Kingfisher Villa’s new owner moves in

first_imgPanaji: Till recently owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya, the Kingfisher villa in North coastal Goa’s Candolim village, may also undergo a name change. Talking to presspersons on the sidelines of his “formal entry” into the approximately three-acre property on Monday, its new owner, actor-businessman Sachiin Joshi, promoter of Viiking Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, said, “A change of name is an eventuality,” but also hinted that no name has been finalised yet. The villa, when owned by Mr. Mallya, has seen many extravagant parties being hosted by the lavish host.Mr. Joshi bought the Kingfisher Villa for ₹73 crore in an auction conducted by the consortium of banks led by State Bank of India to recover part of the ₹9,000 crore which Mr. Mallya owes the banks. “I amhappy to be here and I am feeling nice. It’s a good feeling. It’s a very positive feeling and I guess it’s a mixed bag at this moment,” said Mr. Joshi and promised to let mediapersons know of his future plans. The Kingfisher Villa which has in the past been a venue for some high end VIP marriages and events, comprises magnificent bedrooms, artificial ponds and private swimming pools, open air dance floors, and lush green gardens.last_img read more

Kansas Man Who Killed Indian Engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla Gets Three Life Terms

first_imgAmerican gunman Adam Purinton received three consecutive life sentences for attacking two Indian men in Kansas in 2017, resulting in the death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla. The other Indian national, Alok Madasani, and Kansas resident Ian Grillot were left injured when Purinton opened fire at them at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe on Feb. 22, 2017. Purinton was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty in May to three federal counts, including hate crime and firearm charges.The life sentences will run consecutively to another life sentence that Purinton received in May after he pleaded guilty to a first degree murder and attempt to murder.“The crimes at issue in this case are detestable,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement on Aug.7. “The defendant acted with clear premeditation in murdering one man, and attempting to murder a second man, simply because of their race, religion, and national origin. As a result, a promising young life has been tragically cut short, and other lives have been filled with suffering. Securing this sentence is important not only to the victims and their loved ones, but also to our justice system and our nation as a whole.”None of the victims was present at the time of the judgement. Kuchibhotla’s wife  Sunayana Dumala, who turned 34, on Aug. 7, said in a statement read by the prosecutor that he was kind, caring and always respectful of others. She also had a message for Purinton: “If you could have kept your anger inside and spoke to my husband softly, Srinu would have been more than happy to share his background and help you understand that not every brown-skinned person is suspicious or evil, but kind, smart and contributing to America,” Dumala said. “Instead you chose to rage and bully in anger and when you were stopped, you decided to take their lives.”Purinton had earlier pleaded guilty to hate crime and firearm offenses. The 52-year-old Olathe resident admitted that Kuchibhotla and Madasani were solely targeted for their origin, and that he shot Grillot during an attempt to flee the scene of the crime. The incident took place when Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer with GPS-maker Garmin, was at the bar with his co-worker Madasani for a drink after work. Purinton started verbally assaulting them, asking their nationality, and told them, “Go back to your country.” He was stopped by bar patrons, and escorted out of the building. Later, Purinton returned with a gun, covering his face with a scarf to hide his identity, and forcefully entered the bar, opening fire at the two Indians. Kuchibhotla received four shots and died while Madasani was left injured. Purinton then shot Grillot when he tried to stop him from running away. Purinton was arrested from another bar on Feb.23, where he had informed the bartender that he was running away from police as he had killed “two Iranians.”Kuchibhotla, who was from Hyderabad, moved to the United States to study engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso. Later, he bought a house, got married and planned to start a family, Dumala had earlier said. Related Itemshate crimeKansasSrinivas Kuchibhotlalast_img read more


first_img8th last race: The Dharmapuri Plate, 1200 M. 8th last race: The Dharmapuri Plate, 1200 M.Samburu (M/s ADSilver, A Ganesan, C R Balakumar and J Ramesh) 59.5 S S Azad, firstAlpharetta 58.5 K V Baskar, secondBounty Hunter 60 C A Brisson, thirdTrendsetter 60 s Manohar, fourthAll RanWon by: 1-1/2 L, 3-3/4L, 3/4L.Time : one min, 17 secs.Tote :Rs.90 for win,Rs.15,Rs.Nil and Rs.18 for places.Winner trained by:ADSilverFavourite: Always LoyalSHP: Rs.178 carried overQuinella:Rs.137 carried overForecast: Rs.24 carried overTanala: Rs.663 carried overPTI COR ROH KK ATKlast_img



