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Telecoms Bill at AG Chambers – Minister Hughes

first_imgEven as Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) and Digicel, Guyana’s main mobile service providers, roll out the long-awaited 4G internet service, government is yet to table the Telecommunications Bill which will see the liberalisation of the telecoms sector. However when contacted, Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes told Guyana Times the Bill is currently with the Attorney General’s Chambers for legal vetting. She added that she is hoping to get the piece of legislation to Parliament before the end of this month.“The bill is receiving the attention of the Attorney General’s Chambers. It is my hope that it will come to the parliament before the end of May,” she stressed. GTT currently holds a 20-plus year monopoly over the sector and stakeholders, particularly Digicel, has long beenPublic Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughescalling for this monopoly to be broken.The Telecoms Bill, which was first introduced in 2011 and revised in 2013, was with a Special Select Committee in the 10th Parliament and was near conclusion when parliament was prorogued in 2014. It is among 12 other Bills that were recalled in the 11th Parliament. Meanwhile, under the A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) administration, the Bill underwent a new set of consultations with the two main players in mobile service and other stakeholders including the Private Sector Commission (PSC) and several non-governmental organisations before it was submitted to Cabinet.Government had even appointed two overseas consultants Janice Brendman and Geeta Ragubir to complete the work on the Bill. The Telecommunications Bill seeks to create a competitive regime in the telecommunications sector. It provides for an open, liberalised and competitive sector that will be attractive to new market entrants and investors, while preserving the activities of the current participants.By creating this competitive environment for telecommunications, the Bill is expected to result in greater choice, better quality of service and lower prices to consumers. The Bill also specifically addresses the expansion of telecommunication networks and services into unserved and under-served areas, through the institution of a new universal access/universal service programme, in an effort to further national, regional, social and economic development.last_img read more

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Noisy Wilshere comes of England age

first_img0Shares0000England’s Jack Wilshere (R) in action against Slovenian’s Miso Brecko (L) during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualification soccer match between Slovenia and England in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 14 June 2015. PHOTO/AFPLJUBLJANA, June 16- With a pair of stand-out performances in England’s final two fixtures of the 2014-15 season, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere may have belatedly come of age as an international footballer.The 23-year-old was perhaps the only visiting player to emerge with any credit from England’s 0-0 friendly draw with Ireland in Dublin and in Ljubljana on Sunday, he broke his international duck with a stunning double that inspired Roy Hodgson’s men to a 3-2 win over Slovenia. Wilshere has been deployed as the deepest midfielder during England’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign to date, either in a 4-3-3 formation or at the base of a midfield diamond, but Hodgson says that should not preclude him from exerting an influence in the final third.“There is no reason why he cannot score more goals,” Hodgson told reporters at Stozice Stadion. “With the quality of his shooting here, it shows that.“We will be encouraging it, that’s for sure, because we don’t want him playing behind players, we want him playing level with them.“We don’t want to hold him back in front of the back four, we want to push him forward and he will get into those areas 30 yards from goal and make those little chips and slide balls, and shoot from distance.“He seems to enjoy it and I enjoyed his performance.”In August it will be five years since Wilshere made his England debut, aged 18, as a late replacement for Steven Gerrard in a friendly against Hungary, but with injuries having limited his involvement, it has taken him time to find his voice as an international footballer.It took him 26 caps to register his first assist — a raking, 40-yard pass that was headed in by his Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during November’s 3-1 friendly win over Scotland in Glasgow — and his goals in the qualifier against Slovenia came at the 28th time of asking.He is not prolific with Arsenal either, having scored only 12 goals in 153 first-team appearances, but when he does find the net, it tends to be in memorable fashion.– ‘Need to score more’ –He has won the BBC’s Goal of the Season award for the past two years — for finishing off an intricate team move against Norwich City in 2013-14 and for a sumptuous half-volley against West Bromwich Albion on the final day of last season.His brace against Slovenia was in the same vein, with both goals sweet, left-foot strikes that flashed into the top-left corner, the second after a thrilling move involving Jordan Henderson, Andros Townsend and Adam Lallana.Former captain Gary Lineker said it was one of the best 10 goals ever scored by England, but Wilshere knows that where goal-scoring is concerned, quantity is more important than quality.“It’s obviously nice to get my first goals for England. They have been a long time coming,” said Wilshere, who spent five months on the sidelines in mid-season with an ankle ligament problem.“I probably wouldn’t have had a shot for the second one if I hadn’t already scored, but after I’d scored one, I had more confidence.“I have said that I need to score more goals. It is something I need to add to my game. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes have done that for England.”With Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini also vying for places in Arsenal’s midfield, Wilshere is no longer guaranteed a spot in manager Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.But Hodgson believes that his most recent England displays show that he deserves to play a pivotal role for both country and club.“If we can bottle up what Jack has been doing in these games against Ireland and today (Sunday), that would do me nicely,” he said.“Hopefully it will attract his manager’s attention and hopefully Arsene will give him a few more games as well.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Unified front defeats council

