International Olympic Committee Considers Fate of Tokyo Games

first_imgAmid growing pressure from athletes and national governing bodies, the International Olympic Committee is considering whether to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.It has also set a deadline for its decision.In a letter to athletes released Sunday, IOC president Thomas Bach wrote that the IOC has ruled out cancelling the Games completely, but is exploring different ways to stage the Tokyo Olympics — including postponement.He indicated the IOC is still discussing the matter with key stakeholders and “we are confident” that a final decision will be made within the next four weeks.“Together with all the stakeholders, we have started detailed discussions today to complete our assessment of the rapid development of the worldwide health situation and its impact on the Olympic Games, including a scenario of postponement,” Bach wrote in the letter. “We are working very hard, and we are confident that we will have finalized these discussions within the next four weeks.”The games were originally scheduled to begin July 24 in Tokyo.The Olympics have only not gone forward as planned during periods of war. The 1916 Summer Games were cancelled during World War I, as were the Summer and Winter Games in both 1940 and 1944, due to World War II.last_img read more

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Family believes no foul play involved in Montrose man’s death

first_imgBy Jemima HolmesThe family of a recently deceased ex-fisherman has indicated that they do not believe the man died as a result of foul play. This statement comes after questions were raised as to the circumstances surrounding the elderly man’s death.Dead is Sanchara Kawall, also known as “Basil” of Seawall Road Montrose, East Coast Demerara. Reports are the man may have been intoxicated when he slipped and fell into the trench that is just outside the shack in which he resided. Guyana Times spoke with the man’s daughter, Samantha Mahabal, who expressed that the dead man’s relatives do not suspect foul play as they are not aware of any valuables that he might have had, nor was anything missing from the man’s home.Dead: Sanchara “Basil” Kawall“I don’t know is what, but like he de drunk and fall in the trench,” the distraught woman shared. Mahabal noted that she has known her father to be a drinker for as long as she can remember but the habit worsened when his wife passed away some three decades ago.The elderly man who was once a fisherman had stopped working a number of years ago but would usually assist a friend of his with vending at the Plaisance Market. The man who was described as “quiet” and “good” was known for his hefty drinking habits. Relatives of Kawall told Guyana Times that the man would get by on food from his daughter and monies that he received from a son living overseas.Mahabal noted that suspicions were raised when a neighbour went to take food for the man on Friday morning. However, the neighbour was greeted by the man’s radio and a hat on the ground. “It was very strange that it left so cause he really like listening to the radio. He does sit down and listen to the radio all the time,” she told this publication. The woman went on to say that she was subsequently informed of the man’s disappearance and the search began.At around 13:00h, those in search of the man noticed a piece of fabric floating in the trench near his home and his daughter was summoned to identify the body. “Is just a piece of fabric they see and they call me to confirm is he,” she stated.Mahabal mentioned that the last time she saw her father was on Thursday. However, reports are that neighbours saw the man sitting on the bank of the trench outside of his home at around 19:00h on Thursday night. These reports are what led persons to believe the man was intoxicated when he fell into the trench and subsequently drowned.The Police have visited the family in order to collect statements and a post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted during the upcoming week.last_img read more

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Jagdeo worried GECOM chair to be picked at Congress Place ‘backroom’