10 months agoBeye warns PSG of improving Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Beye warns PSG of improving Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle and Marseille fullback Habib Beye has warned PSG over new-look Manchester United.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16 and Beye says United are a different proposition after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He told Canal+: “Manchester United remains a big European club. The truth of today will not be that of February. It is true that this team has changed coach. We must not forget the material it has available. “If tomorrow, these players come back to their best levels, we are facing a very high level team. Alexis Sanchez, (Marcus) Rashford or (Romelu) Lukaku are not at their best. Plus defensively, if they cannot solve their problems, it is a team that is fragile and always will be, even changing coach.” last_img read more

10 months agoNeves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolves

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neves proud playing with Moutinho at Wolvesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRuben Neves admits he’s enjoying playing with Joao Moutinho in the Wolves midfield this season.It has been a thrill for Neves to partner his compatriot after growing up a fan and ball boy at Porto, where Moutinho starred.Neves told the Mirror: “It was really special when he signed here. When I was younger I saw Moutinho playing and he was very good.“He was a reference for me as a ball boy and now to play with him, it is unbelievable.”Swapping Champions League football for the English second tier may have seemed an unusual move but he had his reasons: “The Championship allows you to grow as a player. It is very competitive.” last_img read more

Pak among nations backing India for 2year UNSC term

first_imgUnited Nations: In a highly significant diplomatic win for India and testament to its global stature, India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term has been unanimously endorsed by the Asia-Pacific group at the world body.Elections for five non-permanent members of the 15-nation Council for the 2021-22 term will be held around June next year. “A unanimous step. Asia-Pacific Group @UN unanimously endorses India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council for 2 year term in 2021/22. Thanks to all 55 members for their support,” India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin tweeted Tuesday. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaA video message accompanying Akbaruddi’s tweet said “Asia-Pacific Group endorses India for Non-Permanent Seat of United Nations Security Council. 55 countries, 1 nominee – India for non-permanent seat of UN Security Council Term 2021-2022.” The video message thanked all the countries in the Asia Pacific group for endorsing India’s candidature. Among the 55 countries supporting India’s candidature are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, UAE and Vietnam. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahEach year the 193-member General Assembly elects five non-permanent members for a two-year term at the UN high-table. The five permanent members of the Council are China, France, Russia, UK and the US. The 10 non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis : five for African and Asian States; one for Eastern European States; two for the Latin American and Caribbean States; and two for Western European and other States. Previously, India has been elected as a non-permanent member for the years 1950 1951, 1967 1968, 1972 1973, 1977 1978, 1984 1985, 1991 1992 and most recently in 2011 2012 under the leadership of former Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri. PTIlast_img read more