first_imgDavid Fleming, the Latham and Watkins attorney who was a leader of the San Fernando Valley secession movement and now heads the county Chamber of Commerce, first broached the issue with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa during his trip to Asia in September. “The mayor was receptive from the start,” Fleming said. “I suggested to him on the trip that the business community was very concerned about this living wage spreading, and the least the city could do was try to quarantine it to this one area. “I also told him I thought there was a good chance that there would be an election on the issue, that it would be very divisive and that there were serious legal questions about the city’s actions.” After the full City Council quickly adopted the proposal in November, concern spread that the ordinance could eventually wash over the rest of the business community. A strategy was quickly formulated to stand up to City Hall. Enter two of the city’s top lobbyists and political strategists – Harvey Englander and Arnie Berghoff, both veterans of battles with the City Council on everything from Sunshine Canyon Landfill to land-use matters. Englander, who became the spokesman for the hotel industry, said the two developed a clear strategy to keep the business community focused and use overwhelming force to slam through petitions for a voter referendum on the issue. “We made sure the council knew that we were prepared for a long fight,” Englander said. “We purposely went out to get twice the number of signatures needed for the referendum to show we were serious. “We got those signatures in 20 days, with the purpose to show we were serious. And we were prepared to spend whatever it took in an election. “We had received signals early on that the mayor and the council didn’t want this election. Once we got that signal, it was a matter of working things out. Our goal was to get them to rescind the living-wage ordinance. We were successful in that goal.” Talks between the two sides, however, dragged on for weeks until Villaraigosa became directly involved. All sides credit him with pushing to get an agreement and leaving much of the hands-on work to his legal adviser Tom Saenz, who has been credited with keeping the groups talking through the tense 72 hours before Wednesday’s deadline. Saenz also came up with the legal argument that the City Council could repeal the ordinance and order a similar one drafted without triggering a new election. “What we wanted, most of all, was to avoid a potentially divisive election,” Saenz said. “We were confident that voters could be convinced to support the living wage, but you never know in an election what could happen.” A potential election was estimated to cost the city $3 million – with total campaign spending at least triple that. Officials also feared debate could have become mired in race and immigration issues rather than trying to help workers. “None of us wanted that,” said Gary Toebben, president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce who brought together the business community to deal with city officials. Council President Eric Garcetti said the mayor helped focus the two sides to deal with the most crucial issues. “From our side, we were concerned about the treatment of the workers,” Garcetti said. “The business community was concerned about limiting this to a certain area. What we achieved is two things: better pay for the workers and a quarantine on the living wage.” Under the new deal, the council rescinded the ordinance it passed in November but moved to draft a new ordinance under which the hotels would voluntarily phase in higher wages by July 1. Those wage requirements would be quarantined to that area and not allowed elsewhere in the city – unless they pass several hurdles. The business community also won a commitment from the city to study increasing investment within a new “airport hospitality overlay zone” including the possibility of building a mini-convention center and investing in promotions, marketing and street improvements. “We are still a long way from being done, but we were able to get some time to deal with this in a more thoughtful way,” Toebben said. Kyser said it will take time to assess the overall impact of the deal. “This is one of those cases where the devil will be in the details of the new ordinance,” he said. Toebben, who came to the chamber last year from a post in Kentucky, said the process was a learning experience. “It was clear to me that we have a lot of work to do at City Hall. There were a lot of conversations going on that we were not part of and we need to be more involved if we are going to get the win-win situation the mayor has been talking about.” In the end, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel said it came down to both sides giving in. “I think whether you look at this from a union point of view or business, no one wanted to spend the money, time and effort for an election,” Greuel said. “Everyone wants a strong economy and job creation. The question was how do we get to that end.” Business strategy Fighting the council New ordinance rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Like battlefield generals, a cadre of Los Angeles business leaders and lobbyists marshaled a strategy to win a rare, and at least temporary, victory last week at City Hall. Forcing the City Council to back down on its imposition of a “living-wage” ordinance on a dozen hotels near Los Angeles International Airport, the fight was not without casualties. The hotels still are faced with paying workers higher wages, labor unions risk losing city backing on any future living-wage issues, and taxpayers will be tapped to pony up for investment promises in the Century Boulevard Corridor. But for the business community, it marked one of its most aggressive and unified efforts to take on City Hall politics in recent years. “For business, they finally tried to flex their muscles, but didn’t get quite as far as they thought they would,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “Part of it is that labor has been active in City Hall a long time. Business got its knees scuffed a bit, but did come together to win something.” The dispute between labor and the hotels had been brewing for years as unions tried to organize the 3,500 workers. But it heated up late last year in a series of demonstrations in which Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who chairs the Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, was involved in a confrontation. Hahn agreed with the unions that a living wage and other changes were needed at the hotels. As Hahn pushed the issue, the business community began to cautiously gauge city officials’ support. last_img read more