first_img…says maybe President has no authority to make this decision unilaterallyGuyanese are now in the sixth week since the third set of nominees for the post of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairperson was sent by Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, to President David Granger and while Granger insists that the recent ruling from the Chief Justice, Roxanne George, does not impinge on his authority to make the appointment, his intimation relative to the possibility of a meeting with Jagdeo has sparked some level of optimism in the political Opposition.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAt his last news conference, held on Thursday (October 5, 2017), Jagdeo said, “I did not close the door to the meeting because I am hoping he is calling me to say „I have selected someone from your list. There is a difference here. In the past, he would write me and say, „I dont accept the list. I have not accepted anyone from the list. So, there is a change here. He wants to see me… I am hoping the departure with how I get the news now means that it is positive news. So let us keep it at that. So lets keep our fingers crossed and hopes up, although many persons think that is naivety…I will attend the meeting.Congress Place decisionStill on the delay in the appointment, Jagdeo noted that it was none other than one of Granger’s Ministers who was overheard in the corridors of the court saying: “That banna can’t decide. We at Congress Place (the People’s National Congress Reform’s (PNC) Headquarter) have to make that decision (on who is the new GECOM Chairperson).”On that note, Jagdeo said, “Maybe it is that the President has no authority to make this decision that its dealt with elsewhere, and so somebody needs to say to the President you have to address this issue seriously,” he said.Charades and diversionsHowever, even an optimistic Jagdeo has made clear that the delay in the appointment of a GECOM Chairperson will continue to be cause for worry, until such time as an appointment is made. “We have a written ruling from the court, which is the only body that can interpret the constitution…how long will this charade go on now in the face of the ruling from the court?” he questioned.Three months ago, the Chief Justice made an oral ruling after local businessman, Marcel Gaskin, approached the court for an interpretation of the Constitutional provision related to the appointment of a GECOM Chairperson. Gaskin asked four substantive questions of the court.Last week, Justice George released her written ruling in the matter – a ruling that dismisses contentions held by President David Granger, which included; that the nominees must be judges, former judges or persons eligible to be judges in Guyana or in the Commonwealth; that every member on the list of nominees must be acceptable to him before he proceeds to choose a Chairman; and that he is not required to give a reason for rejecting the list of nominees.In response to the written ruling, Granger stated that nothing in the Chief Justice’s written decision prohibits or prevents his exercise of that authority or power; and he will move to appoint a “fit and proper” person to the post of GECOM Chairperson.Jagdeo, who noted Granger’s response to the Chief Justice’s ruling, particularly as it relates to appointing a “fit and proper” person, called out the President for his use of “diversionary tactics” in the face of substantive issues being pronounced on by the court.Jagdeo said, “Whoever claimed, in this country, that the ruling interfered with his appointment of a fit and proper person? Definitely not the Chief Justice and I did not say that myself. Nobody said anything about the ruling interfering with his authority to appoint a fit and proper person.What we said was that the ruling dealt with some positions that the president has taken publicly.The first position was that only individuals from a certain category could be represented on the list and that category comprised of former judges, judges and people qualified to be judges…the ruling dealt with his false interpretations,” Jagdeo said.According to the Opposition Leader, the ruling quintessentially renders Granger’s previously held contentions as invalid. “The Granger-led government runs from the truth when they have nefarious motives,” he posited.Proviso issueThe Opposition Leader highlighted too that the Chief Justice also dealt with the matter of a proviso, as detailed in the Constitution. The proviso in the Constitution states that if the Leader of the Opposition fails to submit a list, as provided for, then the President can appoint a judge or former judge or qualified to be a judge in Guyana or the Commonwealth.He said, “Even on the proviso issue, the Chief Justice has said that three lists have been submitted, so the matter is academic and does not apply to the current situation.” The matter of the proviso arose during the proceedings, based on submissions by the Guyana Bar Association.The Chief Justice in her ruling said: “While the applicant has not applied for a determination of this issue, it was raised by the Bar Association in its brief which was filed and served on all parties. It was submitted that the Constitution only contemplates the submission of one list. Neither the Attorney General nor the Leader of the Opposition sought to address this issue. For completeness, since it was raised, I have decision to mention it more so because, as noted above, it speaks to the issue of why reasons for rejection of anyone listed or the entire list are important. It does appear, as canvassed by the Bar Association, that Article 161 (2) dos not contemplate the submission of more than one list…It does appear to me that failure to submit a list as provided for speaks to the provision of an acceptable list, as discussed earlier. If by not choosing any of the persons listed the President thereby find the list unacceptable, the proviso to Article 161 (2) would apply and the President should then go on to appoint a judge or former judge or person who would qualify for appointment as a judge in Guyana or the Commonwealth to the post of Chairman of GECOM. But all of this in in effect academic because more than one list has been sought and provide.”Granger’s ObligationThe Opposition Leader has also underscored the fact that Granger has an obligation to act. “Now that the ruling has dealt with all of those issues that I spoke about, that the president has an obligation to respect and apply the ruling to the list of candidates before him,” he said.On the possibility that the third set of nominees will be rejected by Granger, Jagdeo insisted that all 18 nominees, including the 12 already rejected, were „fit and proper and were qualified to act in the post of GECOM Chairperson.After the first two sets of nominees for the post of GECOM Chairperson were rejected by Granger, the latest nominees named by Jagdeo included: Major General Joseph Singh, Teni Housty, Sanjeev Datadin, Mrs Annette Arjune-Martins, Onesi La Fleur and Krishnadatt Persaud.Jagdeo said, “If our President cannot find from18 persons – 18 persons who are all professionals, who have some standing in our society, who have demonstrated independent positions and actions, who have been impartial….most of them are more technically qualified than the President himself and most of his Ministers – (if) he can’t find a single one of the 18 fit and proper, then something is wrong, not with those people anymore or the process, something is wrong with him, and maybe he is not fit and proper to make the selection.” GECOM has been without a chairman since February 2017, when Dr Steve Surujbally, a veterinarian, retired. 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NHL notes: Simon suspended indefinitely

