish a plantain chip factory, in order to push the local manufacturing sector, was touted by former President Donald Ramotar in the lead-up to the 2015 General and Regional Elections.The plan to open a plantain chip factory in Leguan was revitalisedRegion Three Vice Chairman Sheik AyubeThis project falls under the previous Administration’s Rural Enterprise Development programme which commenced back in 2014.These projects initially comprised the construction of two call centres – one in Tuschen in Region Three and one in Enmore in Region Four, and two chip factories, one in Leguan and one in the neighbouring island of Wakenaam.When the new Administration assumed office, this much-anticipated initiative was shelved.Just earlier this year, residents were calling on the Government to move ahead with the plan to open the factory to provide jobs for the people on the island.Region Three Vice Chairman Sheik Ayube had noted with concern the apparent neglect of the project.Shortly after their demands, the National Budget 2016 was presented in the National Assembly and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin indicated that the project was back on the cards.He explained that the entire Rural Enterprise Development initiative was put on hold to facilitate a review.Gaskin announced that as a result of the review, Government decided on some modifications and will complete three of the four projects that were begun under the initiative.He noted that the building earmarked in Leguan for the factory was constructed with no consideration for how either “a person or a plantain” could get from the main roadway into the factory when it became operational.Nonetheless, he said this would be addressed by Government.With regard to the development of a plantain chip factory in Wakenaam, the Business Minister said Government was unable to proceed with that aspect of the plan because the area in question was prone to flooding and erosion, and therefore posed a risk to the entire operation.Meanwhile, the Business Ministry is also moving apace to open the call centre in Enmore.An invitation for bids is being advertised for the completion of phase two for the call centre, which would include building works and the construction of external works along with facility.last_img read more

Ex-fugitive admits to Goed Fortuin man’s 2008 killing

first_imgWith just days from the ninth anniversary of the brutal stabbing to death of former Goed Fortuin resident Kenneth Allen, his killer has finally admitted to the crime.Kendall Skeete appeared before Justice James Bovell-Drakes at the High Court in Georgetown on Tuesday, and pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter for Allen’s October 15, 2008 stabbing.The accused Kendall Skeete will know his fate on October 16Skeete was on the run for seven years before being nabbed on May 21, 2015. He was also one of the prisoners who had, in July 2017, escaped from the Lusignan prison via a dug-out hole, before he was recaptured by police on July 26 at Wismar, Linden.Reports back then were that, at about 20:30 hrs on the day in question, Allen, a father of three, had intervened when Skeete and a group of men were robbing and assaulting another man in Goed Fortuin. The men, however, turned on Allen and braced him into the fence. It was then that Skeete pulled out a long shiny object from behind his back and stabbed Allen several times to his heart and lungs.The cause of Allen’s death was given as perforation of the heart and lungs via the stab wounds at the two parts of the body, and State Prosecutor Mandell Moore told the court on Tuesday that the Post-Mortem Examination (PME) on the deceased was conducted on the very day that Allen had met his demise. Moore also revealed that Allen, a mason and carpenter, had died at the West Demerara Regional Hospital, where he had been rushed after he was stabbed.Skeete will know his fate in two weeks, after a probation report is submitted to the court. Justice Bovell-Drakes set his sentencing for October 16.He was represented by defence counsel Pamela De Santos, while State Counsel Orinthia Schmidt assisted the Prosecution’s case.last_img read more

Arsene: ‘I have no regrets for pushing him’

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, October 6-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he has nothing to apologise for following a shoving match with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho on Sunday.The two London clubs squared off at Stamford Bridge this weekend, where Eden Hazard’s first-half penalty and a Diego Costa goal after the break handed the Blues a 2-0 win to take them five points clear at the top of the Premier League. The highly volatile encounter was not without its moments of menace, either, when the opposing managers came face-to-face in the dugout after Gary Cahill had fouled Alexis Sanchez.Mourinho appeared to grab Wenger’s tie before the Frenchman retaliated by shoving the Portuguese tactician, with the pair then exchanging heated words.When asked about his actions, Wenger said: “I don’t regret it. What is there to regret? I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me before B without any sign of welcome.“B was Sanchez, to see how badly he was injured. Honestly, I don’t listen to what he says. You could see if I really try to push. Come on.”Looking back over the incident which sparked the row, Wenger said: “A red card for Cahill wouldn’t surprise you if you watched it again. I went to Sanchez to see how badly he was injured.“Oscar was lucky to stay on the pitch with his repeated fouling and he was only booked in the 88th minute. He was purposely fouling. Then there is Ivanovic as well with bad fouls, but it’s down to the referee, not to me.“I trust you will all teach me the moral lessons over the next two weeks and I can accept that. I am long enough in the game to see things the right way. I don’t listen to what Mourinho says.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Don’t invest before you investigate

