Fighting is family affair for Golovkin

first_img“Nobody knows about it because camp is always closed,” Max Golovkin said. “No one knows how dedicated and focused and concentrated he is.”Max knows Gennady better than anyone. They had an older brother, Vadim, who helped introduce them to the sport and another brother, Sergey, who took time to work with them as well.Two brothers diedTragically both brothers were killed in separate incidents during Russian government service.The funeral for Vadim, who died first, was held with an empty casket. The family is still trying to find out the details of what happened.Gennady named his first child, a boy, Vadim. Max is also on Gennady’s mind when he fights. The family didn’t have much money so when Gennady turned 18 he was the one they picked to pursue a boxing career.“They chose Gennady should continue his career,” Max said.When you consider Gennady’s difficult journey to the pinnacle of his profession it is easy to see why he insists on taking nothing for granted.They say styles make fights and this one has the ingredients to be the start of a special rivalry. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Pelicans add free agent Tony Allen Boxer Gennady Golovkin poses on the scales during a weigh-in with Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. / AFP PHOTO / John GURZINSKIGennady Golovkin has travelled the globe winning boxing matches in 22 cities and seven different countries to earn his Las Vegas debut on Saturday.The 35-year-old Golovkin has waited years for the arrival of this career-defining superfight against Mexico’s biggest star Canelo Alvarez.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES When reporters asked him on Wednesday about the birth of his second child, which happened last Friday, he said, “Please don’t ask me about my family. I am just focused on boxing.” His boxing career started in his native Kazakhstan. Growing up in a family of four boys, if he wasn’t scrapping with his brothers at home he was fighting much older and bigger kids in the streets.He had his first professional fight in 2006 at age 24 after a superb amateur career which included a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. His fought in Germany and Denmark before joining forces with trainer Abel Sanchez who taught him how to maximize his strengths.Sanchez and Golovkin teamed up for fights in Panama, Kazakhstan, Germany and Ukraine before Golovkin made his US debut in 2012.Golovkin’s twin brother, Max, said Gennady is a very private person.ADVERTISEMENT Alvarez insisted on a rematch clause for the fight which some are hoping is the beginning of boxing’s newest trilogy series like Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera and Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti.Golovkin says he’s willing to take on all comers and can’t wait to get into the ring with Canelo, comparing the excitement to being with a new lover.“It is like you are going with your new girlfriend. Oh yeah,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fightIt is also the three-belt champion’s first fight in Las Vegas and it fittingly comes against the toughest opponent he has ever faced in a career which has been defined by a steady jab and explosive knockout power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The biggest day is coming,” Golovkin said. “This is my game. My fight, I am the boss. I am the champion.”That was a mouthful from Golovkin. All week long during the build up to Saturday’s fight at the T-Mobile Arena for middleweight supremacy, the reserved Golovkin has said he prefers doing his talking in the ring. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

Ready for any inquiry including judicial probe: Kalmadi

first_imgCommonwealth Games organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Thursday reiterated that he is ready to face any inquiry including a judicial probe in the alleged financial irregularities in the preparation of the ensuing October 3-14 Delhi mega-event.”I am ready to face any inquiry including a judicial probe,” Kalmadi told reporters, while denying any wrong doing on his part as OC Chairman.Kalmadi said the OC was concerned only with the allocation of Rs 16OO crore towards cost of the Games and not with the funds of Rs 40,000 provided for the infrastructure.”Kalmadi has no powers and all decisions are taken unanimously”, he said.Suresh Kalmadi with CWG mascot Shera.He said although he was monitoring, “infrastructure is not my business and I have not given any tender”.The CVC report comments pertained to construction part of the Games and the OC, he said.A 15-member committee including recent addition of an Under Secretary, Finance, was involved in the decision making process for the conduct of the Games, he added.Asked as to why many equipment was bought from abroad for the Games, he said it was done to ensure world class standards of everything that is used for CWG.To a question, he said although Sharad Pawar was keen on offering funds to CWG, BCCI could not do so because of “tax problems”.When his attention was drawn to Maharashtra finance minister Sunil Tatkare’s recent statement that the state government would go in for fresh audit of the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) held in Pune if it did not get full details of the government funds spent the event, Kalmadi said “I am open to any audit. We have submitted all details”.advertisementKalmadi welcomed the Queen’s baton relay in the city on Thursday handing it to Pune Mayor Mohansigh Rajpal for onward journey after it arrived here from Satara.last_img read more

