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GBA still fighting for safe return of boxers

first_imgThe Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will continue to do all in its power to repatriate the four boxers who have been stranded for almost three months in Cuba. In a GBA press release to the media yesterday it was noted…“Today marks the 87th day that Colin Keevin Allicock, Colin Lewis, Desmond Amsterdam and Dennis Thomas are stranded in Cuba. The Guyana Boxing Association continues to do all within its power to have the quartet returned home the earliest possible time.” The release went on to state that “The association has even sought the assistance of local aviation savant Captain, Jerry Gouveia who willingly offered advice. Although approved to return home, the boxers face another hurdle as there are no approved flights to bring them back home. The GBA understands that over a week ago Caribbean Airlines had written to the COVID-19 Task Force seeking clearance to for a flight to several Caribbean islands to bring in stranded Guyanese. A response is awaited. The GBA will continue to do all in its power to have the earliest and safe return of the boxers.”last_img read more

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Tillerson to North Korea: ‘We’re ready’ to meet ‘without precondition’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) —  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. is “ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk … without precondition,” in a surprising change for a member of the Trump administration.  The offer to North Korea comes amid crippling sanctions on the country and high tension over its nuclear weapons program — and just after another intercontinental ballistic missile test just two weeks ago.“Let’s just meet and we can talk about the weather if you want. We can talk about whether it’s going to be a square table or a round table if that’s what you’re excited about,” Tillerson said at the Atlantic Council in Washington Tuesday. “But can we at least sit down and see each other face to face and then we can begin to lay out a map, a roadmap of what we might be willing to work toward?”The new message stands in contrast to President Donald Trump’s warnings that talks have failed and that Tillerson was wasting his time – another sign of policy difference between the president and his top diplomat.But it also is a shift from Tillerson’s own previous comments that the U.S. would not negotiate its way to the negotiating table with North Korea and that it would only talk once the regime was ready to address its denuclearization.Tillerson added later, “If there was any condition at all to this is that, ‘Look, it’s going to be tough to talk if in the middle of our talks you decide to test another device.’” There needed to be a “period of quiet,” he said, “or it’s going to be very difficult to have productive discussions.”Tillerson didn’t outline any timelines or metrics for how long that period should be.This shift — removing the commitment to denuclearize as a precondition to talking — was also a practical idea, according to Tillerson. “It’s not realistic to say we’re only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program. They have too much invested in it,” he said.“The president is very realistic about that as well,” he added, although Trump has tweeted the opposite before — arguing that talks will not work.“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” he tweeted on Oct. 7. “… [It] hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”It was unclear then what the “one thing” was.Still, the final goal for the administration has not changed, with the ultimate objective continuing to be the complete and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula — and Tillerson said he remains optimistic diplomatic efforts can achieve that. He said Trump is calling on China to cut off the flow of oil to North Korea to accelerate that effort.Tillerson also addressed the U.S.’s relationship with China amid the tension with North Korea. He said the two countries have had talks about how to secure North Korea’s nuclear weapons in the event of the regime’s collapse — with the U.S. reassuring China that it would retreat back below the 38th parallel that divides North and South Korea if it ever had to invade the North.The Chinese are also working on their own contingency plans to deal with a massive flow of North Korean refugees into China if the regime fell apart, Tillerson said.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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Is WWE making a mistake extending NXT to two hours?