first_imgNew York Islanders defenseman Chris Simon was suspended indefinitely Friday by the NHL, one day after his vicious two-handed stick swing to the face of New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg. Simon, given a match penalty Thursday night for deliberate attempt to injure, was summoned to a league hearing today. Hollweg took a few stitches in the chin, but was not seriously hurt. The length of Simon’s banishment won’t be determined until the hearing with league disciplinarian Colin Campbell. The suspension could be as long as those given to Todd Bertuzzi and Marty McSorley following their violent infractions that also gave a black eye to hockey. The Islanders have 15 regular-season games left, and might be without Simon for those and the playoffs should the team qualify. Simon appeared at the Nassau Coliseum on Friday for a team photo session but went to see a doctor afterward. He appeared to be shaken up when Hollweg checked him hard into the boards, sparking the retaliation. An injury could prevent Simon from flying to Toronto, where disciplinary hearings commonly are held. A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said Friday that “no decision has been reached” about whether to bring charges against Simon. Simon has now been suspended six times by the league. He was ejected from the Islanders’ 2-1 loss with 6:31 remaining in what was a tie game. The ensuing major power play resulted in Petr Prucha’s decisive goal. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Pet saviors

first_imgThe masks have a rubber seal around the muzzle, which provides air-tight contact. “No more getting foiled by fur and long noses,” Cepeda said, smiling. Pasadena is the first fire department in Los Angeles County to roll out the program, fire Chief Dennis Downs said. “All eight fire trucks are equipped with life-saving equipment for everything from aardvarks to zebras. … It’s a tool that’s been long needed.” In Pasadena, where the PHS estimates 80 percent of homes have pets, calls to a fire almost always involve an animal, Simpson said. Often indoor pets, including birds and cats, are already unconscious from smoke inhalation when firefighters arrive, Simpson said, but dogs may run off, try to protect their owners from rescuers or be too afraid to be rescued themselves. “I’ve pulled a few out after the fact, mostly from smoke inhalation,” he said. • Photo Gallery: Injured pets rescue • Video: Rescuing Pets PASADENA – Maybe no one’s happier than firefighter/paramedic Johnie Simpson about the new pet oxygen masks every Pasadena fire truck will carry from now on. “My days of kissing dogs are over,” Simpson joked Tuesday before he gave a demonstration of the new kits at Fire Station 33 on two live dogs and a toy cat, which – certainly more obligingly than the real thing – allowed itself to be put in a zip-up bag before having the mask put on. The reusable masks, in small, medium and large, will mean firefighters don’t have to improvise with human oxygen masks when pets are affected by smoke inhalation at a fire scene, said Jasser Cepeda, an animal control officer with Pasadena Humane Society, which provided the $55 kits and the training. The kits, which include two dog leashes and a cat bag, will also be carried by the three humane society vans, Cepeda said. Firefighters can use the small mask for birds, hamsters, rats, even snakes “if duty calls,” Cepeda said. “They are our bravest heroes, and I’m sure they’ll do the job.” janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Employees partner to paint woman’s damaged home