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The Premier League’s loudest football stadiums REVEALED from last weekend’s games

first_img 10 10 10 Joint 2nd. Sunderland v Everton (43,476) Decibel Level 78 10 Joint 8th. Burnley v Hull (Attendance 16,998) Decibel Level 74 (out of 120) – Click the arrow to see which stadiums were louder last weekend! 7. QPR v Man City (18,005) Decibel Level 76 10 Which ground is the noisiest in the Premier League?CLICK HERE TO SEE THE RANKINGS FOR THE TOP 10 LOUDEST FANS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE FROM 2011To try to find out, Press Association Sport supplied its reporters with a ‘Sound Meter’ smartphone app to record decibel levels at Premier League games on the weekend of 8 and 9 November.All samples were taken from kick-off to the 60-second mark and the highest recorded point has been used in the data.No goals were scored in this period, so the decibel levels can be considered to have been generated in similar circumstances.The recordings will be repeated during the next set of Premier League fixtures in order to gather readings from every ground. 10 1. Manchester United v Crystal Palace, Old Trafford (75,325) Decibel level 84: Joint 8th. West Ham v Aston Villa (34,857) Decibel Level 74 10 Joint 2nd. Tottenham v Stoke (35,699) Decibel Level 78 10 Swansea v Arsenal (20,812) Decibel Level 76 Joint 2nd. West Brom v Newcastle (26,476) Decibel Level 78 10 Joint 2nd. Southampton v Leicester (31,297) Decibel level 78 10 6. Liverpool v Chelsea (44,698) Decibel Level 77 last_img read more

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Barcelona mock Man United on social media with brutal Lionel Messi tweet

first_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ And it’s safe to say the official Barca social media team are revelling in their victory.They have just aimed a not-so-subtle dig at the Red Devils and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer by posting a picture of their talisman with the caption: “Messi at the wheel”. huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 1 Arsenal begun the trend after they beat United 2-0 in the Premier League last month, subbing in the name of Emirates boss Unai Emery.And now the Catalan giants are having the last laugh with their remake of the chant featuring their very own Argentine superstar. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Barcelona delivered a masterclass at Camp Nou to breeze past Manchester United and progress to the Champions League semi-finals.A brace from Lionel Messi and a trademark Philippe Coutinho curler sealed a brilliant win for the Blaugrana in Catalonia. gameday cracker ADVICE Messi at the wheel🔵🔴 #WeColorFootball pic.twitter.com/KgDX7oAa37— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) April 16, 2019The tweet is aimed at United supporters and their new chant for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – which is a version of Waterfall by the Stone Roses and begins with ‘Ole’s at the wheel.’The phrase has somewhat become a slogan in and around Old Trafford since the Norwegian’s appointment, and it was prominent particularly after Man United’s victory over PSG in the last round. shining Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF REVEALED tense Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS REVEALED REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice Messi and Coutinho both scored as Barca breezed past United Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