first_imgOn Wednesday night, WWE’s third brand, NXT, will become a two-hour program. The first hour will take place on the USA Network at 8 p.m. ET., followed by the WWE network for the second hour. Going forward starting Oct. 2, both hours will be on the USA Network.Expectations are high for the show. WWE executive vice president and the godfather of NXT, Paul “Triple H” Levesque calls NXT the “alternative style,” which is what a lot of fans prefer to what they see on WWE’s two flagship shows Raw and Smackdown. But in recent years, the man wrestling pundits and fans have labeled a genius seems to have lost his Midas touch. Failing to create new stars and ideas — plus being out of touch with today’s fans — has led to ratings to tumble 14 percent on Raw and Smackdown year-over-year.The one consensus people have been positive about in regard to WWE is NXT. Levesque’s ability and vision of how wrestling should be presented is what has continued to make NXT stand out ahead of everything else in the company.But as long as the heart of the 74-year-old chairman is beating, he will be involved. Hopefully, the son-in-law of the “czar of wrestling” will be able to thwart him so NXT can have a real chance of succeeding. While there’s good to come with the move, there may also be some bad. Sporting News takes a look at the advantages — and disadvantages — of WWE moving NXT to two hours on the USA Network.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAdvantages for WWE NXTConstant promotion from Monday Night Raw For the last five years, NXT has been exclusive to the WWE Network. As of July 25, the streaming service had 1.69 million subscribers. It is  consistently the top-rated show, but how many watch weekly is unknown. That changes on Wednesday.WWE has been promoting the show hard on its flagship station show. Last Monday, Raw averaged 2.12 million viewers; this past week’s show did 2.27 million. That’s not to say NXT is going to hit the mark or come close to the rating Raw draws. But promotion via commercials and in-broadcast discussions is going to make people more aware of NXT.Everyone who watches Raw isn’t watching NXT every week, but letting people at least see what the show is all about will allow them to make their decision on whether they will tune in every Wednesday night.Talent is going to get more opportunitiesBefore this switch, NXT had been a one-hour weekly show. You could only get so many people on the show in that timeframe.Many talented people are in the NXT system who haven’t been getting opportunities because of the old format, such as Keith Lee and Donovan Dijakovic. Now that changes. Will everyone on the NXT roster get to be on the show each week? No. But more people will get more chances to shine with time. The odds now increase of more stars being created, which in turn helps the company and the wrestlers down the line. Disadvantages for WWE NXT  Wrestling each week at the same arena. Full Sail University has been the home base for NXT since the beginning. The intimate venue where tapings have been held seats around 400. But conducting each show there weekly is going to be challenging; fans are going to experience fatigue from seeing the same thing each week. That won’t come across well to TV viewers, who will likely decide whether to continue watching based on the venue and a small, in-person crowd that might not be able to get excited for what’s right in front of them. It would be much easier for viewers to turn to TNT with All Elite Wrestling, where it will have crowds of 5,000-10,000 people every week.At some point, WWE is going to have to leave Full Sail and tour each Wednesday around the country to expose people to NXT if it wants to keep its product fresh. If they don’t do that, then people will stay with AEW and never turn back to them.Vince McMahonWhile Levesque made it clear this week that McMahon won’t have a say on what happens of each show, it’s tough to believe that will hold for the long haul. It’s Vince McMahon: WWE is his company, and he has his fingerprints on everything involving the organization. And there’s nothing wrong with that. He has put his blood, sweat, and tears into the WWE for more than 40 years.last_img read more

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“There’s no point in going to any international event for any of the archers”-…

first_imgAdvertisement babwzNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3s5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Elhe( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ho8u0Would you ever consider trying this?😱7sCan your students do this? 🌚1xiRoller skating! Powered by Firework Rajat Chauhan, along with Abhishek Verma and Sandeep Kumar, etched their names in the history books when they struck gold at the 2014 Asian Games in the Men’s compound archery team event. Little did he know that the gold would hold little to no significance in his archery career and life later on.Advertisement Rajat Chauhan in action during the 2014 Asian GamesThe sports ministry of India derecognized AAI after it violated the age and tenure restrictions prescribed in the sports code in 2012. “There’s no point in going to any international event for any of the archers because you don’t get to represent your country. Not having the Indian tag will mean the government won’t consider in the TOP scheme list anymore and won’t bear any of our traveling expense. It will probably end our future in archery,” said the Arjuna awardee.Rajat’s harrowing journey has not only derailed his archery career but also spelled trouble for his personal life. “The derecognition of the AAI already makes it difficult for me to find sponsors, now if I also don’t get to represent India then I probably will never get the job that I have been promised by my state government (Rajasthan).”Advertisement Rajat Chauhan’s scenario from winning laurels for the tricolor to not being able to get a promised government job shows the sad truth of archery in India. Let’s hope that things sort out in the future and talented archers in India like Rajat Chauhan don’t have to suffer the same fate.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Shave empties pockets for Pete