Designer of Gord Downies suits raises money with keychains built from leftovers

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: After the Hip’s final Kingston, Ont., tour stop in August she says there was extra leather from Downie’s seven suit designs, originally meant for minor repairs and alterations.The leather remaining from Downie’s seven suit designs has been repurposed into 1,000 keychains shaped like guitars and embossed with #courageforgord.Each sold for $25 on the website. Proceeds go to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital.Each of the seven outfits was named after someone who Downie considered instrumental in helping him prepare for the tour.The gold suit was coined “Paul” for Hip bandmate Paul Langlois, the silver suit was dubbed “Patrick” after Downie’s brother and the turquoise suit “Edgar” was dedicated to his father, who died last year.Downie’s assistant “Jenn” has her name tied to the acid green suit while two musical icons also have a nod — the purple suit is called “Prince” and the mirror ball suit is “Bowie.”Camilleri’s hot pink suit design was named after herself.Two custom leather jackets will also be up for auction on the website starting Saturday. Both were created “in the spirit of what she designed for Downie.” One is in metallic silver sized in a men’s large while a metallic pink female version is sized medium.Camilleri says she hopes to raise $25,000 from both the keychains and jackets. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Keychains made from scraps of leather used to tailor Gord Downie’s eye-catching metallic suits were a hot item online Friday.In several hours the limited-edition keychains from fashion designer Izzy Camilleri had sold out on a website raising money for brain cancer research.Camilleri, who created Downie’s look on the Tragically Hip’s “Man Machine Poem” tour, came up with the idea to give fans a souvenir of the singer’s iconic look. Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement GATINEAU, QC, June 26, 2018 /CNW/ – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced the appointment of Christa Dickenson as the new Executive Director of Telefilm Canada for a term of five years, effective July 30, 2018. This appointment is the result of the Government of Canada’s open, transparent and merit-based selection process. Christa Dickenson is the President and CEO of Interactive Ontario. Previously, she served as the organization’s Executive Director from 2014 to 2017. With more than two decades of experience leveraging strategic partnerships and helping generate revenue, sponsorship and fundraising opportunities in her industry, Ms. Dickenson is fully bilingual and has had a successful career spanning cable, telecommunications, broadcast television, and interactive digital media. Prior to joining Interactive Ontario, she worked at Rogers Communications, CPAC and CTV. A highly-effective brand advocate, she possesses an unparalleled talent for innovation and strong business acumen.Ms. Dickenson has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in film and video production and serves on a number of boards and councils, including the Canadian Interactive Alliance, the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Insight Council. She is also a founding member of the Leadership Coaching Council, which provides free executive coaching to charitable organizations across Ontario. Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With:center_img Facebook As the federal cultural agency devoted to the development and promotion of the Canadian audiovisual industry, Telefilm Canada is primarily concerned with the funding of original, diverse, and high-quality productions that reflect Canada’s linguistic duality and cultural diversity. Telefilm Canada is an independent organization within the Canadian Heritage portfolio.Quotes“The Canadian identity spans all forms of art, including the films developed and produced here by our creators. As the new Executive Director of Telefilm Canada, Ms. Dickenson will help Canada’s talent shine at home and around the world. I am confident that her valuable experience will help strengthen our audio-visual industry so more audiences can hear and see our stories.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian HeritageQuick FactsThe Board of Directors of Telefilm Canada is comprised of six members appointed by the Governor in Council and the Government Film Commissioner, who is appointed under the National Film Act. On the recommendation of the Corporation, the Governor in Council may appoint an Executive Director.In 2016, the Government of Canada adopted a new approach to Governor in Council appointments. This approach respects gender parity and is supported by an open, transparent and merit-based selection process; one that will result in the recommendation of exceptionally competent candidates who truly reflect Canada’s diversity.This new approach requires a selection process for the majority of full- and part-time positions.All appointment opportunities for the 18 organizations in the Canadian Heritage Portfolio are posted as they become available on the Governor in Council Appointments website. Interested parties can apply online.Telefilm Canada acts as one of the Canadian government’s principal instruments for providing strategic leverage to the private sector, supplying the film, television and new media industries with financial and strategic support. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Independent UN rights experts speak out against Arizona immigration law