first_img Having a comprehensive plan to determine how much they need to save for retirement, something only 52 percent said they have (I doubt so many actually do). Avoiding over-reliance on Social Security (37 percent are relying heavily on it, suggesting they have not or will not have saved enough). Understanding that a sudden windfall, such as an inheritance, insurance settlement or winning the lottery, is not the most likely way for a young person to build a large nest egg. Just 58 percent realize that the surest way a 25-year-old can accumulate at least $500,000 for retirement is to invest regularly in stocks. Assuming a compounded return of 8 percent a year – less than the historical average for stocks – I calculated that a 25-year-old investing $125 a month would have amassed $515,000 by age 67. Understanding that stocks have delivered greater returns over the past 20 years than savings accounts or certificates of deposit. Only 56 percent knew that. Checking out financial advisers. Two-thirds of investors who use a broker, investment adviser or financial planner have not checked their credentials or disciplinary record with their state securities regulators (see Web site, the Securities and Exchange Commission ( or NASD (formerly National Association of Securities Dealers ( (For financial planners, I would add Knowing how to avoid scams. The “new fuel-cell technology” and “options trading system” are actual swindles featured on the current season of MoneyTrack.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Say somebody at your church or place of work tells you about these “can’t lose” investment opportunities: One is a new fuel-cell technology to allow cars to run on tap water. Another is an options-trading system guaranteed to at least double your money. The third is a company with a new laser that kills lung-cancer cells in smokers. Your best bet? Steer clear and report the matter to securities regulators. Cockamamie schemes like these are typical of investment scams often promoted by people you may trust, such as co-workers or fellow church members who may have been duped themselves. “Remember: Investigate before you invest, no matter who is selling,” advises Joseph Berg, president of the North American Securities Administrators Association, an organization of state regulators. “An investment that sounds too good to be true usually is.” Yet, 43 percent of American investors in a recent survey said they would likely put their money in at least one of these three “opportunities.” “The fact that this number is so high among investors who ought to know better is quite revealing,” concludes The Money Track/IPT Investing Secrets Survey, a study conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for the MoneyTrack public television series (check your PBS station for listings) and the not-for-profit Investor Protection Trust (Web site Among 1,255 Americans 18 and over who said they decide on household investments, a measly 1 percent appear to understand or put to use eight investment basics covered in the survey. They are: How compound interest works, with your interest earning more interest. For example, 58 percent of investors preferred to receive $1 million rather than a penny that doubles in value every day for 30 days. But that penny would grow to nearly $5.4 million! The meaning of diversification. Only 39 percent understood it involves balancing risk and return. last_img read more

Crawford eyeing City Council post

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Eastside School District Board President Janette Crawford announced Friday her candidacy for Lancaster City Council. Standing in front of the Lancaster National Soccer Center, the site of her childhood home, Crawford said she is proven leader. Crawford cited her 10 years on the Eastside board, her work with the Lancaster West Rotary Club, the city’s crime task force, and the Antelope Valley illegal dumping committee as examples of her civic involvement. “I am not afraid to step up and work hard to get the job done,” Crawford said. “I am a team player. I’ve known the other members of the council for many years. I know I can work with them.” center_img Crawford deferred discussing issues, saying she will wait until the candidate forums begin before discussing them. “I will not be discussing specific issues at this time except to say that I feel we need a balance between building our industrial base and bringing in more restaurants and retail shopping into our city,” Crawford said. “I will also tackle the issue of having areas outside of our valley dump registered sex offenders into our community.” Crawford made her announcement just a couple of days before she leaves on a three-week trip to India as part of a Rotary delegation. The filing period for the April 11 election was to end Friday. However, the filing period was extended to Jan. 18 because two incumbents did not file to run for re-election. Mayor Frank Roberts decided not to run for re-election and Vice Mayor Henry Hearns has chosen to run for mayor instead of his council post. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 last_img read more

Suspect in Quizno’s stabbing arrested

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office issued a criminal complaint against Jesse Parson, 20, of Whittier. He faces charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. McLellan, 35, of Whittier was stabbed in the torso, and was in critical condition Wednesday when paramedics flew him by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He was in critical condition for several days, said detectives. He was still in the hospital Monday, but his condition was upgraded to stable, said Whittier police detective Diana Salazar. McLellan was stabbed at about 4:15 p.m. Wednesday on Greenleaf Avenue outside Quizno’s. A street fair was under way on the same block, and hundreds of people were shopping in the area. Ovsepyan said she called police immediately after McLellan came into the shop and collapsed on the floor. WHITTIER – Edward McLellan stumbled inside an Uptown Whittier Quizno’s on April 26. “I need help,” Quizno’s owner Maryam Ovsepyan remembers him saying. “\ been stabbed. Call 9-1-1.” On Monday, a suspect in the stabbing was arrested. A racially-motivated argument may have been the motive, said detectives. “We grabbed the phone and called right away,” said Ovsepyan. “The police came. Thank God, they saved his life.” Police blocked off Greenleaf Avenue from Philadelphia Avenue to Bailey Street for more than an hour as they investigated the scene. Police said McLellan was unconscious when they arrived. The motive for the stabbing may have been racial, said police. McLellan is white and Parson is African American. “Apparently, there were racial epithets said back and forth,” said Salazar. According to court records, McLellan has been convicted of vandalism, drinking in public, possession of controlled substances and other crimes. Detectives said Parson also has a criminal history. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

State commits to reforms in juvenile justice housing

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – California will have to revamp the way it incarcerates juvenile offenders by using smaller and more modern lockups to replace the warehouse-style prisons it currently uses, according to a court-mandated report from the state corrections department. The report marks a compromise between the state and a nonprofit legal center and is the latest indication of how attempts to solve systematic problems in the state’s corrections department will end up costing California taxpayers. The state already faces hundreds of millions of dollars in additional costs to reform its adult prison system and the way it manages inmate health care. The juvenile reforms stem from a lawsuit filed in 2003 by the San Francisco-based Prison Law Office. The nonprofit alleged that California’s youth prisons are plagued by overcrowding and violence, with wards routinely locked in cages and staff members administering prescription drugs more commonly than counseling. In a settlement filed this week in Alameda County Superior Court, the Division of Juvenile Justice committed to a four-year plan to change the way it houses and treats young criminals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The state committed to housing no more than 38 wards in any of its housing units, some of which were designed to hold 70, said Bernard Warner, chief of the juvenile division of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Other immediate changes include new treatment programs for wards, training for employees to reduce the use of force and the level of violence, and programs to help wards integrate back into society before they are released.last_img read more