Drug charges for boxing champ

first_imgHowever, the undefeated American boxer’s lawyer says the marijuana found in his vehicle did not belong to him.Police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said in a statement that they arrested Wilder on Wednesday afternoon after they found marijuana in his Cadillac Escalade.Wilder, 31, was initially stopped for a window tint violation. Officers searched the SUV after smelling marijuana and found a small amount in the vehicle’s console.Wilder was charged with second-degree marijuana possession, a misdemeanour, and released on US$1000 bond.Wilder’s attorney Paul Patterson told The Associated Press that Wilder said the marijuana did not belong to him.Patterson said that Wilder had just returned from an out-of-town trip, in which he had been driving another vehicle, and selected the Escalade to run errands around Tuscaloosa.Wilder has several friends and associates who had access to the Escalade when he was out of town, Patterson said.”He is heartbroken by this, but the fighter in him is going to ensure he fights and clears his good name,” Patterson said.The two-metre tall fighter is the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion. He won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympics.Wilder has been chasing a fight with Kiwi WBO champion Joseph Parker, with the hope of a unification bout in New York.Wilder, keen to see one dominant champion of the splintered heavyweight division, envisaged the winner going on to fight Anthony Joshua, the big Brit who owns the WBA and IBF belts. Photo: USA TODAY (Deontay Wilder has been charged with drug possession after marijuana was allegedly found in his car).last_img read more

Nimba vs. Bassa @ County meet: ‘There Were No Violations’

first_imgOutgoing Youth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe said yesterday that there were no violations in keeping with the rules and regulations of the County Meet, the Liberia Football Association and FIFA’s Circular No. 1147, concerning players Jerry Wleh, William Freeman, Zizue Kollie and Sekou Bayon during the match between Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties on January 6 and 7.According to the protest last week Thursday, Nimba County’s administrative manager Musa Kromah complained that Grand Bassa played with four illegal players which included Trokon Jackson, Sekou Bayoh, Jerry Wleh and William Freeman.Minister Nagbe, who is also chairman of the Appeals Board, said as a result of the match, Grand Bassa’s victory over Nimba County still stands.On Tuesday, the Protest and Grievance Committee ruled on a ‘replay’ between Grand Bassa vs. Nimba, which is no longer necessary.The LFA said Grand Bassa cannot be held liable for violating the Regulations on Player’s eligibility on player Sekou Bayoh because he was not fielded and did not violate any rule.Meanwhile, the Appeals Board said Grand Bassa County’s piece of evidence used by the Protest and Grievance Committee and the Competition Committee of the LFA did not meet the requirement of Article 25 Section 1.5.The Board said there was no written communication from the LFA to the parties as required by Article 25 Section 1.5 of the LFA 2015/2016 Rules and Regulations informing them of the decision on the actions of player Jerry Wleh.“A player shall be eligible to participate in the day’s game, when the player’s name and particulars are registered on the referee’s game sheet and inspection formalities; and a player whose name is registered on the referee’s game sheet and does not appear for inspection after the first half of the match shall be declared a non-participant. “No inspection shall take place after half time; and a suspended player(s) who is registered on the referee’s game sheet for the day’s match and is not fielded in the said match is not guilty of participating in the match,” Minister Nagbe said.He further said that referencing FIFA Circular No. 1147 concerning the “non-participation of players,” player Sekou Bayou was never fielded in the match between Liberia and Guinea in the CHAN Competition, which is not an A-Level Competition, and is thereby not an illegal player.Meanwhile Sen. Thomas Grupee of Nimba County on behalf of the County and Steering Committee yesterday announced the withdrawal of the kickball team from the County Meet.Nimba County lost 48-50 points to Grand Bassa in basketball on Tuesday at the Sports Commission. Previously, Bong County thrashed Nimba County from the Volleyball category.However, Montserrado meets Lofa in the semifinals which kick-off tomorrow, while Bong is expected to host Bassa Friday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