11 May 2010A group of independent United Nations experts today expressed their serious concern over a new immigration law enacted in the state of Arizona, questioning whether the legislation is compatible with international human rights treaties which the United States has signed on to. “A disturbing pattern of legislative activity hostile to ethnic minorities and immigrants has been established with the adoption of an immigration law that may allow for police action targeting individuals on the basis of their perceived ethnic origin,” the experts warned.The new law requires that state law enforcement officers determine the immigration status of people based solely on a “reasonable suspicion” that they are in the US illegally, and arrest people without a warrant if officers have “probable cause” to believe they are illegal aliens.“The law may lead to detaining and subjecting to interrogation persons primarily on the basis of their perceived ethnic characteristics,” the UN experts stressed, with those who appear to be of Mexican, Latin American or indigenous origin at heightened risk of being targeted.In a press release issued in Geneva, the experts called into question the “vague standards and sweeping language” of the Arizona legislation, “which raise doubts about the law’s compatibility with relevant international human rights treaties to which the United States is a party.”The law specifically targets day labourers, criminalizing both undocumented migrants’ efforts to solicit work and people’s attempts to hire them. Under the law, being in the country illegally is punishable by up to six months in jail.The UN experts today pointed out that countries must respect and ensure the human rights of all people under their jurisdiction without discrimination. “Additionally,” they emphasized, “relevant international standards require that detention be used only as an exceptional measure, justified, narrowly tailored and proportional in each individual case, and that it be subject to judicial review.”Around the same time the law was adopted, legislation was passed prohibiting Arizona school programmes “designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group” or that “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of the treatment of pupils as individuals.”The state’s school superintendent, who promoted this legislation, has repeatedly said that the law is targeted at cutting out current ethnic studies programmes featuring the history, social dynamics and cultural patterns of Mexican-Americans.“Such law and attitude are at odds with the State’s responsibility to respect the right of everyone to have access to his or her own cultural and linguistic heritage and to participate in cultural life,” the UN experts underlined. “Everyone has the right to seek and develop cultural knowledge and to know and understand his or her own culture and that of others through education and information.”While recognizing that States have the prerogative to control immigration and take steps to protect their borders, “these actions must be taken in accordance with fundamental principles of non-discrimination and human treatment,” they said.Further, the experts emphasized, “States are obligated to not only eradicate racial discrimination, but also to promote a social and political environment conducive to respect for ethnic and cultural diversity.”The experts signing onto today’s press release are: Jorge Bustamante, Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants; Githu Muigai, Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; James Anaya, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people; Farida Shaheed, Independent Expert in the field of cultural rights; Vernor Muñoz, Special Rapporteur on the right to education; and Gay McDougall, Independent Expert on minority issues. read more

WatchQuebec finance minister says Trumps tariffs having negative impact on the ground

MONTREAL — Quebec’s finance minister says the protectionist measures of the Trump administration are already being felt on the ground in the province.Carlos Leitao says companies in the manufacturing sector that sell or buy steel and aluminum — which have been hit by 25 and 10 per cent tariffs respectively — are facing negative impacts.The minister says he’s also concerned about a slowdown in private investment in Quebec because many may wait due to a concern about ongoing access to the U.S. market.Why steel safeguards may end up becoming just another trade headache for CanadaQuebec sets aside $900 million for companies hurt by U.S. tariffsCanada eyes unprecedented safeguard tariffs on steel importsU.S. President Donald Trump’s statements and actions are also causing uncertainty around the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which until now has been a guarantee of market access in Canada, Mexico and the U.S.While tariffs are a form of intimidation to obtain concessions in NAFTA renegotiations, Leitao says he is not worried about supply management because is not the main U.S. target even if Trump has complained publicly about the Canadian agricultural issue.The provincial minister says changing supply management for dairy and other sectors is “not negotiable.” read more