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN AMANDA Hawker and her daughter-in-law Bec Hawker might be able to feel the cold a bit more…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Commuters endure truck squeeze

first_imgBy Rowan Forster The glaring absence of a freight hub is exacerbating gridlock congestion in Melbourne’s south-east, forcing commuters to squeeze through bottlenecks…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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‘Wasp’ Gardner vs Dave Leblond Contender bout tentatively off

first_imgTeam Canada’s Dave ‘Fast and Furious’ Leblond and his technical team have said that there will be no boxing match between him and Jamaican Michael ‘Wasp’ Gardener in the Wray and Nephew Contender Series tomorrow night. This is because Gardener weighed 151lbs at today’s weigh-in ahead of tomorrow’s bout. On Saturday, Team Canada promoter Tyler Buxton told The Gleaner that his boxers have said they will not allow their opponents to continue showing up for fights overweight and compete while surrendering what is considered a small fraction of their match purse for the night. With the competition being contested in the welterweight division, fighters cannot be over 147lbs, however, it is understood that at yesterday’s pre-weigh-in, Gardener registered 154lbs on the scale, and after losing three pounds since, he could not get rid of the further four pounds needed within the two hours he was given after weighing this afternoon. Gardener’s trainer, Castro Brown, confirmed that the fighter had been overweight, but told The Gleaner that the fight was still on as negotiations took place and the issue was settled. However, Buxton refuted these claims, saying no such agreement had been reached. Contender promoter Mark Kenny declined to comment on the matter when contacted.last_img read more

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KRU chairmanship elections set for March 22

first_imgLast in the agenda will be the election of the Chairman and four board members, the appointment of auditors for the forthcoming year as well as the appointment of additional members of the appeals council pursuant to Section 11 of the KRU constitution.Incumbent Chairman Richard Omwela as well as Directors Ian Mugambi, Rajinder Sembi and Oscar Mango are up for re-election having served a first two year term while Paula Lanco retires after serving two consecutive terms.Sembi has announced that he will be running for the chairmanship post where he will be looking to oust incumbent Omwela who has served for two years and is up for re-election.Sembi has been serving in the development committee that is chaired by KRU vice-chairman Thomas Opiyo and maintains he will continue focusing on the development even when elected.Apart from Omwela, Sembi will be facing former KRU vice-chairman Sasha Mutai who has also shown interest in the position.-Additional report from Raga House-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Rugby Union boss Richard Omwela will be seeking re-election. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 27 – The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) Annual General Meeting will take place March 22 at the RFUEA Ground.Key on the day’s agenda will be receipt and consideration of the KRU Board Report for the past year, receipt and consideration of the balance sheet and statement of accounts for the past year.last_img read more

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PSG poised to land Toulouse defender after Arsenal drop interest

first_img1 Paris Saint-Germain have launched a move for sought-after Ivory Coast star Serge Aurier, according to sources in France.Three Premier League clubs have been in pursuit of the 21-year-old, with QPR and Swansea City currently chasing his signature, but Arsenal have cooled their interest as they close in on Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy.PSG are also keen on the full-back, who scored six goals and set up six more in Ligue 1 last term, and have submitted an offer to his current club Toulouse.The French champions are keen to get the business done as quickly as possible and want a response from Toulouse before next Wednesday.Aurier played for his national side at the World Cup and set up two goals in their 2-1 win over Japan in the group stage. Serge Aurier [right] in action for Ivory Coast at the World Cup last_img read more

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Saints boss wants Van Dijk to ‘stay for two or three years’ amid PL interest

first_img1 Claude Puel insists Southampton can resist whatever cash is waved in front of them for Virgil van Dijk next month.Manchester City are reportedly weighing up an eye-watering £50million bid for the Dutch defender when the transfer window opens.That would represent a huge profit on the £13m Saints paid Celtic for Van Dijk in September 2015, and the south-coast club have had form for selling their star players in recent years.But Puel says Southampton have no need to cash in on 25-year-old Van Dijk, who signed a new six-year contract at St Mary’s in May.“I think, for example, for Virgil the price will be the same in two or three years,” said the Saints boss.“He can stay for two or three years with us. He’s an important player for the team.“Also, along with Jose Fonte and Steven Davis, he is a captain of the team. He has a good personality, strong character, quality, and of course he will stay with us.”City have struggled defensively this season, keeping just three clean sheets in 17 games, and City chief Pep Guardiola is keen to strengthen his back four to enhance their title challenge.But Puel also has ambitions towards the top of the Premier League table with Saints currently seventh and eyeing another tilt at the Europa League at the very least.“Of course we would like another season with the possibility to play those games,” he added.“It’s very interesting and different from the Premier League. We were unlucky with our European campaign this season and want to find other possibilities to play those games, and the best possibility is via the Premier League.“It’s a good challenge for us. We know now all the opponents in the Premier League and if we can play against these teams at a good level then we have the chance to stay ambitious in the second half of the season.” Virgil van Dijk has been linked with a number of Europe’s biggest clubs last_img read more

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