Parker will put his WBO strap on the line at the Principality Stadium, while Joshua’s IBF and WBA belts will also be draped around the victor on March 31.The pair will finally come together after months of negotiations between the representatives of both camps, the bout confirmed early in 2018.Ahead of the fight Joshua said he hoped Parker would be fit enough to go the distance in their 12-round contest, and Parker has provided an update that should please the British boxer.”Training has gone really good,” he told Sky Sports News at his Las Vegas training camp.”Everything is on track. We’ve got a good structure and a good plan.”Going into camp, everything is all good, everyone is happy. Just got to put in the work and prepare for March 31.” Weekend begins #ParkerJoshua pic.twitter.com/1C4qAtWbQL— Joseph Parker (@joeboxerparker) February 10, 2018 Photo Getty Images. Caption: Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker
Over one year has passed since the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has been without a chairman and there is no clear indication as to whether this issue could be resolved any time soon.Former Presidential Advisor Gail Teixeira is of the opinion that the issue is not being handled with any level of urgency and importance, noting that it is not just another ordinary issue.The Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) told the recently-concluded 2017Former Presidential Advisor Gail TeixeiraGuyana Business Summit that how this matter was being handled had a lot to do with governance of the country.The slothfulness, according to her, creates a certain image for Guyana, and this may, to some extent, cause investors to lose interest in starting up businesses here. But there are also other far-reaching implications if Guyana continues down the path of becoming politically unstable.“We cannot go in the 10th month and have no chairman for GECOM,” she argued.Teixeira explained that there was currently no continuous registration and people could not get registered because it was the Chairman of GECOM who would sign the order to start that process. The GECOM Chairman is also responsible for giving approval for elections and to have both a preliminary and final voters list.Further, the Opposition Chief Whip said she also disagreed with the arguments presented by United States Ambassador Perry Holloway, who recently opined that GECOM was not at a “crisis point yet”, even though it has been without a chairperson since Dr Steve Surujbally resigned in November 2016.Teixeira told the recent Business Summit, “I don’t care if the US Ambassador says that the GECOM is not in crisis. He is not Guyanese; he is not going to vote in these elections. We are.”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has so far submitted three lists of six candidates each to President David Granger, two of which have since been rejected by the President.The President is currently reviewing the third list, which was submitted to him in late August.The third list comprises former GECOM Chairman, Major General (retired) Joseph Singh; Attorneys Teni Housty and Sanjeev Datadin; businesswoman Annette Arjoon-Martins; Pastor Onesi La Fleur and former Magistrate Krishendatt Persaud.President Granger has continuously said that the list submitted by the Opposition Leader must match the criteria set out in Article 161 (2) of the Constitution for the selection of a “fit and proper” person to fill the post. He said he was looking at the third list critically and would make his decision based on advice received.Acting Chief Justice Roxane Wiltshire, in her written ruling which was handed down recently, had found that Granger’s case proved to be irrational, highlighting that while the Constitution states that nominees for the post should be a judge, former judge or someone eligible to be a judge, the first two categories are not compulsory.Furthermore, she noted that the term “any other fit and proper person” allowed more space to select the six candidates, while highlighting that “there is no mandatory category”.President Granger has already rejected two lists and is currently considering the third list, all of which had been supplied by the Opposition Leader following consultations with sections of civil society.Jagdeo opined that the President was merely engaging in diversionary tactics when it was reported that he was ‘dead set’ on appointing a fit and proper person, saying “whoever claimed in this country that the ruling interfered with his authority to appoint a fit and proper person, definitely not the Chief Justice and I did not say that.”A meeting between President Granger and the Opposition Leader is yet to be finalised.