Pak mulls law to ban calling Muslims from other sects as kafir

first_imgFrom Sajjad Hussain Islamabad, Sep 10 (PTI) Seeking to combat growing sectarian violence, Pakistan today said it plans to bring a legislation to ban declaring Muslims of other sects as kafirs or infidels. In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the countrys top civil-military leadership also approved a nationwide crackdown against financiers of sectarian violence that has claimed many lives in the past. Sources privy to the meeting said the new legislation to ban Takfir or declaring Muslims of other sects as kafirs was discussed during the meeting held to review the progress of National Action Plan (NAP) – the countrys 20-point counterterrorism strategy adopted earlier this year to eliminate extremism and militancy. The meeting was attended by army chief General Raheel Sharif, federal ministers, provincial representatives and other high-level military and civilian officials. “There will be no tolerance for calling each other infidel or liable to be killed,” interior minister Nisar Ali Khan said while briefing the reporters after the meeting. “We will take strict action against those involve in sectarianism. We will not let anyone designate or declare other as kafirs. “There is a very thin line between sectarianism and terrorism. They both go hand-in-hand,” he said. The minister added: “It was unanimously decided during todays meeting of the countrys top civil-military leadership that elements challenging the writ of the state would be eliminated.” Takfir is common practice as various Muslim groups openly term followers of other sects as kafirs. It is often used by hardline Sunni groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi against Shia Muslims who have been repeatedly targeted in Pakistan. Since 1989, over 5,000 civilians have lost their lives in sectarian attacks in Pakistan, according to reports. After the formation of NAP, terrorism-related instability dwindled but incidents related to sectarian violence have surged. “The purpose of the new law is to ban sectarianism and come down hard on financiers of sectarian violence in the country,” The Express Tribune reported, quoting an official monitoring progress on the NAP. Khan said that a cyber-crime bill would soon be presented in the parliament for legislation against misuse of internet and cyber space. PTI SH ZH SAI AKJ SAIadvertisementlast_img read more

FIFA President Infantino is Only Candidate for Election

first_imgZURICH (AP) — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is set to serve four more years as the leader of soccer’s governing body as the only candidate for election.Infantino had the required nomination letters from five of the 211 member federations when the deadline passed at midnight Tuesday in Zurich, FIFA said Wednesday.Infantino must now pass the formality of eligibility and integrity checks for the election on June 5 in Paris.The 48-year-old Swiss lawyer has been widely expected to win unopposed with support already pledged by most FIFA members, including through their continental governing bodies such as North America’s CONCACAF and South America’s CONMEBOL.Since being elected in February 2016, Infantino oversaw expanding the World Cup to 48 teams in 2026, and picking the United States, Canada and Mexico to co-host it.He is completing the term of Sepp Blatter, who announced his resignation plan days after American and Swiss prosecutors revealed sweeping investigations of corruption in soccer in May 2015. Blatter was later banned by the FIFA ethics committee for financial irregularities along with Michel Platini, Infantino’s former boss at UEFA.The main event of Infantino’s first full mandate is the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.FIFA is still studying if that tournament — being played for the first time in November and December — could also be expanded to 48 teams. It would require Qatar agreeing to share hosting duties with regional neighbors because the gas-rich emirate does not have stadiums and infrastructure to cope with the extra games and teams.Infantino has acknowledged the 2022 tournament is unlikely to be changed amid the region’s current diplomatic tensions. A decision could be taken by the FIFA Council in Miami next month to honor Qatar’s original hosting plan.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Watch Guide: Week 13

first_imgWeek 13 and Oklahoma State has its second bye week of the season. I’m thankful for that as the stress is low and the consumption of other games high. There is still plenty to keep an eye on if you’re an OSU fan though as Washington and Washington State play a very important game in Pullman on Friday (Go Coogs!) And Ohio State and Michigan play the most talked about* college football game in history.*by ESPNThanks as always to Ryan Hartwig for his work.Weekend Watch Guide: Week 13If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Report: Hamburg 0 Dortmund 3