first_imgLockheed Federal Credit Union employees pushed aside paperwork and rolled up their sleeves Saturday for their community service program called Partner to Paint. More than 35 employee volunteers and families gathered to repaint LFCU member Sally Ecklund’s North Hollywood home, which was damaged by an electrical fire 18 months ago. Ecklund, 87, was hospitalized for two months for smoke inhalation. “Fire works faster than me; someone else called for help,” she said. “Before the firemen put me in their truck, I could see flames. I was taken away from my home.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While the fire-damaged house has been partially repaired, it still needed painting. Partner to Paint, developed by LFCU, is a program in which employees volunteer their time and labor to paint a deserving member’s home without charge or obligation. Ecklund was selected from more than 30 nominees. “I’m happy to have their help because there is still so much to be done,” Ecklund said. Alethia Calagias is the community relations specialist for Lockheed Federal Credit Union. She posted this story May 20 to the North Hollywood hub on valleynews.com. last_img read more

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho dismisses suggestion of Diego Costa falling-out

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho played down any suggestion of a falling-out with Diego Costa after dropping the striker for Sunday’s goalless draw at Tottenham.Costa was not used at White Hart Lane as Mourinho lost patience with the striker, who tossed his substitutes’ bib over his shoulder in the direction of his manager in the final moments of a goalless draw which will do little to kick-start the Barclays Premier League champions’ season.Mourinho said: “If he wants to hurt me, it’s not with a bib. I have a good relationship with him, no problems.“I think Diego is very privileged because he was the last one to be (put) on the bench.“Everybody was on the bench. I kept him in the team for all these matches and today we thought the best strategy to play was this one. We are happy with the decision.”Costa did not warm up ahead of the game and appeared pitch-side with trainers, rather than boots on, broadcasters sitting near the Chelsea bench reported.Mourinho says Costa warmed up when instructed to do so.“A top player going on the bench, they are not happy,” Mourinho added.“For me his behaviour was normal. He was ready to play when they went to warm up.”last_img read more

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NA ROSSA WISH SPEEDY RECOVERY TO FORMER GOALKEEPER JAMESY MELLY

first_imgNa Rossa GAA News:It was a big week for Arianna Bonner, Nicola McDyre & Elllie McDonald as all three were part of their respective age groups for their school St Columbas, Glenties in Ulster finals. Firstly last Tuesday in Garvaghey centre,Tyrone Nicola & Ellie played in the U16s final against St, Clare’s of Cavan and on the day proved far to strong running out easy winners as the girls lifted their first medals of the week.They can now look forward to an All Ireland semi final which will take place in the coming weeks.On Friday last Arianna along with Nicola & Ellie travelled to Garvaghey centre again to play in the Schools senior final against St Dominic’s of Belfast.Very difficult conditions on the day as the Glenties scholars played against the breeze in the first half and went into the break losing by 17 points. A terrific second half comeback wasn’t enough though as time ran out and Dominicks lifted the title.Well done girls on your achievements last week. From all at the club.Congratulations also to one of our under age coaches Mikaela Bonner on her terrific achievement of reaching number 1 in the Irish iTunes Charts last weekend.Well done from all concerned at the club.Best wishes to former senior team Goalkeeper Jamesy Melly as he recovers from his recent spell in hospital. From all at the club.Club membership is now due and can be paid to Pat, Felix or any committee member. Prices are as last year, family membership €40, adult membership €25 and student membership €10. A sincere thanks to all patrons who took part in last seasons club 50 fundraiser.The February draw which will take place at the end of the month will be the first draw of the new season and again we ask for your continued support and anybody that would like to join this seasons club 50 are very welcomed to do so and should contact any club committee member as soon as possible.The lotto draw took place last Monday evening in the hall.Numbers drawn on the night were 2,10, 17 & 20 .The jackpot of €2100 was not won. Two lucky dips win €50 Gaby Lohie, Derryhenny & Mary McGettigan, Derrylaconnell. Next weeks jackpot will be €2150. NA ROSSA WISH SPEEDY RECOVERY TO FORMER GOALKEEPER JAMESY MELLY was last modified: February 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANa RossaSportlast_img read more