STEM for economic development is not a pipe dream – President

first_imgThe lack of qualified teachers and adequate resources might prove as a major impediment in the STEMPresident David Grangerinitiatives in all levels of schools’ curricula but President David Granger is certain that this not just a wild fantasy.STEM, acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, essentially defines the preparation of students in the proficiency in these core units while placing emphasis on modelling real world problems and simulating solutions.Whether STEM initiatives are integrated or stand apart from regular school curriculum, it is clear that education programmes that produce critical thinkers, and improves math and science literacy are required to enable any developing economy to remain competitive through constant technological innovation and higher levels of human capital.During the recent broadcast of ‘The Public Interest’, President Granger re-emphasised the importance of STEM in economic development and posited that, as farfetched as the concept may sound, it is far from delusional.“It’s not a pipe dream, it’s not some wish… We need engineers, we need scientists, we need mathematicians,” Granger highlighted.He explained that the biggest obstruction to development in Guyana is the lack of infrastructure and therefore the country needs a system of highways and bridges as well as better stellings.“If you look at Region Ten, for example, just to travel from Kwakwani to Linden to transact business, it’s a nightmare. If you are in Region Nine, the Rupununi, it takes $5000 to go one way between Aishalton and Lethem,” he stated.He also posited that, “If your grandfather has 1 hectare of cassava and he produces 100kilos, science would help you to get 200kilos from the same hectare by better fertilisers and better techniques.”According to the Global Competitiveness Index 2014-2015, out of 144 countries assessed, Barbados is the highest ranked country in the Western Hemisphere at 7th when measuring the quality of math and science education.Its other Caribbean counterparts are lagging behind, with Trinidad and Tobago at 35th, Guyana 55th, Suriname 89th, Jamaica 101st, and Haiti at 124th. However, the Caribbean region remains well above the more developed economies in Latin America: Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil are all ranked below Jamaica.Notably, caution should be given to such findings since equity, population density and available infrastructure can be misrepresented.For instance, Barbados like most other Caribbean nations has a very small population relative to the rest of its comparators, the number of well-equipped science labs and research centres in Brazil alone may outstrip the entire Caribbean, and very little innovation and technological improvements have originated from the Caribbean.Research states that the jobs of tomorrow will continue to demand critical thinking and an understanding of mathematics and science to keep pace with the increasing dynamism of technological innovation.While the focus on this issue may be dominated by the availability of infrastructure, large gains can be made by sowing the seeds of early STEM programmes at the nursery and primary levels.last_img read more

Plane crashes at Eterinbang airstrip

first_imgA locally-registered twin-engine 10-seater Islander aircraft has reportedly suffered substantial damage after it encountered problems during takeoff at the remote Eteringbang airstrip on Wednesday.Minister within the Public Infrastructure Ministry, who holds responsibility for the aviation sector, Annette Ferguson, confirmed on Wednesday evening that she was in receipt of a report of an incident at the Eteringbang airstrip but details were still sketchy at the time.Minister Ferguson told Guyana Times that a team from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA)’s investigation department will be heading to the interior location to ascertain the extent and cause of the accident.Ferguson further stated that according to initial reports, the front wheel of the plane was damaged when it failed to take off from the airstrip.Guyana Times was reliably informed that the BN2A Islander aircraft encountered technical problems halfway down the airstrip, which was wet at the time due to rainfall.The plane reportedly failed to takeoff and ended up in a deep ditch at the end of the airstrip.The incident reportedly occurred around noon on Wednesday.Sources have since told this publication that the aircraft had overnighted at the Eteringbang airstrip in Guyana’s remote Cuyuni-Mazaruni region, near the Venezuelan border, and was about to takeoff en route to the Eugine F Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast Demerara when the unfortunate incident occurred. There are no reported injuries.last_img read more