first_imgHamburg 0 Borussia Dortmund 3: Bosz’s men cruise back to Bundesliga summit Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 04:29 21/9/2017 aubameyang-cropped Bongarts Borussia Dortmund eased to a 3-0 win over Hamburg at Volksparkstadion on Wednesday with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang among the scorers. Shinji Kagawa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Christian Pulisic grabbed the goals as Borussia Dortmund crushed Hamburg 3-0 to move back to the top of the Bundesliga.Peter Bosz’s men have started the season impressively and continued their fine form on Wednesday, as they kept a fifth successive clean sheet, a feat they have never managed at the beginning of a Bundesliga campaign before.Dortmund were particularly good in the first half and, after wasting a couple of fine chances, deservedly took the lead through Kagawa – the Japan international making the most of his first Bundesliga start of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Dortmund sat back after the break, inviting pressure, and that tactic worked like a charm, as Aubameyang finished off a swift break just after the hour to continue his tormenting of Hamburg with what was his ninth goal in as many games against them.9 – @Aubameyang7 ( @BVB ) scored 9 goals in 9 #Bundesliga games against HSV – more than against any other BL team. Scorer. #HSVBVB — OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) September 20, 2017 The lively Pulisic then wrapped things up with 10 minutes to go, rounding off a well-worked move as Hamburg were left on the end of a comprehensive defeat in their own stadium.It took Dortmund’s attack seven minutes to create the first opening, Aubameyang and Pulisic dazzling the Hamburg defence, before the American sent a controlled effort just wide of the bottom-left corner.Andriy Yarmolenko then got involved, cutting inside and crossing for Aubameyang to send a glancing header on to the right-hand post.Dortmund’s dominant start eventually bore fruit in the 24th minute.Yarmolenko’s free-kick found Omer Toprak, who nodded it down for Kagawa and he kept his cool before smashing past Christian Mathenia.That goal seemed to spark Hamburg into life and they almost equalised just after the half-hour mark – Andre Hahn forcing Roman Burki into a smart save after good work from Lewis Holtby.But they rode their luck again twice in quick succession shortly after, as Pulisic tested Mathenia inside the area, before the goalkeeper saved Mergim Mavraj from an embarrassing own-goal by tipping his header over following another wicked Yarmolenko delivery.#läuft. #hsvbvb 0-3 pic.twitter.com/K8G4kBKehG— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) September 20, 2017Hamburg looked a little more positive early in the second half and they almost levelled in the 54th minute, but Mavraj blasted his effort into the side-netting from eight yards after Dortmund failed to clear a corner.The home side’s switch to a more attack-minded approach ultimately proved their undoing in the 63rd minute, however.Dortmund caught Hamburg on the counter and Yarmolenko’s eventual shot was scuffed into the path of Aubameyang, who tapped it in from close range.The match was put completely beyond Hamburg in the 79th minute, as Pulisic collected Mahmoud Dahoud’s cut-back, strode past a challenge and confidently swept home to round off an impressive Dortmund performance.Key Opta stats:- Dortmund’s Peter Bosz became the first manager in Bundesliga history to see his side keep a clean sheet in each of his first five games in charge.- That run of five clean sheets in a row equals the longest in Dortmund’s BL history – the last time they managed this was in 1994.- Christian Pulisic’s goal was the 3000th goal in Dortmund’s BL history. read morelast_img read more

Photo: Nebraska Students Wearing Protective Goggles To Mock Notorious Iowa Eye Poker Adam Woodbury

first_imgNebraska students wear goggles to mock Adam Woodbury.Don’t even think about poking the Nebraska men’s basketball student section in the eye today, Adam Woodbury. The Huskers have come prepared. In an obvious attempt to mock the Iowa big man, a notorious eye gouger, three Nebraska students are sporting protective eye goggles for the Huskers’ game against the Hawkeyes this afternoon. Check it out: Students in the @HuskerRedZone wearing protective goggles today, just in case Adam Woodbury gets too close. pic.twitter.com/bYM6rnpAGH— Robin Washut (@RobinWashut) February 22, 2015That’s just fantastic. Nebraska (13-13, 5-9 Big Ten) and Iowa (16-10, 7-6 Big Ten) are set to tip off at 3 p.m. E.T. The Huskers will be wearing special throwback uniforms for Legends Weekend.last_img

A Member Of The 2010 Auburn National Title Team Has Passed Away

first_img It is with a heavy heart that we ask our Blue Eagle Community to lift in prayer the family of Jamar Travis. He was a…Posted by W. S. Neal Football on Saturday, August 10, 2019Travis was part of Auburn’s 2010 national title team that was led by quarterback Cam Newton. The Tigers knocked off Oregon in the championship game.Auburn has yet to release a statement on Travis’ passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with Travis’ family and friends.[AL.com] an overview of auburn's jordan-hare stadiumAUBURN, AL – SEPTEMBER 15: A general view of Jordan-Hare Stadium during the game between the Auburn Tigers and the LSU Tigers on September 15, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Former Auburn player Jamar Travis, who was part of the team’s 2010 national championship run, has reportedly passed away. The cause of death has yet to be released.Travis played high school football at W.S. Neal High School before committing to Auburn in 2009. His high school program confirmed his death on Facebook on Saturday afternoon.“It is with a heavy heart that we ask our Blue Eagle Community to lift in prayer the family of Jamar Travis. He was a Humble, Respectful Teammate and made us all proud! He was a member of the 2010 Auburn Football National Championship Team and always remembered where his roots were planted. He will be missed by so many.”Travis was a four-star recruit who served as a backup and a special teams player during his Auburn career.last_img read more