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Pangolin dies at L.A. Zoo; was only scaly anteater in U.S.

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) – An endangered ant-eating animal has died at the Los Angeles Zoo 10 months after wildlife inspectors confiscated it from a tourist returning from Africa. The pangolin, which the tourist bought from hunters for $3, had been treated for serious liver disease for three weeks before its Oct. 2 death. Treating the animal was a challenge for zoo officials because pangolins are extremely rare in captivity. “This was the only pangolin in any zoo in the United States,” zoo spokesman Jason Jacobs said Thursday. “Because of this we’re very proud of the work our animal care staff has done over the last 10 months.” Zoo veterinarians know the medical histories of most animals at the zoo, but the pangolin was an exception because it had been captured in the wild. It was estimated to be 1 to 3 months old and to weigh just 11 ounces in January, when it was placed in a zoo nursery filled with fluffy towels and a stuffed alligator toy. A wildlife inspector nabbed the scaly animal in January from 29-year-old Paulina Moussiesse of Los Angeles’ Sherman Oaks section, who had bought it as a pet. Moussiesse, who was returning with her family from the Democratic Republic of Congo, said hunters in the village of Mayeye had grabbed the animal after chasing its mother up a tree. She said they sold it to her because it was too young to eat. Pangolins are often sold on black markets as a delicacy in parts of Asia. Pangolins are among animals protected by an international trade treaty and need a special permit to enter the United States. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Volleyball Hosts Drake Invitational At The Knapp Center

first_img Live Stats Story Links Print Friendly Version The Drake University volleyball team hosts three teams at the Knapp Center this weekend for the annual Drake Invitational presented by Hotel Renovo/Revel Hotel.Joining the Bulldogs in the two-day, six-match event is Eastern Washington, Milwaukee and Saint Louis.Drake begins competition Friday evening against Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. in the Bulldogs’ home opener. Drake then faces Milwaukee Saturday at 11 a.m. and closes the tournament against Saint Louis at 5 p.m.The Bulldogs return home with a 2-1 record on the young season after last weekend’s EIU Panther Classic. Haley Bush was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week following the tournament. She led Drake with 48 kills while hitting .272 in 12 total sets. She closed the weekend with a staggering 26 kills in the four-set win over Eastern Illinois and added 10 digs for her second-straight double-double. Those 26 kills were the most by a Bulldog in a match since the 2015 season.center_img Junior Emily Plock also had a strong start to the season with 44 kills during the opening weekend and aims to build upon that at home this week.The complete Drake Invitational schedule is as follows.Friday, Sept. 6Noon – Milwaukee vs. Eastern Washington4 p.m. – Saint Louis vs. Milwaukee7 p.m. – Drake vs. Eastern WashingtonSaturday, Sept. 711 a.m. – Drake vs. Milwaukee2 p.m. – Eastern Washington vs. Saint Louis5 p.m. – Drake vs. Saint LouisLive stats will be available for all matches here. There will be no live broadcasts of any of the Drake Invitational matches. Buy Tickets last_img read more

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