Barrick explores sale of Zambian copper mine as government looks to boost

TORONTO — Barrick Gold Corp. says it’s exploring all options including the possible sale of its Lumwana mine in Zambia as the government considers increased taxes.While acknowledging that the government is under pressure to increase revenue, company chief operating officer Willem Jacobs said the changes would hit the mine’s profitability.“The proposed changes to taxes and royalties would imperil the mine’s ability to sustain returns to all stakeholders,” he said in a statement Monday. Three gold stocks analysts think will outperform as lustre returns to overlooked sector Why the Newmont-Goldcorp blockbuster deal is in sharp contrast to the Barrick-Randgold merger Barrick Gold’s new CEO dismisses debate over whether company will remain Canadian as ‘hysteria’ Barrick said it continues to engage with Zambia about ways forward for the operation, including a potential partnership approach with an increased stake for the government in the mine’s economic performance.Lumwana produced 256 million pounds of copper in 2017 and had a carrying value of US$849 million that year.Toronto-headquartered Barrick said reports that it has already sold the mine were untrue, but that all options need to be considered given the conditions the mine faces.First Quantum Minerals Ltd., which operates the Kansanshi and Sentinel copper mines in Zambia, said last September that it faces increased tax rates and reduced deductions that would add about 1.8 per cent to its all-in sustaining costs in the country.Barrick, which completed its takeover of Africa-focused Randgold Resources at the start of the year, said it plans to divest some assets as part of the deal.The company is also embroiled in a tax dispute with the government of Tanzania, which handed the company’s Acacia Mining subsidiary with a US$190-billion tax bill in 2017. read more

Peace process in Sierra Leone making remarkable changes Security Council told

Briefing the Council on developments since March, Oluyemi Adeniji, the head of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL), said the UN operation had continued to work closely with the Government of Sierra Leone and had solidified its contacts with the Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Consultations with the parties have included delicate discussions on Kambia district, he said, noting that progress has led to a follow-up to the Abuja Ceasefire Agreement to discuss the practical resumption of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of the RUF in Kambia.The international community must step up its support for the disarmament process, he said, warning that the current programme would run out of funds in August unless the $31 million in additional funding was forthcoming. The Council might wish to back the efforts of Secretary-General Kofi Annan to encourage States to take urgent steps to pledge funds, he said. If the response was not quick enough, the Council might be called on to seek alternative sources of funding. Following Mr. Adeniji’s presentation, Hans Dahlgren, State Secretary for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, briefed Council members on the European Union’s recent mission to Sierra Leone and other countries in the Mano River Union region. He said the mission had found the ceasefire holding and had noted the beginning of dialogue between the RUF and the Government of Sierra Leone. It was too early to be sure, but it seemed as if President Kabbah and his Government were on the right track, and that plans for national elections could soon be implemented, he said. He hoped that the former rebels would be fully integrated, taking into account the need for justice to be done over the atrocities committed. Ambassador Ibrahim Kamara, the Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone, said his country intended to make the best possible use of the unique opportunity provided by the international community’s significant investments. He noted the success achieved in the disarmament programme and said he was especially elated over the release of child soldiers and abductees, whose lives could now be set back on their proper courses. He pointed out, however, the extreme lack of resources for the programme. His Government was currently coming to grips with the magnitude of the problem of reintegration, and had embarked on a short-term reintegration programme for ex-combatants, which should jump-start their absorption into society. However, it must be strongly emphasized to the RUF and the Civil Defence Force (CDF) that the process would not be ongoing, he said, stressing that the support of the international community was crucial. read more

UK economy falls back in fourth quarter with GDP falling 03 pct

LONDON – Britain’s economy contracted by 0.3 per cent in the last three months of 2012, raising the possibility that it might fall back into recession.The Office for National Statistics said Friday that there was no growth in the nation’s big services industry while output of production industries fell by 1.8 per cent, including a 1.5 per cent drop in manufacturing.Britain emerged from a nine-month recession in the third quarter when GDP grew by 0.9 per cent.The GDP figure released Friday is subject to revision. It was the fourth quarter of negative growth out of the past five.If the economy shrinks again in the first quarter of 2013, it will be officially back in recession, technically defined as two consecutive quarters of economic contraction. UK economy falls back in fourth quarter, with GDP falling 0.3 pct AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2013 4:45 am MDT read more