Prison reform tops agenda

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday called a special legislative session to address reform in the nation’s largest prison system, asking lawmakers to consider wide-ranging changes that will include building two new prisons. Schwarzenegger’s move comes the week after a special master appointed by a federal judge issued a report that was sharply critical of the governor’s administration, saying it had retreated from prison-reform efforts this year. In part, the report said the administration’s actions have led to turmoil in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that culminated earlier this year in the back-to-back resignations of its top administrators. That led Democrats to react swiftly to the governor’s announcement, some calling the special session an election-year ploy to take attention away from last week’s critical report. “The call for a special session is a little bit gimmicky,” said Assembly Budget Committee Chairman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz. “It was designed to convey a sense of urgency, when many of us have felt that urgency all along.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Laird said bills addressing prison crowding and housing of female inmates already are active in the Democrat-controlled Legislature and could be considered nearly as quickly during the regular legislative session. The special session will address problems with crowding due to a soaring prison population and a poor rehabilitation system, which has led to a majority of ex-convicts quickly heading back to prison after their release. In a speech to the California District Attorneys Association in Orange County, Schwarzenegger called for lawmakers to approve several of his previous proposals, saying the prison system is “dangerously overcrowded.” A system designed for 100,000 inmates had nearly 172,000 as of last week, he said. “Our prisons are at a crisis point right now because the state of California has not planned adequately for our future,” Schwarzenegger said. “We are at an all-time high right now, and we are rapidly running out of space. Our prisons are dangerously overcrowded right now.” He said just one prison has been built in the past decade and warned that if action isn’t taken soon, “The courts may very well take over the entire prison system and order the early release of tens of thousands of inmates.” The special session is just one part of a multiprong effort to reform California’s troubled prison system, which has been plagued by violence, overcrowding, a high rate of return for released prisoners and a health care system so poor that it has been blamed for an average of one inmate death a week. Among the proposals Schwarzenegger wants the Legislature to consider are some issues lawmakers previously rejected. He wants to free up more state prison space for male inmates by housing 4,500 nonviolent female inmates in private prisons, a plan that was rejected by legislative budget negotiators in recent weeks. About 40 percent of women should be moved to prisons closer to home, then given counseling and help to re-enter their communities before they are released, the governor said. Schwarzenegger also proposed funding new prisons as part of a sweeping public works bond package earlier this year, but the plan was dropped from the ballot package that will go to voters in November. In calling for the special session, the governor asked lawmakers to take a second look at those proposals this summer but provided few details. He also is proposing a program that would offer soon-to-be-released inmates help with job placement, counseling and finding housing. “What we introduced today was a broad framework,” Schwarzenegger spokesman Adam Mendelsohn said. He said the announcement was “absolutely not” related to last week’s critical report. Democratic lawmakers, however, remained skeptical. Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said building two 5,000-bed prisons would have little effect on crowding while significantly boosting state debt. “We cannot build our way out of the crisis,” Romero said. California’s last major prison opened a year ago near the Central Valley farm town of Delano. It will cost $716 million by the time the bonds are paid off in 2028. Romero, who has held numerous hearings on prison reform, proposed improving rehabilitation programs to cut the number of inmates who get sent back shortly after their release. About 70 percent of California inmates eventually are returned to prison after their release. Schwarzenegger said he wants legislators to act before they adjourn at the end of August, meaning the special session would run at the same time as the current legislative session. The Legislature will convene the special session today. Last week’s report by a so-called special master said Schwarzenegger took significant steps toward reform his first few years in office, including addressing the “code of silence” surrounding wrongdoing by prison guards and improving internal investigations and discipline. He also streamlined the adult and youth prison systems into a single agency. But the report also said Schwarzenegger’s administration has backed off on reform efforts as he has tried to repair his relations with public-employee groups following last fall’s disastrous special election. The governor’s backsliding on reform can be attributed to his attempt to curry favor with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, a powerful force in California politics, according to the report. The warming relationship between the Governor’s Office and the prison guards union has led to turnover at the top of the corrections system. Former Corrections Secretary Roderick Hickman quit in February, saying he was frustrated with a lack of support in the administration. His replacement, prison veteran Jeanne Woodford, abruptly announced her retirement in April. Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said he wondered how reform could take place with no permanent leader installed at the corrections department and by narrowing the debate only to issues chosen by Schwarzenegger. The governor has appointed James Tilton acting director, but Tilton has said he is not a candidate for the permanent post. U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson, who appointed the special master, seized control of the state’s inmate health care system earlier this year. Health care is not among the issues to be discussed during the special session. Schwarzenegger last called a special session in January 2005 to try to get lawmakers to approve a number of government-reform proposals.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

Liverpool reportedly tracking exciting teenage Fiorentina star

first_img1 Liverpool are tracking teen star Federico Chiesa, according to reports in Italy.The 19-year-old, who is the son of former Italy international Enrico Chiesa, has burst onto the scene at Fiorentina.Despite being a teenager, the winger has established himself in the first team and he has caught the eye with some of his performances.Liverpool, according to Calciomercato, have taken note and they are now said to be tracking Chiesa ahead of the January transfer window.Plenty of other clubs are also watching the Italy under-21 international, though, including AC Milan and Inter Milan.Fiorentina, however, have no plans to part with Chiesa and see him as a big part of their future going forward. Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa last_img read more

What Google Announced At I/O 2014

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts readwrite Tags:#Android#Google#Google I/O#Google I/O 2014#Keynote And here’s the video of the presentation—this embed will be displaying video of several I/O sessions while the conference is going on, but it will most likely default back to the keynote once I/O is over: Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The keynote address at Google’s annual developer conference, I/O 2014, is over—but ReadWrite’s coverage is just getting started. See below for a list of our stories so far, as well as our live-tweet coverage and video of the presentation.ReadWrite’s complete coverage of Google I/O 2014:Google Previews The Next Big Release Of Android: “L”You Can Order An Android Smartwatch TodayGoogle Rolls Out Android TVGoogle Launches Android Auto, Its Road-Ready Smart-Car PlatformGoogle’s TV-Streaming Stick Chromecast Just Got Even SexierGoogle Strikes The Next Blow In The Cloud-Storage Wars: Unlimited Space10 Things Google Didn’t Announce At I/O 2014last_img read more