Ryad Boudebouz 1 Real Betis have made a £6.25million offer for Newcastle United and Swansea City target Ryad Boudebouz.The 27-year-old was in fine form for Montpellier last season and ended the campaign with 11 Ligue goals.Now, the Algerian is looking for a fresh challenge and he has attracted plenty of interest from clubs in England.Newcastle and Swansea are both actively tracking Boudebouz, but he has also been linked to West Ham in the past.But, according to France Football, it is Real Betis who have acted first by submitting a £6.25m formal offer for the attacking midfielder.The Spanish club are hoping to steal a march on their rivals by placing the bid, however their actions could spark more approaches for the player.As well as having admirers in England, Boudebouz is attracting interest from German club Bayer Leverkusen and Italian side Sampdoria.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has impressed on loan at Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson has admitted Crystal Palace would love to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a permanent basis.He has also warned any potential bidders for Wilfried Zaha that they are wasting their time.Both Loftus-Cheek and Zaha have been instrumental in the remarkable improvement seen since Hodgson’s appointment as manager, in which Palace have climbed to mid-table from near-certainties for relegation.If Zaha has produced the finest and most consistent form of his career, Loftus-Cheek – on loan from Chelsea – has emerged as one of England’s most exciting prospects and made his senior international debut.Chelsea’s signing of Ross Barkley may further reduce Loftus-Cheek’s first-team prospects there.Asked about the 21-year-old midfielder, Hodgson said: “He’s a player we’d like to have at our club, there’s no doubt about that.“Ruben’s a player we like very much. We’re very impressed with him, delighted with the way he’s developed as a player during the time he’s been here. I’m pretty sure that if he’s ever available for sale, we would certainly be in there with our hand up as one of the potential buyers.“It could well be that Chelsea would like to have both Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in their team. I wouldn’t mind both in my team, anyway.“I didn’t know until this morning that Ross Barkley is possibly signing for Chelsea.”Zaha has been the subject of even greater praise than Loftus-Cheek, but at a time when Palace intend on strengthening their squad, Hodgson insists the club’s chairman Steve Parish has told him the 25-year-old forward will not be sold.“People who make offers for Wilfried Zaha are basically wasting their time,” said Hodgson, whose team play Brighton in the FA Cup on Monday.“I’m certainly not expecting it. I have it on very clear authority from the chairman and owners of the club that they have no interest in selling Wilfried Zaha: quite the opposite.“Our job is to keep all of the players we’ve got, who’ve been doing reasonably well for us in the past few weeks, to keep all of them, keep them fit, and add to it, and make ourselves stronger.“I would advise people thinking of making offers to save it, because they’re going to be turned away, and might just be wasting the price of a phone call.” 1
A local school sports program has been singled out as an example of excellence in sportsmanship and has been named a Champion of Character in sports from the Indiana High School Athletic Association.Salem High School is one of 19 schools in Indiana to receive the Champions of Character sportsmanship honor for the 2015-16 school year and has been named a 5 Star Leadership School. SHS Athletic Director Hank Weedin had received word about a week ago that the school had received that along with another honor.“[Last week] I received my second email from the IHSAA concerning our girls soccer team coached by Tom Scifres and assistant coach Doug Morgan,” said Weedin. “I was notified that we received our 2nd Exemplary Sportsmanship report. To receive one during the season is great. To receive 2 during a season (after actually only 3 games!) is awesome.”Weedin said typically, if a school receives 1 or 2 of these in a year (all sports combined) they are doing well.An Exemplary Sportsmanship report can be filed by an official, opposing coach, etc. through the IHSAA.This is done when the person making the recommendation sees great sportsmanship in a team and/or the team’s coach.“Thank you Coach Scifres and Coach Morgan for your leadership and commitment to great sportsmanship and to the young ladies who carry this commitment out on the playing field,” said Weedin.Weedin said Salem High School was one of only 53 schools in the IHSAA last year to receive the Sportsmanship Award and will be receiving a banner to display recognizing our effort. There are over 400 schools in the IHSAA.In fact, since he received that news, it’s been clarified.“We just received word from IHSAA that we are actually 1 of only 19 schools to receive Champions of Character sportsmanship honor for the 2015-16 school year. The number I had originally received (53) meant that 53 schools had reached the first 2 steps. They did not complete the final 3 steps,” explained Weedin.“I Was proud of our coaches and players when we were only 1 of 53 schools. I’m even more proud of the fact that there were only 18 other schools out of over 400 to reach this plateau,” he said.Champions of Character is a process designed to create a character-driven athletics and activities program one student, one parent and one coach at a time.At a time when sports and society are experiencing increasingly abhorrent behavior, Champions of Character provides the training and resources to help those who work in athletics make character development a priority.Champions of Character was developed by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, (NAIA), which has been formally teaching character through athletics since 2000.The program provides the framework for a partnership with the Indiana High School Athletic Association to recognize schools that are dedicated to leadership and character development.The Champions of Character IHSAA Five-Star Leadership School Award program addresses the essential knowledge and skills needed to develop leaders and a character-driven high school athletic and activities program.The program introduces a range of topics of interest to athletes, activities participants, parents and coaches who want to be successful.This program will contribute to a positive high school experience and promote character-driven high school activities.This Champions of Character presentation includes:Explanation of the five components of the IHSAA programRequirements for reporting to the IHSAAResources to support IHSAA member schools with the program All IHSAA member schools have the opportunity to earn the Champions of Character IHSAA Five-Star Leadership School Award.Those schools that complete the requirements will receive a championship banner to hang in their gymnasiums, a digital banner to post on their website, and extensive community recognition.To earn the award, a school must:Star 1 — An accumulation of 95 out of 100 points must be achieved by the member school. Each member school begins the year with 100 points. With ejections or violations, points are subtracted. Points may be added with the completion of items below in order to reach the 95-100 total. Star 2 — Develop a Sportsmanship/Leadership/Citizenship message via a committee comprised of student athletes, parents, and staff.Star 3 — Disseminate your Sportsmanship/Leadership/Citizenship message to your entire communityStar 4 — Require your head coaches to complete the online Champions of Character Character-Driven Coaching course onlineStar 5 — Show a minimum of one chapter of the Champions of Character video series to all participating student athletes, parents and coaches.