Softball Ohio States season ends after two disappointing losses

OSU then-junior Shelby Hursh (19) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Former Photo EditorOhio State’s softball team began the NCAA tournament oozing confidence after finishing as the runner-up in the Big Ten tournament. But for the second year in a row, its season ended early as the team couldn’t escape the Knoxville Regional. On Friday, OSU (35-18) took on South Carolina-Upstate (45-11), the Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season and tournament champion. After falling behind 2-0, the Buckeyes made a late run as sophomore infielder Lilli Piper hit a two-run home run to tie the game and sophomore second baseman Emily Clark hit a shot over the fence of her own to give OSU a 3-2 lead.The one-run advantage wasn’t enough though, as the Spartans responded with a five-run inning in the final frame, capitalizing on a series of defensive miscues committed by the Buckeyes. OSU committed three fielding errors and two directly led to runs for their opposition. Sophomore pitcher Morgan Ray picked up her fifth loss of the season, though three of the five runs she allowed were unearned.With the loss to Upstate, OSU needed to win its next three games to advance past the regional. The Buckeyes were back in action on Saturday, this time taking on Longwood (29-28), a team that lost 5-0 to No. 8 Tennessee Friday afternoon.The Lancers took the first lead of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when junior outfielder Glenn Walters rapped a double, scoring a run. The next inning, two Longwood players – sophomore catcher Kaylynn Batten and sophomore center fielder Jordan Clark– smacked RBI doubles to give Longwood a 3-0 lead.Unlike in Friday’s game, OSU was unable to rally to take the lead at any point. The Buckeyes scored a single run in the final frame when redshirt sophomore first baseman Alex Vargas hit a double, knocking in a run with two outs. But OSU couldn’t muster any more offense as junior catcher Becca Gavin flew out to end the game and the team’s season. read more

Doctors turn to alcohol and drugs to battle burnout and bullying

first_imgThousands of doctors have turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with burnout and bullying at work, one of Britain’s leading GPs has revealed.A unit set up to help medics with job-related mental health problems found more than a quarter were relying on drinking and prescription medication in order to deal with stress.Dr Clare Gerada, head of the Practitioner Health Programme and former Chair of the Royal College of GPs, warned that working in the NHS is currently “an occupational hazard”, and that without action there “won’t be the staff to work in it”.Funding difficulties, staff shortages and “endless reorganisations” have prompted 10 per cent of London’s 32,000 doctors to seek help from the programme, she said, many of whom are suffering from a condition “virtually identical” to post-traumatic stress disorder.“People are having nightmares, they’re crying on their way to work, having flashbacks,” she said.“What we’re hearing is that these are the canaries in the mine and that the system that is the NHS and that we all love and revere is actually making us sick.”Dr Gerada said alcohol was by far the most common substance of abuse among doctors with addiction problems, although she revealed that, once in treatment, doctors’ six-month abstinence rates are roughly 80 per cent better than those in the general population. Problems often build up, she said, because doctors increasingly lack the time to unwind after traumatic experiences.“Working in A&E you might resuscitate a baby which then dies and then immediately have to pull a splinter out,” she said.She revealed that the Practitioner Health Programme will now be rolled out for GPs across England, a sector that is experiencing a particularly acute recruitment and retention crisis.“It is a major problem and unless we grip it it’s going to destroy the NHS because there won’t be the staff to work in it,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Moneywise this is a whole new stratosphere Can Katie be boxings Ronda