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How Do Companies Make Up for Stolen Cargo?

first_imgCargo theft is an all-too-common problem that impacts industries ranging from food and beverage to building and industrial supplies. Criminals steal cargo and resell it for their own profit. This, of course, takes money away from the companies who manufacture the products.Cargo theft also has a negative financial impact on shipping companies, state and local governments, insurance companies, retailers and even consumers. It is far from a victimless crime; in fact, the impact of stolen cargo reaches much further than many people realize.The theft of a single trailer or shipping container can cost a company thousands—even millions—of dollars. Even for major corporations, such a loss can understandably be devastating. For smaller companies, it can be nearly impossible to recover from such a disaster. While most stolen cargo is never recovered, there are a few ways companies can make up for stolen goods.- Sponsor – InsuranceCompanies carry insurance for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is to help the business recover from a significant loss. Shipping companies often carry cargo insurance to protect the business in the event a shipment is stolen. Manufacturers also carry insurance that covers their merchandise.Because cargo theft cases are complex, it is not always clear whose insurance policy is responsible for paying for the loss. In most cases, it is necessary to file a report with the police. The information contained in the police report helps insurance providers sort out who is responsible for paying for the loss.Turning to an insurance company isn’t always in the business’s best interest, however. Many companies prefer to keep thefts quiet for a number of reasons. Filing an insurance claim helps the business recover its losses, but doing so also inflates insurance prices. Since cargo insurance is already quite expensive, many carriers opt to eat the loss instead of further raising their rates. Many also fail to report thefts to their insurance companies because they fear negative repercussions. Shipping companies do not want to lose business by potentially appearing untrustworthy. In some cases, it is more affordable to take the loss and keep it quiet than to go public by filing an insurance claim.Higher Product CostsBecause theft is such a common problem, many manufacturers account for it when pricing their items. Retailers also raise their prices to make up for profits lost due to stolen cargo. On average, consumers spend up to 20 percent more on the products they purchase as a result of manufacturers and retailers using price increases to offset losses from cargo theft.Tax Write-OffsThe Internal Revenue Service also allows businesses to write off losses incurred as the result of theft. The IRS defines theft as a crime that involves “the taking and removing of money or property with the intent to deprive the owner of it.” Cargo theft falls within this definition, so it can be written off.When determining how much to write off, the business must determine the fair market value of the property stolen minus any reimbursement received from the insurance company. You may claim the deduction on Form 4684, or you may deduct the value of the theft by increasing the cost of goods sold when you fill out your Schedule C. If you choose the latter option, deduct the value of the stolen cargo from your closing inventory to increase your total business expenses. This results in the same business deduction as you would receive if you were to use Form 4684.Asset RecoveryWhile merchandise stolen in transit is often never found, there are products that assist companies in tracking down stolen loads. Asset recovery tracking devices allow companies to monitor where their loads are. Some also send out alerts if the vehicle transporting the merchandise strays from its designated route.Asset recovery products use GPS to help ensure that stolen loads can be recovered. They provide valuable data to manufacturers, shipping companies, retailers and law enforcement. While they do not always result in the recovery of the stolen cargo, they have helped many companies avoid huge losses.Even when recovered, however, some types of cargo need to be destroyed or undergo expensive testing. Pharmaceutical products, for example, cannot simply be sold after being recovered. They must be tested to ensure that they are still safe for use or they must be destroyed. Products shipped in temperature controlled packaging may also need to be destroyed if they became too hot or too cold prior to being recovered.The True Cost of Stolen CargoCargo theft is not the “victimless crime” that it is often portrayed as. Drivers and other shipping employees can be injured—or worse—when products are stolen, and companies face huge losses. While the direct costs are huge, there are also several indirect costs to take into consideration.When a product cannot be replaced from existing inventory, the manufacturer must schedule a new production run to make up for the lost cargo. This could disrupt the company’s entire production schedule and result in the need to pay for employee overtime. If the company is unable to replace the stolen goods, they may risk losing their contract with the intended recipient, which could also be a huge financial loss.Shippers that fall victim to cargo theft risk losing their reputation. While theft can impact virtually any company at any time, consumers are less likely to look favorably upon those who have been stolen from. They are less likely to see the company as trustworthy, and potential future customers may not feel confident in their security measures.Final ThoughtsCargo theft results in nearly $30 billion in losses every single year, and the impact of this so-called “victimless crime” can be felt by everyone from members of the supply chain to consumers. While there are ways for companies to recover their losses, insurance and price increases are not nearly as helpful as preventing theft in the first place. By taking steps to implement effective security strategies, you can make your business less susceptible to cargo theft and reduce your risk of having to face the unpleasant task of trying to recover from a significant loss. 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(AUDIO) Proposal would cut number of state lawmakers