A New York woman was charged Monday with trying to walk out of Target without paying for nine cases of beer. Danielle Rahmatulla faces a petit larceny charge after police were called to the Niagara Falls Boulevard store at about 1:30 PM, according to a city police report.Rahmatulla, 52, of Welch Avenue, was accused of walking past the store’s checkout area with $193.41 worth of beer before she was stopped by someone from the store’s loss prevention staff, according to the report. The report did not… Buffalo News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
SKA Organisation Artist’s rendition of SKA’s planned 15-meter dishes The world’s largest radiotelescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), will be built in two places at once, planners announced today. SKA’s partners decided to capitalize on investments already made at the two candidate sites—in Australia/New Zealand and South Africa—by having each site focus on different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. The Australia/New Zealand array, with its focus in Murchison, Western Australia, will concentrate on low frequencies, below 500 megahertz (MHz). The South African array, centered in the Karoo desert in the Northern Cape, will observe in the middle and high frequencies above 500 MHz. “The members agreed this was the best way forward,” says Michiel van Haarlem, interim director general of the SKA Organization. “It’s a scheme we’ve only really developed over the last month or so. 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The two-site plan will modestly increase the cost of the €1.5 billion project, he notes, but says that is “a price worth paying.” The idea of SKA is to create a radiotelescope with a collecting area of 1 square kilometer. It will involve thousands of dishes and other antennas spread over an area thousands of kilometers across. South Africa has teamed with eight other countries in Africa and the Indian Ocean to get the required reach. Both of the bidders are already building so-called precursor arrays to demonstrate their capabilities and these will now be incorporated into the two SKA arrays. South Africa’s MeerKAT array will eventually comprise 64 dish antennas. Phase I of SKA, which is slated to begin in 2016, will add another 190 dishes, ultimately creating a 254-strong array that will focus on high-sensitivity deep observations. Australia’s SKA Pathfinder will have 36 dishes; an additional 60 will be added in phase I. The Australian team has pioneered the use of a new kind of detector on its dishes called a phased-array feed, which is specially suited to carrying out high-speed surveys, so that will be the focus of the Australian dishes. Dish antennas are best at high frequencies. For middle and low frequencies, however, SKA will use simple static antennas called aperture arrays. The middle-frequency-aperture arrays will be built in South Africa, and the low-frequency arrays will be sited in Murchison. A prototype called the Murchison Widefield Array is already under construction at the Australian site. Van Haarlem says that the two arrays will be managed as one instrument, although they will be able to act independently and make separate observations. He says that SKA’s member countries (Canada, China, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand) will spend the next 6 months working out how to incorporate the precursor arrays into SKA and fine-tuning the cost implications of having two sites. “The member states will have had to bite the bullet on the extra cost,” says Zijlstra. But after a tense few months coming to decision, “everyone is just relieved,” he says.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Groups I, II and III, Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report. ↩︎ This piece was written with Pablo Torres, Intern at the World Resources Institute.During Climate Week 2011, business, government, non-profit, and civil society leaders from around the world are convening in New York City to drive a ‘clean energy revolution’. Not surprisingly, innovation in clean technologies is a common theme among many of the events.In most models of a low-carbon future, innovation is assumed to occur and to reduce costs over time.1 There has been less focus on how to ensure this innovation takes place and is most effective. That is the focus of WRI’s new working paper, Two Degrees of Innovation: How to Seize the Opportunities in Low-Carbon Power.While increasing the deployment of these technologies will help drive down the cost, it will not automatically bring the performance improvements, like reduced environmental impact, that we also need. As seen in the recent concerns about pollution from solar panel manufacturing in China, it is important for regulators to work with these technologies to reduce the waste streams, improve their resource efficiency, and limit their impact overall. Innovation can improve performance by:Making low-carbon power generation more efficient. For example, innovation that improves the efficiency of photovoltaic panels reduces the amount of land surface that is necessary for utility-scale solar-powered electricity