Wolves complete perfect homestand, beat Blazers

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Timberwolves: At Orlando on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland’s 10 points in the second quarter wasn’t the Blazers’ lowest output of the season — they scored only six against Toronto on Oct. 30. It was, however, the fewest points allows by Minnesota in any quarter at Target Center since Philadelphia scored nine in the second on Dec. 3, 2014. … The Blazers reserves outscored Minnesota’s 42-25.Timberwolves: It’s the third time in franchise history the Wolves have won five games on a homestand. … Jamal Crawford had 10 points off the bench. … There were plenty of purple Vikings jerseys in the crowd, which broke out into its loudest cheers of the first half when the final score of Minnesota’s last-second playoff victory was flashed on the scoreboard. The crowd also broke out into a few impromptu “Skol!” chants. .UP NEXT:Trail Blazers: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Collison, Oladipo lead balanced Pacers to rout of Phoenix BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 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 Games View comments Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, front left, and the Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, front right, go after the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored 24 points, Jeff Teague added 22 and the Minnesota Timberwolves wrapped up a perfect homestand with a 120-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds for his NBA-leading 37th double-double of the season. The Wolves had their first 5-0 homestand since 2001, winning each game by double figures against the likes of New Orleans, Cleveland, Oklahoma City and New York.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims They led by as many as 26 against Portland to send the Trail Blazers to their third loss in a row.Damian Lillard scored 21 points, and C.J. McCollum and Pat Connaughton each had 18 for Portland. The Blazers had scored 110 points or more in seven straight game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThat streak was in jeopardy early thanks to the Blazers’ paltry 10-point second quarter and 18 total turnovers.Portland led by five early and ended the first quarter up 33-31. But the Blazers went cold in the second, shooting only 2 for 15 and scoring more points off six free throws in the quarter. The Wolves, meanwhile, put together a 14-0 run and steadily pulled away. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

National Sports awards: All you should know about the winners and the awards

first_imgOn the eve of National Sports Day, August 29, President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Sports and Adventure Awards to various personalities. This year, the award has been presented to Tennis star, Sania Mirza for her achievements in the game of Tennis. However, the Ministry’s decision was challenged by the Karnataka High Court which sought explanations from the Union Sports Ministry.About the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee, Sania Mirza:Sania Mirza is a multiple Grand Slam championShe is the second to receive this award. First sportsperson to receive this award was Leander PaesMirza is currently ranked world No. 1 in women’s doublesIn October 2005, Mirza was named one of the “50 heroes of Asia” by TimeIn March 2010, The Economic Times named Mirza in the list of the “33 women who made India proud”To mark the International Day To End Violence Against Women, Mirza was appointed as the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.Here is all about the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award:Presented by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award is the highest honour given for the achievements in sportsNamed after former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, the award was instituted in the year 1991The award was first given to the Indian chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand for the year 1991-92Ronjan Sodhi received this award for Shooting for the year 2012-2013The award wasn’t conferred upon any sportperson for the year 2013-2014.The Government of India also gave off Dronacharya, Arjuna and Dhyan Chand Award to many sports personalities for their contribution to the various sports.Dronacharya Award:advertisementPresented by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, the Dronacharya Award is given for excellence in sports coachingInstituted in the year 1985, the award comprises a bronze sculpture of Dronacharya, a parchment of honour and 300,000 Rupees in cashThe first winners of the Dronacharya award were O.M. Nambiar for Athletics, Om Prakash Bhardwaj for Boxing and Bhalchandra Bhaskar Bhagwat for WrestlingLast year, the award winners were Jose Jacob for Rowing and N. Lingappa for Athletics.Dhyan Chand Award:The highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games, the Dhyan Chand award is given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and SportsThe award has been named after the legendary hockey player Dhyan Chand who is also known as the Wizard of HockeyInitiated in the year 2002, the award comprises of cash prize of Rs 5,00,000, a tablet and a parchment of honourThe first honour was given to Aparna Ghosh for Basketball, Ashok Diwan for Hockey and Shahuraj Birajdar for BoxingLast year, the award winners were Gurmail Singh for Hockey, K.P.Thakkar for Swimming-Diving and Zeeshan Ali for Tennis.last_img read more

Asian Games: India win two silvers in Equestrian

first_imgAsian Games COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENTScenter_img August 26, 2018 India claimed two medals in the equestrian event of the 18th Asian Games with Fouaad Mirza securing the silver in individual jumping event besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition, here today.Mirza won the silver medal with a score of 26.40, while Japan’s Oiwa Yoshiaki clinched the gold with a score of 22.70. China’s Hua Tian Alex finished in third position to win the bronze medal, with a score of 27.10.The Indian team, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh apart from Mirza, also claimed the silver with a score of 121.30. Japan finished on top with a score of 82.40, while Thailand bagged the bronze with a score of 126.70. SHARElast_img read more