first_img(Missourinet) A mid-Missouri state lawmaker proposed a constitutional amendment Monday in Jefferson City that would reduce the Missouri House’s size from 163 to 136. State Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, speaks on the Missouri House floor on February 20, 2019 (file photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)State Rep. Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, testified Monday before the House General Laws Committee, telling colleagues reducing the House by 27 seats will save money.“But I think it would reduce I think in the order of a million-and-a-half, two million, maybe two-and-a-half, three million (dollars) a year in costs to the state by reducing the Legislature by this amount,” Fitzwater testifies.Fitzwater says this is about reducing the size of government, adding that Missouri has the seventh-largest Legislature in the nation.“We are by far the largest Legislature by our surrounding states, even Illinois has 20 fewer legislators than we do,” says Fitzwater.If lawmakers approve the measure, Missourians would vote on the proposed constitutional amendment in November 2020, according to Fitzwater.Missouri’s 1820 Constitution capped the number of Missouri House seats at 100, and the actual number of seats was determined by a constitutional formula based on a county’s population. The constitutional formula essentially stayed in place until 1966, when Missourians ratified a constitutional amendment which locked in the number of House seats at 163.It remains at 163 in 2019, although there are currently two vacancies.Under Fitzwater’s proposal, there would be three House districts in each senatorial district.During Monday’s hearing, Fitzwater told State Rep. Jon Carpenter, D-Gladstone, and other committee members that his House district is now in two state senatorial districts. His senators are State Sens. Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, and Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane.Carpenter, who’s in his fourth and final House term because of term limits, likes the concept of Fitzwater’s proposal. Carpenter tells Fitzwater it would save tax dollars.“It should be in the millions,” Carpenter tells Fitzwater.“Long-term, it would be millions,” Fitzwater responds.“It would be millions of dollars a year I would think because you’re reducing by almost 40 (House members) and then staff, benefits, pay, all the costs,” says Carpenter.Fitzwater says if Missourians approve the constitutional amendment in 2020, it would take effect in 2022 after the Census and redistricting.Fitzwater was the only person who testified Monday about HJR 41. The General Laws Committee, which is chaired by State Rep. Dean Plocher, R-Town and Country, did not vote on the measure.Similar versions of the bill have been proposed in previous sessions. In prior sessions, opponents have argued that citizens would not have as much opportunity to see their state representatives, because the districts would be larger.(Updated 3/6 2:00 p.m. to reflect the proposal was amended to cut the number of House members from 163 to 136, not 120.)The Wake Up Columbia interview with Rep. Fitzwater:last_img read more

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Allegri believes Pogba won’t be returning to Juventus anytime soon

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementJuventus manager Massimiliano Allegri admits that it is “very difficult” to see Paul Pogba return to Juventus anytime in the near future as he appears to have settled comfortably at Manchester United.Pogba left Old Trafford for Juventus as a youngster in 2012 and enjoyed four successful years in Turin, winning four Serie A titles.His form at Juventus persuaded United to bring him back to Old Trafford in a then-world record deal reportedly an initial 89.3million pounds in 2016.Critics and pundits alike noted that Pogba’s form has been inconsistent since returning to United, while his falling out with Mourinho became a huge source of controversy. That gave away to rumours of him moving to the likes of Barcelona, Paris-Sain Germain and even Juventus. But Pogba has hit new heights at United and maintained that form since Mourinho’s dismissal last month, leaving Allegri to believe there is little chance of him heading back to the Old Lady.“It’s very difficult to see him at Juventus again,” Allegri said at a news conference on Saturday.The arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the interim manager has done wonders for the Old Trafford club and helped revigorate Pogba. Pogba has gone so far as to say that United have rediscovered their identity under the Norwegian manager.last_img read more