Barbers of the Future May Offer a Trim, Shampoo, and Graphene Infusion

first_img The 100% Biodegradable Vollebak T-Shirt Is Made From Plants and Algae Jiaxing Huang/Northwestern UniversityJiaxing Huang/Northwestern UniversityScientific advances take many forms, from the mundane to game-changing. There are those that make us marvel at the physical world and those that make us wonder what researchers will think of next. Consider this an example of the latter.Scientists from Northwestern University have found yet another possible application for the atom-thick “wonder material” graphene — as a hair dye. But this isn’t just any old cuticle-stripping dye. According to a study published this week in the journal Chem, graphene can be used to develop a non-toxic and anti-static hair dye, capable of altering color without chemically affecting hair.“​We demonstrated the use of graphene to solve a chemical problem,” Jiaxing Huang, a Northwestern materials engineer who led the study, told our brother site, Digital Trends. “These black carbon sheets work very well as hair dyes.”Graphene has a few properties that make it truly extraordinary. At just one atom thick, it’s both the thinnest and strongest material known to science. It’s also highly flexible, conductive, and transparent.Huang and his colleagues wanted to leverage some of the material’s properties to circumvent the undesirable effects of conventional hair dyeing, which entails toxic chemicals like bleach and ammonia. However, rather than using the pure graphene, they turned to it’s cheaper relative, graphene oxide.Graphene oxides’s thin and flexible geometry enabled the researchers to essentially wrap each hair with a sheet of the material, using a non-toxic polymer to make it stick. The new dye withstood 30 hair washes, the commercial standard for hair dye, and came with the added anti-static bonus, meaning it won’t frizz easily. Huang has created dyes in black and brown, and is experimenting with other colors.Graphene has baffled and tantalized scientists since it was first discovered in 2004. It didn’t take long for researchers to theorize about the potential applications for such an unusual but promising material. It’s been projected that the material could enable improved water filtration systems, semiconductors, and solar cells, to name a few ideas. Most of graphene’s applications remain theoretical though — and when it is successfully used, it has so far rarely made it out of the lab — making graphene seem like little more than a headline buzzword.Still, Huang and his colleagues are confident that their new hair dye will be different.“I think making hair dye could become a killer application of graphene materials, because it uses very humble, basic properties of graphene, [such as] their black color and shape,” he said.But if we’ve learned anything about graphene (and, for that matter, hair dyeing), we’ll need to wait and see before making any radical predictions.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. Editors’ Recommendations Hops and Terroir: Why the Beer World is Embracing the Wine Term How Often Should You Wash Your Hair? We Asked the Experts Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products Soothe Your Bristles With The Art of Shaving Beard and Stubble Kit last_img read more

Cant file medical reports as Antigua doctor refused to treat me Choksi

first_imgMumbai: Diamantaire and PNB scam accused Mehul Choksi told the Bombay High Court on Monday that he cannot submit his medical reports to civic-run JJ hospital here, as directed earlier, because his doctor in Antigua has refused to treat him “due to some reason”.In a plea, Choksi had challenged the proceedings initiated against him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) before a lower court to declare him a fugitive economic offender in the scam. In June this year, the high court directed Choksi to submit his latest medical reports along with a letter from his doctor to a team of doctors at the J J hospital after he claimed in another petition that he was unable to travel back to India due to his persistent ill health. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The high court had said the J J hospital doctors would go through Choksi’s medical papers and submit their report on whether he was medically fit to return. When this petition came up for hearing on Monday before a division bench headed by Justice I A Mahanty, Choksi’s lawyer Vijay Aggarwal told the high court that they could not submit the medical reports. “The doctor who was treating Choksi has refused to treat him due to some reason which we are submitting in a sealed report,” Aggarwal said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAt this, ED’s advocate Hiten Venegaonkar requested the high court to dismiss Choksi’s plea. “The prosecution’s plea seeking for Choksi to be declared as a fugitive economic offender is getting delayed because of these petitions filed in the high court,” said Venegaonkar. After hearing brief arguments, the high court said Choksi’s main ground for not returning to India to face prosecution is that he is medically unfit to travel. “But when you (Choksi) are not giving documents to support this claim then you withdraw this petition,” said Justice Mahanty. Aggarwal agreed and withdrew the petition. The ED, which moved a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court here to get Choksi declared a fugitive economic offender, has accused the diamantaire of fleeing the country to avoid arrest. Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi, who is currently in a London jail, are wanted by the ED and the Central Bureau of Investigation for allegedly defrauding the Punjab National Bank (PNB) to the tune of Rs 13,400 crore. In June, Choksi claimed in a petition filed in the high court that he had left India for medical treatment and not to avoid prosecution in the case.last_img read more