first_img‘Money-wise, this is a whole new stratosphere’ – Can Katie be boxing’s Ronda Rousey? The Irish star’s manager, Brian Peters, chats to The42 about her plans for the future. Katie Taylor suffered disappointment at this summer’s Rio Olympics. Add us: The IABA and the Irish Sports Council have been very good to Katie and she’s been very good for them, and they’ve worked hand in hand to help Katie achieve what she did. But money-wise, you’re into a whole new stratosphere here, this is a whole new ball game altogether.”Peters explains that Taylor’s iconic status on these shores means the decision was a no-brainer from Sky’s perspective.If I was to say to you name the three biggest sports stars ever in Ireland, you’ve got to put in Roy Keane, Brian O’Driscoll… But there are not too many that a six-year-old girl looks up to, that an 86-year-old granny tunes into — women and men — so Katie has kind of an unusually broad spectrum of people that would engage in following her.”The experienced adviser, who also guided Bernard Dunne during his boxing career, feels linking up with with promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing will prove to be an astute move, with Taylor set to make her professional bow on 26 November live on Sky Sports against an as-yet unnamed opponent.(Eddie Hearn’s) got the same vision as ourselves, he’s got the same enthusiasm. Eddie’s certainly got England tied up. He’s one of the biggest promoters in the world… It’s the connections that Eddie has really enable us to fight. “Fighting in Asia, the Scandinavian countries, Las Vegas, New York, Dublin, Eddie can be paramount in all that happening and making that happen. And if we’re all being honest, we don’t know that much about it, but we’re all fairly smart guys and we’ll all learn fairly quick.“I had the pleasure of sitting ringside for (the fight between) Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio and it was boring. The so-called superfight, it took so long, four and a half billion or whatever it grossed, but it was boring, and that’s a label you’d never put on Katie Taylor. Katie, she’s exciting and she entertains, and they’re too very important ingredients for the professional game.” Peters believes Taylor could have a similar impact to UFC star Ronda Rousey (left). Source: Andy BrownbillOn more than one occasion over the course of the interview, Peters mentions UFC fighter Ronda Rousey — arguably the biggest star in MMA, male or female.And Peters believes Taylor has the potential to have a similar impact in the world of pro boxing. He is hopeful that, all going according to plan, Taylor could have a world title shot within “12 months,” adding that she could also move up in the weight divisions to become a multiple champion ultimately.Guillermo Rigondeaux was world champion after seven fights — one of the most highly decorated amateur boxers ever. You have Vasyl Lomachenko, in his second professional fight for the world title.“Katie is right up there with that kind of experience, so she’s not going to be doing the standard four or five years apprenticeship.”Moreover, Peters believes that such instant success coupled with Taylor’s unique appeal could translate the level of renown she enjoys in Ireland to countries across the world.Even in London, a lot of women go to boxing, they doll up, it’s a big night out, they go for dinner first,” he says. “There’s a different culture with boxing over there than there is in Ireland. The big occasions are so regular. At the Gennady Golovkin-Kell Brook fight, all the Game of Thrones cast were there, all the Arsenal soccer heads, so it’s a big deal, more like in America.“When I was going well with Bernard Dunne, you’d see all the stars there, it was an occasion really. I think Katie can replicate that and possibly even up it a notch or two.When I was working out strategy with (former head of RTÉ Sport) Glen Killane, we used to plan it, the Six Nations was on and we used to put the (Bernard Dunne) fight on after. It turns it into an event and people are still talking about it.”Peters explains that Hearn previously offered Taylor — who is currently in a training camp in America — the chance to make her debut at an upcoming event in Monte Carlo, but the Bray native was not ready yet.Consequently, “110% focus and concentration” is now on the Irish star’s much-anticipated bout on 26 November, with details such as the identity of her opponent and who will be in her corner set to be announced at a press conference in Dublin that’s currently “looking like the 17th or 18th (of November)”.(Head of Sky Boxing) Adam Smith can’t wait,” Peters adds. “Already she’s an ambassador for Sky TV and he’s very excited at the thought of it, which after the London 2012 Olympics, they were not. But now they’re showing women’s cricket, women’s soccer is huge. So it’s exciting times.“There was a lot of interest in America, there was a lot of interest all over for Katie, because people know she can change the face of women’s professional boxing.”The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! ‘One page a week on women’s sport is not going to detract from newspapers’ readership‘>From red heads to blue heads: Gazing into the All Blacks’ mental skills> Share18 Tweet Email1 By Paul Fennessy Monday 31 Oct 2016, 10:41 PMcenter_img Oct 31st 2016, 10:41 PM 32 Comments 31,404 Views Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Images Katie Taylor suffered disappointment at this summer’s Rio Olympics. Image: PA Wire/PA Images KATIE TAYLOR IS one of the rare contemporary Irish athletes who transcends the sports pages, so it was no surprise that the news that she was turning professional garnered a huge reaction.And while there was plenty of excitement following the announcement, it was hardly a big surprise.After all, what did Taylor have left to achieve in amateur boxing? In over a decade competing in the sport, she won 168 out of 178 bouts. Her list of titles, meanwhile, is unparalleled and is unlikely to bettered anytime soon.The feats she achieved during this memorable period included an Olympic gold, five World Amateur Championship golds, six European Amateur Championship titles, six European Union golds and a decade ranked at world number one.Her one regret would have been going out of the amateur world on a sour note — a shock defeat by Finnish fighter Mira Potkonen at Rio 2016 meant her dream of winning back-to-back Olympic golds failed to materialise. And as was the case in many other fights at the Rio Games, the decision to award the fight to Potkonen was a controversial one.“Katie won the fight. She had good skills, sidesteps, great punches. What else can she do,” Zaur Antia, the Team Ireland head coach, commented in a post-fight interview with RTÉ.And speaking to recently, promoter Eddie Hearn suggested that the questionable judging played a role in Taylor’s choice to go pro ultimately.The decision came as a blow to the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s High Performance Unit, with Taylor’s fellow Team Ireland stars Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Steven Donnelly also announcing their intention to turn to the professional boxing world following a disappointing Olympics for all concerned.Yet Taylor’s manager, Brian Peters, says she has no regrets about her latest decision and is adamant it’s the right call.“She’s had a huge impact on women’s amateur boxing, and she wants to have the same impact on women’s professional boxing,” he tells The42. “Myself and Eddie certainly believe she will engage a whole new generation of supporters. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Petroleum Industry Challenges Minnesota Biodiesel Program