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Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep my inspirations: Rituparna

first_imgKolkata, Feb 25 (PTI) Bengali star Rituparna Sengupta says she wants to do more complicated roles at this point in her career just like the kind of movies Hollywood stars Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep star in.”Look at the vast range of roles portrayed by Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep or say Halley Berry. Their works are now my inspiration,” she told PTI.”I have been fortunate at being part of a contrasting genre of films and I portrayed a huge range of characters in these two decades. But at this phase, I feel one should do much more complicated roles,” said the actress at the announcement of a Bengali film based on legendary Bengali sports writer Moti Nandis novel Baranda.Rituparna says she is happy with the offers pouring in from Bengali film industry – both from new and veteran directors.”I had very recently completed shooting for a film in which Aparna Sen, who had directed me in Paromitar Ekdin years back, is the creative consultant.”The film “Rong Beronger Kori” is about colours of money and I play two characters. A sex worker and her mother. “It is a challenge to portray to women of different generations and their complexities and hopes and agonies as a woman, she says.”Tarun Majumders Bhalobasar Bari by popular, young writer Pracheta Gupta is also awaiting release.”I feel I like portraying women-centric roles since I can express pent-up frustrations and suppressed feelings lying deep inside a female soul. Different directors see this and interprete this in their own styles but the yearning remains the same,” she says. PTI SUS MD JCHadvertisementlast_img read more

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CWG 2018: India to appeal against CGF’s decision to ban two athletes from Gold Coast

first_imgThe Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games has decided to appeal against CGF court’s decision to ban two of the country’s athletes for violating the ‘no-needle’ policy in Gold Coast on Friday.”We don’t agree with some decisions, and we will discuss with our higher authorities. We will appeal against these decisions,” General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker said addressing a press conference that was also attended by the Indian chef-de-mission Vikram Sisodia.Indian race walker KT Irfan and triple jumper V Rakesh Babu were on Friday ordered to return home from the Games and a strong reprimand issued to the Indian officials here after the duo was found guilty of breaching the event’s strict no-needle policy.”Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi are with immediate effect not permitted to participate in the Games. The accreditation of Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi was suspended with effect from 09:00 hours on April 13, 2018. Both athletes were removed from the Games Village,” the Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said in a strongly-worded statement.CWG 2018 MEDALS TALLYCWG 2018 FULL COVERAGECWG 2018 LIVE BLOG”We have asked the Commonwealth Games Association of India to ensure both athletes depart Australia on the first flight available,” it added.While Irfan was already through with his 20km race walk event, finishing 13th, the 28-year-old Rakesh Babu was to participate in Friday’s triple jump final after qualifying 12th for the competition but was unlikely to compete due to injury. There is no doping offence involved.”There is a lot of confusion, why our athletes were banned, how they confirmed this. Why was Irfan banned when the syringe was found in Babu’s bag,” Indian athletics team manager Ravinder Choudhry said.advertisement”How is the CGF so confident that both athletes were using the same syringe. Babu admitted but what Irfan,” he added.The latest embarrassment comes after the Indian contingent escaped unscathed when a needle was found outside a boxer’s room.At that time the CGF had merely issued a reprimand to India for not disposing the syringe as prescribed, clearing the country of any declaration norm violations.The Commonwealth Games Federation Federation Court heard the latest complaint on Thursday after it was brought to its notice by the CGF Medical Commission.”The Chef de Mission of the Commonwealth Games Association of India, General Team Manager, Namdev Shirgaonker; Athletics Team Manager, Ravinder Chaudhry; two athletes, Rakesh Babu and Irfan Kolothum Thodi; and other individuals (Team Managers) associated with CGA India were found by the CGF Federation Court to be in breach of the CGF No-Needle Policy for the Games (the No Needle Policy). All five individuals were found to be in breach of the Policy,” the CGF stated.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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