Belgium Islamophobic Acts Rise by 94 between 20112014

Rabat – The Collective Against Islamophobia in Belgium (CAIB), the leading watchdog fighting Islamophobia in the country, has released its first report highlighting a shocking increase in discriminatory acts against Muslims and their places of worship.Established last year, the Collective revealed that the number of Islamophobic acts increased by 94 percent in Belgium between 2011 and 2014.“In 2014, there was at least one Islamophobic act every two days in Belgium,” the report said. Acts regarded Islamophobic by the Collective Against Islamophobia in Belgium from 2011 to 2014Based on the official annual figures of the Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities in Belgium, CAIB highlighted that in the period between 2011 and 2013, there were at least two Islamophobic acts every week, one of which was clearly in breach of anti-discrimination Law.The report added that Islamophobic acts are increasing in Belgium after “several consecutive years without the government’s awareness of the seriousness of the phenomenon and its impact on social cohesion and public freedoms.”To fight effectively against racism and xenophobia, CAIB identified three priorities for this purpose:1) For the government to take concrete action by formally recognizing Islamophobia as a violation of fundamental rights and a threat to social cohesion; 2) to monitor permanently the Islamophobic acts reported regularly; and 3) to recognize Muslim women wearing headscarves in high schools and in the job market.Amid the growing propaganda of the organized groups against Islam, CAIB expressed its concerns, calling on the government to assure personal freedoms and the right to practice one’s religion.After the attacks that targeted France, discrimination against Muslims has become stronger than ever in Europe, and Muslim places of worships are being desecrated more frequently.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Political shifts sales slump cast shadow over gun industry

Gunmakers and dealers are gathering this week for the industry’s largest annual conference as they grapple with slumping sales. At the same time, there’s been a shift in politics that many didn’t envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress took office.Some of the top priorities for the industry remain in limbo and prospects for expanding gun rights are nil for the foreseeable future.Instead, fueled by the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the federal government banned bump stocks and newly in-charge U.S. House Democrats introduced legislation that would require background checks for virtually every firearm sale, regardless of whether it’s from a gun dealer or a private sale.Lisa Marie Pane, The Associated Press

Citing excessive detention in Georgia UN experts urge reform

“The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention urged the Government of Georgia to address problems such as the excessive use of detention in court cases, the use of harsh sentences as punishments, the diminished rights of persons charged with administrative offences and the non-existent use of bail,” the UN office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said in a press statement. “The independence of the judiciary was also questioned by the group of independent experts, particularly in relation to plea bargains, at the end of its 10-day mission to the country,” the agency said. El Hadji Malick Sow, Chair-Rapporteur of the group, cited reports of a 0.1 per cent acquittal rate in Georgia, and said “The extremely low rate of acquittal in Georgia means that a majority of defendants who go through regular procedures often find themselves in detention.” Prisoners voiced their lack of trust in the judicial system fearing that if they did not concede to a guilty plea, they would end up with an excessively harsh sentence, the agency said. “The lack of use of bail and the strict zero tolerance policy of the Government contributed to Georgia having one of the world’s largest prison population and alternative measures of detention must be used, particularly in cases where it is clearly justifiable to do so,” Mr. Sow said. However, the independent expert commended the Government for “the many positive reforms it has initiated in recent years and encouraged effective implementation to further protect against arbitrary deprivation of liberty,” OHCHR stated. The expert panel visited 11 prisons and other detention facilities in Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi and interviewed in private 158 detainees.“The working group had hoped to have the opportunity to also visit the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, but due to particular circumstances outside its control, this could not be possible,” OHCHR said.A report from the panel will be presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva next year. 24 June 2011A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has urged Georgian authorities to tackle problems in the country’s judiciary, warning of harsh sentences, a lack of bail and what they called an excessive use of detention. read more