first_imgA group led by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) has filed a lawsuit against the state of Minnesota’s B10 biodiesel requirement, arguing it violates various federal and state laws.The groups argue that the Minnesota requirement violates the federal Clean Air Act, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the U.S. Constitution and the Minnesota Administrative Procedures Act. The lawsuit also alleges that the mandate is injurious to consumers and businesses and asks for a permanent injunction barring enforcement of the existing mandate and any future expansion of a higher biodiesel ratio.The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on April 17 by the Minnesota Trucking Association, the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, API and AFPM.Commissioners from the state’s pollution control agency, agriculture and commerce departments, along with the director of the commerce department’s weights and measures division, are named as defendants in a lawsuit filed April 17 by API and AFPM—the muscle driving this lawsuit—claim that the state mandate is in opposition to the RFS, which API and AFPM clearly want repealed.“[The RFS] prohibits EPA from imposing any per-gallon biodiesel content requirements,” the lawsuit states. “The Minnesota mandate flies in the face of the federal program by removing the flexibility that federal law provides to obligated parties—dictating exactly where, when, and how much biodiesel must be blended.”Since 2009, Minnesota has required the blending of biodiesel. Last July, the state blending ratio increased from 5 percent to 10 percent for part of the year, and eventually could rise to 20 percent. It remains at B-5 from October to March.The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA), in coordination with the National Biodiesel Board and industry stakeholders, are tracking the issue closely and MSGA issued the following statement:“The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is proud of the implementation of B10 and how our state regulators have implemented this change. Not only do Minnesota soybean farmers produce the feed-stock for biodiesel, more than 24,000 farmers use biodiesel in their farm operations and to haul the goods of Minnesota’s second largest industry. Change is often difficult, but Minnesotans voted for change because Minnesotans wanted a cleaner, renewable fuel. Recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as an advanced biofuel for its ability to reduce greenhouse gasses by more than 50 percent, biodiesel is a true renewable fuel alternative that promotes clean air. The current use of biodiesel blends in Minnesota is equal to removing 128,000 vehicles from the state’s roads, and biodiesel is an important driver of jobs in Minnesota.”last_img read more