generation. Innovation in second-generation cellulosic ethanol reduces the amount of arable land, water, and fertilizer needed to grow crops for biofuel.Making renewable energy technologies safer and higher quality. For example, innovation that strengthens wind turbines to better withstand strong winds, reduces their noise, and extends their lifespan increases their safety and makes it easier to live near them.Making sure low-carbon power generation is effectively reducing net lifecycle GHG emissions. For example, adding low-carbon power to the grid through a new concentrating solar power plant or a new wind farm only makes a difference in pollution if the operator of the grid chooses power down a fossil fuel power plant – and that in turn requires innovations in power storage and the grid connection equipment used by the renewable technologies.This need to consider innovation in performance as well as cost points to the importance of considering the whole innovation ecosystem. One element of a healthy ecosystem is a market – such as those created by renewable portfolio standards – that drives down cost. But just as important is a regulatory environment that addresses the emerging challenges that come with new technologies, like new waste streams. Similarly, building the competence of the work force in this sector to address health and human safety and ecosystem protection is critical to making gains in environmental performance and public acceptance. As policymakers consider the seven functions of a healthy innovation ecosystem outlined in WRI’s research, they have the opportunity to accelerate both the necessary cost reductions and the critical performance improvements in low-carbon technologies.Functions of a Healthy Innovation EcosystemFunctionDefinitionCreating and sharing new knowledgeBringing new knowledge to the sector from all sources and ensuring that knowledge spreads effectively.Building competence Competence building—creating a skilled labor force—is fundamental.Creating collaborative networksNetworks are a fundamental tool for knowledge dissemination and creating the contacts innovators need to be successful. Developing infrastructureInnovation in this sector requires significant public infrastructure. Providing financeInnovators often need access to capital in order to realize their solutions, whether they are a new manufacturing process or a different wind farm configuration. Establishing governance and the regulatory environmentAn innovation process is more likely to succeed when the rules of the game are clear and consistent. Creating marketsPolicymakers have a strong hand in creating the power market and have a wide range of tools, from public awareness to mandates to government procurement.WRI has designed a framework to help policymakers build or strengthen a dynamic innovation ecosystem in the low-carbon power sector. This framework is summarized in a recent piece on innovation and also described at length in WRI’s new working paper, Two Degrees of Innovation: How to Seize the Opportunities in Low-Carbon Power.No Time to WasteTime is of essence to embrace a clean technology revolution driven by innovation. The ever-increasing annual measures of CO2 in the atmosphere and the mounting evidence of ongoing fundamental climate changes suggest the window for transformation is very small.2 In addition to the climate and environmental benefits, governments and the private sector can achieve additional economic growth, energy security, and development benefits from investing in innovation. The faster we accelerate clean technology innovation, the sooner all these benefits will be realized. Tom Kerr, Technology Roadmap: Carbon capture and storage, Technology Roadmaps (Paris, France: International Energy Agency, 2009), https://www.iea.org/papers/2009/CCS_Roadmap.pdf; Paolo Frankl et al., Technology Roadmap: Solar photovoltaic energy, Technology Roadmaps (Paris, France: International Energy Agency, 2010), https://www.iea.org/papers/2010/pv_roadmap.pdf; Hugo Chandler, Technology Roadmap: Wind Energy, Technology Roadmaps (Paris, France: International Energy Agency, 2009), https://www.iea.org/Papers/2009/Wind_Roadmap.pdf. ↩︎
TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal concerned by Eddie Nketiah treatment at Leedsby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are weighing up cutting short the loan of Eddie Nketiah at Leeds United.The Sun says the Gunners are considering cutting Nketiah’s loan spell at Leeds short amid concerns over his playing time.The 20-year-old is yet to play 90 minutes in the Championship for Leeds this season with Patrick Bamford currently Marcelo Bielsa’s preferred option.Nketiah has managed four goals in eight games for the club despite being restricted to substitute and cup appearances, and now faces an uncertain future at Elland Road.Bristol City will be offered a second chance to sign Nketiah, having missed out on his signing in the summer, should Arsenal decide to terminate his loan at Leeds.Arsenal have the option to recall the striker in January and will activate the clause if Leeds continue to deprive him of regular first-team action.