Boralex on track to double size seeking growth outside Canada France

Boralex on track to double size; seeking growth outside Canada, France AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2013 12:45 pm MDT MONTREAL – Renewable energy producer Boralex says it is on track to double the size of its business by the end of 2016 and beyond that is looking at growth opportunities both within and outside its base in Canada and France.“Everything is now in place for a significant increase in EBITDA starting next year,” CEO Patrick Lemaire said in a conference call Wednesday to discuss fourth-quarter and 2012 results.“On a proportionate consolidation basis, we are today in the position to double the size of the company over the next few years, its EBITDA and cash flow without the need to raise any equity.”Boralex said net profit plummeted in the fourth quarter as revenue from energy sales slid 6.5 per cent due weaker hydrology in the United States and the transformation of its thermal power business.The Montreal-based company said Wednesday that net income attributable to shareholders fell to $1.2 million or three cents per share in the three months ended Dec. 31.That was down from $8.2 million or 8.2 cents per share in the comparable 2011 period when the company reported net earnings from discontinued operations of $4.6 million, equivalent to 12 cents per share, versus $696,000 or two cents per share in the latest period.Sales revenue dropped to $52.1 million from $56.5 million, while overall revenue came in at $54.5 million, down from $56.7 million.On an adjusted basis, the company reported profits of a penny per share, matching estimates, while beating revenue estimates of $52.2 million, according to a survey of analysts compiled by Thomson Reuters.A year ago, it earned 10 cents per share in adjusted profits on $56.7 million of revenues.For the full year, analysts forecast that Boralex would record an adjusted loss of 27 cents per share on $181.4 million of revenues, compared with a loss of seven cents per share on $194.7 million in 2011.In fact, Boralex posted a full-year adjusted loss of 25 cents per share on revenue of $183.3 million.“Our growth path remains very compelling and many projects are set to significantly start contributing to EBITDA late in 2013 and 2014,” Lemaire told analysts.He said work is expected to resume early this spring to erect towers in the Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farm, the largest wind power project ever undertaken by Boralex. It is slated to begin delivering power by year-end.Construction of the flagship 272-megawatt project is on time and budget. The Quebec government recently gave the green light to phase two of the Seigneurie expansion, allowing Boralex and its consortium partners to seek construction permits and obtain financing for the 68-megawatt extension.Longer-term, Lemaire said Boralex is eyeing opportunities for growth. It has visited South America a couple of times but doesn’t foresee great opportunities in the United States unless it can gain access to steady, long-term contracts.“France is still for us a good pipeline if we look at 2016 to 2020,” he said. “We’re looking elsewhere than Canada and France to secure a pipeline in the years after 2015.”Lemaire said 2012 was a transition year for the company as the weight of our thermal power stations was reduced in favour of assets covered by long-term contracts in the wind and hydroelectric power segments.Pierre Lacroix of Desjardins Capital Markets said the results were largely in line with expectations and that the company’s long-term growth remains on track.Wind segment earnings increased by $2.8 million due mainly to the St-Patrick wind farm in France acquired in June 2012. Earnings in all other segments declined slightly, driven by weaker hydrology in line with historical averages and lower thermal segment output due to the closure of Dolbeau and the halt of operations at Kingsey Falls in the quarter.Boralex said it continues to evaluate opportunities to add about 100 megawatts of power over the near term.“Ultimately, we continue to see Boralex as an attractively priced growth story driven by its near-term construction projects in Canada and France, and by its longer-term development prospects,” he wrote in a report.Boralex operates an asset base with an installed capacity of more than 500 megawatts in Canada, the northeastern U.S. and France. It owns a share of 356 MW of energy scheduled to come online through 2015 and is seeking opportunities to add 100 MW of wind power.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Boralex shares were up 13 cents at $9.29 in Wednesday afternoon trading. read more

David Ortiz Receives Qualifying Offer from Red Sox

David Ortiz received a qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox on Friday for $13. 3 million before Friday’s the 5 p.m. ET deadline set by MLB.The team and Ortiz are negotiating a two-year deal that is “very close” to being completed according to sources, but the exact amount of the contract is still being negotiated.“David is someone who we feel strongly about bringing back, and we’re trying to figure out a way to do that and we hope that happens,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said earlier this week.Ortiz will become a free agent by midnight Friday if they can’t come to an agreement, which will allow him to talk to other teams. The qualifying offer is less than the $14.48 million he earned in 2012, but has until Nov. 9 to accept the offer. The Red Sox strategically gave the designated hitter the qualifying to ensure if he signs with another team they can receive draft picks as compensation.One of the teams that has expressed interest in Ortiz is the Texas Rangers. They envision Ortiz as a left-handed hitter who could replace Josh Hamilton, who is a free agent and received a qualifying offer from the Rangers. The Rangers feel Ortiz could the clubhouse more of an edge.Ortiz will turn 37 on Nov. 18, missed the last 71 of 72 games due to a right Achilles strain he suffered on July 16. The eight-time All-Star finished the season with a 23 home runs, 60 RBIs, and a .318 batting average in 90 games.In 2003, Ortiz joined the Red Sox and was a central figure in helping the club win the 2004 and 2007 World Series. One-year deals are noting new to Ortiz, who has been in one each of the past two seasons. The Red Sox exercised his $12.5 million option for 2011, and Ortiz accepted arbitration in 2012, settling on a $14.575 million salary.Ortiz has made his desire to stay in Boston public and is fond of team’s new manager, John Farrell.“Something will get done,” Ortiz told the Boston Globe about signing a new deal with the team. “I feel good about it.” read more

Three tidbits from Urban Meyers Monday Ohio State press conference

OSU coach Urban Meyer speaks at a press conference on April 11. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Social Media EditorSpring camp is nearing its end for the Ohio State football team, as the Buckeyes have just three practices left on the schedule, including the annual spring game, which is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m. OSU coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media on Monday after the team’s workout, and here are three of the most important things he addressed. Rule changes Meyer has never been one to mince words about rules he feels are unjust in college football, notably blasting the NCAA and College Football Playoff two seasons ago for not helping defray travel expenses for players’ families trying to attend the bowl games. His advocacy was instrumental in getting the NCAA to help fund a program. The three-time national champion coach was at it again Monday, chastising a pair of recent rule changes that he said are bad for student-athletes. The Division I Council ruled Friday to end limits on electronic communication and to forbid programs from hosting satellite camps. Satellite camps, which have increased in popularity in the last year, are when coaches appear as guests at schools in the South, or other areas laden with prospective recruits. OSU’s staff worked with Florida Atlantic at a camp in Florida in June. Meyer said his frustration with the decision on satellite camps will have a negative impact on lesser-known recruits and smaller programs. Because players have to pay for camps on their own dime, the rule change could stop a player from Mississippi, for instance, from traveling to Columbus for a camp put on by OSU. But if Meyer and his staff were guests at a camp in South, it would be easier for said player to attend. The same logic applies to smaller schools that work in conjunction in powerhouse programs. Since the rule mandates FBS schools host clinics and camps at their own facilities, Meyer said it hurts staffs at schools like Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference, which before could have partnered with Meyer at an OSU camp. Now as a result, a lesser-valued recruit might not get the necessary exposure to have MAC schools offer scholarships. Meyer said he thinks “probably hundreds of scholarships have come out of (Columbus)” to those nonblue-chip recruits. “I hope they revisit it,” he said, adding, “Think about the student-athlete first.” The coach took an even harder stance on the lift of texting regulations, which, in theory, could mean coaches could constantly bombard recruits with text messages.“That’s the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” Meyer said. “If they’re making a decision because coaches are upset about it, that’s not the point here … do you really want text messages from a hundred universities on your phone when you come out of school?” Committees making these decisions should be consulting the student-athletes before making some changes, Meyer said. “I think we learned our lesson on the (family travel expenses),” Meyer said. “Whoever has that checklist, No. 1: student-athlete.” Making a markMeyer offered high praise about four early enrollees from the 2016 recruiting class: wide receiver Austin Mack, running back Antonio Williams, offensive tackle Michael Jordan and defensive end Jonathan Cooper.“They’re much more than we ever thought they would be,” Meyer said. “Because you never know what you get. Sometimes high school coaches and people tell you, ‘They’re the greatest people in the world,’ then they get here and they’re not … But those kids are doing great.” The coach’s praise stems from the recruits’ efforts beyond just the practice field. Meyer said they are excelling in the classroom, with GPAs above 3.0. “They do everything right,” Meyer said.Still talking about quarterbacks? Redshirt junior J.T. Barrett is obviously the guy behind center this year for the Buckeyes, but there is still chatter about the other quarterbacks on the roster, namely about who will be Barrett’s backup. Meyer said redshirt freshman Joe Burrow, after improving his release “night and day,” is “close” to being game ready. Burrow is also becoming a “much better runner,” Meyer said. During the spring game on Saturday, Meyer said Burrow and redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier will play live a little bit, meaning contact, at least for some snaps, will not be off-limits. Barrett, on the other hand, will wear a black jersey, although how much he plays is still up in the air, Meyer said. read more

Germany increases USB flash drive tax by over 2000 percent

first_imgBlank media tax was first introduced when the audio cassette became popular. It was arguedthat such media would have a negative impact on sales of commercial recordings, and so a secondary tax alongside sales tax was required to compensate the recording industry and those it represented. This tax has remained in place as other forms of blank media have become popular, including CDs and more recently flash storage.Many will rightly argue that the blank media tax is unfair. It is applied to all blank media regardless of intended use, so even media that would never be used for anything other than personal file storage e.g. memory cards for cameras, still carry the tax. There’s also a big question mark over whether blank media really does impact sales of commercial recordings.In Germany, consumers are in for a shock as the blank media tax paid on USB flash drives has just been increased by a staggering amount. In the past the tax added roughly 10 cents for any size USB drive. That has now increased to $1.93 for any USB flash drive up to 4GB in size. A storage device larger than that now carries a $2.42 storage media tax. The increases work out to a 1,850 percent and 2,338 percent increase respectively.No clear reason has been given for such massive increases, other than to point to “compensation for private copying” in the latest publication of the Federal Gazette. In other words, German music industry organizations GEMA and VG Bild-Kunst have pushed for the higher tax as a response to a German individual’s right to make a fair use backup copy on to such media.The increase seems ridiculous, especially considering there doesn’t seem to be any evidence offered as to how fair use copying has changed to the point where a 2000 percent tax rise is justified. All it has done is to make buying blank media significantly more expensive for everyone living in Germany.Read more at Heise Online (translated) and TechDirtlast_img read more

724 WWE RAW Ratings Drop in viewers for SummerSlam hype

first_img WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Ratings are in for July 24, 2017.This week’s episode from Houston drew 3.07 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.15 million viewers. RAW came in at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 for the night on cable in the key 18-49 demographics.“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta 6” won the night on cable for Monday.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 3.156 (up from 3.140 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.129 (down from 3.237 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.917 (down from 3.083 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas, averaged a 1.01 rating for the night. This down from last week’s 1.07 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Videos Articles Triple H Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter Twitter The Miz Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns WhatsApp Facebook CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Pinterest Videos Articleslast_img read more

Motorcyclist in fatal accident identified

first_imgA Vancouver man who died late Monday when his motorcycle veered off the road near the intersection of East Seventh and C streets was identified as 27-year-old Nickolas Meyer.An investigation found Meyer “failed to negotiate” a curve between East Sixth and Seventh streets. Traveling northbound, he slid off the east edge of the road and ran into a tree. He came to rest against a utility pole at the southeast corner of East Seventh Street and C Street intersection. The crash was reported at about 8:45 p.m.Meyer was wearing a helmet. Speed is believed to have been a factor in the fatal crash.last_img

Lottery strong but International and Italy segments prove challenging for IGT in

first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm In the International segment, revenue fell 1% at constant currency to US$172 million due to a 5% fall in gaming to US$81 million. Gaming sales were down 15% to US$30 million while product sales, including terminals, grew 4% to US$51 million.Lottery revenue was strong across the board, up 5% to US$74 million internationally and 3% to US$204 million in Italy, but Italy’s gaming revenue was down 13% to US$153 million.North America Lottery was stable at US$296 million while North America Gaming and Interactive fell 1% to US$140 million.“Our first quarter results confirm the consistent growth profile of our global lottery business and the progress we’ve made in sales of gaming machines, where global unit shipments increased 20%,” said IGT’s CEO, Marco Sala. “The results of our Italy operations are also noteworthy, with further growth in lottery and resilient machine gaming performance. As we look to the future, our focus remains on improving revenue and profits from gaming activities, innovating with new lottery games and technologies and pursuing emerging growth opportunities.” RelatedPosts Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Load More Declines in both its International and Italian business segments saw global gaming giant IGT’s financial results fall away in the three months to 31 March 2019, with revenue down 5% and operating income 10% compared with the prior year period.Consolidated revenue in 1Q19 was US$1.15 billion, representing a more steady 1% decline at constant currency, with net income of US$178 million and Adjusted EBITDA of US$417 million – down 4% in real terms but steady at constant currency.last_img read more