Almost two years after earthquake, Haiti shows signs of progress, says UN official

first_img 9 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional Almost two years after earthquake, Haiti shows signs of progress, says UN official by: – November 30, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Nigel Fisher. Image via: cbc.caNEW YORK, USA — Almost two years after the devastating earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, Haiti is showing remarkable signs of progress, a United Nations official said on Tuesday, stressing that reconstruction efforts need to be put into context to assess their effectiveness. Nigel Fisher, deputy special representative of the secretary-general for Haiti, told reporters in New York that there have been significant advances on education, health, job creation, and infrastructure, among other sectors, through effective reconstruction projects. Fisher emphasized that to be able to provide an integral picture of the situation in Haiti, pre-earthquake conditions need to be considered. Before the earthquake, Haiti was already the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Fisher said. “Three quarters of the population earned and still earn less than two dollars a day, 70 percent did not have stable jobs, more than half of children did not go to school, and the great majority – about 70 to 80 percent – had no access to electricity, and only five percent of roads were in decent condition.“The earthquake highlighted decades of chronic political instability, lack of basic social services and economic opportunities that left so many Haitians in deep poverty and chronic vulnerability,” Fisher added, stressing it was against this backdrop that the international community and the government responded. However, Fisher said that large-scale recovery projects that were already starting to have a visible impact in the country. “In July 2010, 1.5 million Haitians were sheltered in camps receiving clean water, food, medical care and access to latrines. Today, 500,000 people are still in those camps. While this is still a significant number, it represents a two-thirds reduction in just over a year,” he said. Fisher stressed that even as things improve, aid is still needed to continue the work carried out so far. “Even as housing and resettlement programmes accelerate, thousands of people still have basic social needs at a time when humanitarian funding is decreasing and too many partners are closing essential operations.” Regarding the cholera epidemic last year, Fisher said that a national response system and an alert system are now in place, and that fatality rates have dropped to just over one percent. He also addressed criticism of aid distribution as being too slow by pointing out that 88 per cent out of the $4.6 billion in aid pledged by countries last year, have already been dispersed or committed to specific programmes for transport, debris removal, education, job creation, water and sanitation, public administration, health, housing, energy, among other areas. Fisher underscored that there is still much to be done on all fronts in the country, but urged countries to see the bigger picture, and keep supporting Haiti in the long-term. Progress should be put into context, he said. As an example, he said Haiti has managed to get rid of almost 50 percent of debris, equivalent to five million cubic metres. In contrast, it took five and a half years to remove 1.3 million cubic metres in Aceh after it was hit by a tsunami in 2006. “The suggestion that no progress has been achieved is to paint a false picture,” Fisher said, adding that continued support will make it possible for the country to achieve further advances. Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Rogers holds on for RPM checkers

first_imgBy Mike HughesHAYS, Kan. (April 11) – After four runner-up finishes already in 2015, Jason Rogers finally made it to victory lane in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division but had to hold off Chad Sterling to do it on opening night at RPM Speedway.Sterling led the opening lap before Rogers took the lead on lap two.  Rogers was able to hold on to the front spot with Sterling trying high and low to make a pass. As the lead duo came out of turn four to the checkers, Sterling made a charge but came up half a car length short as Rogers held on.Shaylon Holloway finished third.More than 100 race teams were on hand for the Saturday show at Hays.Cody Gearhart led all 20 laps in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature and finished a straightaway ahead of Joe Cleveland.Defending track champion Tyler Frye of Belleville started the points season with a trip to victory lane in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event. He passed lap one leader Nate Ginest on the second circuit and never looked back.Garrett Hager led all 20 laps to win the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Art Herzog of Hays was another defending track champion who won the main event in his respective division, the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

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Two Dead, One Injured in TX Church Shooting

first_imgTwo people are confirmed dead and another has been injured, in a shooting at a church in Fort Worth, Texas.The shooting occurred at about 11:30 a.m. at the West Freeway Church.One person was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second victim succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital.Authorities believe the shooter is dead.This is a developing story.last_img

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Cricket News Virat Kohli’s India achieve rare distinction in double declaration vs Australia in Boxing Day Test

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team declared early on day 4 of the Boxing Day Test against Australia after they had reached 106/8, with Pat Cummins taking his career-best haul of 6/27. India set Australia a target of 399 but the Indian team achieved a rare distinction in Melbourne. In the first innings, they had reached 443/7 declared thanks to Cheteshwar Pujara’s 106 and fifties from Mayank Agarwal (76), Virat Kohli (82) and Rohit Sharma (63*). This was only the third time in their cricketing history that India had declared twice in the Test match in an overseas tour. Out of the three, this was the second time that they had achieved the feat in Australia.Before the Melbourne Test, India had declared twice overseas for the first time during the Sydney game in 2004. Sachin Tendulkar’s brilliant, unbeaten 241, combined with VVS Laxman’s 178 helped India reach 705/7 declared, which is their second-highest overseas score in a Test match. In the second innings, Rahul Dravid’s 91* and another aggressive 60* from Tendulkar helped India to 211/2 declared but the match ended in a draw as Australia held on to give Steve Waugh a bittersweet farewell.Read More |Yearender 2018: Virat Kohli’s list of dodgy decisions hurt IndiaThe second instance was in the 2007 Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Sachin Tendulkar (101) and Sourav Ganguly (100) helped India to 382/8 declared and they managed a lead of 144 runs after bowling Bangladesh out for 238. In the second innings, in the quest for quick runs, India lost wickets but they declared at 100/6 to set Bangladesh a target of 250 runs but the hosts held on for a draw.Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score: Bumrah strikesOverall, there have been six instances of overseas teams declaring twice in a Test in Australia. West Indies were the first to achieve this feat when they scored 350/6 and 124/5 declared in Sydney to secure a 30-run win in 1931. England declared twice in a Test in 1986 at WACA, Perth while New Zealand also achieved a double declaration feat in 2001 also at the WACA. South Africa declared twice in 2006 in Sydney but they still lost the game.India would be hoping that they can secure a win in a double declaration for the first time in their history in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Shelby Harris counting his blessings, not his lost millions

first_imgMore AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “I think eventually there will be,” Harris said. “I just don’t know how much of it there will actually be of football. With training camp, obviously no vets like training camp. Obviously, you want to go out there and work, but you want to be safe. You want to do your part for the community just like they’re doing their part for us — social distancing and stuff. “However long this needs to go, I’m all for it. It’s about the masses not just the single person. I’m worried about people bringing it to my grandma, bringing it to my mom, bringing it to my family. I just think the most important thing right now is just to focus on social distancing. Also, I feel like we have to give our thanks out to the nurses and the doctors and the first responders and everyone who has the essential jobs. … There are literally people putting their lives and their family on the line so that we can somehow live.” ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___ Shelby Harris counting his blessings, not his lost millions Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditAURORA, Colo. (AP) — Shelby Harris is counting his blessings and not his lost millions.“I’m just happy to have a job. There are millions of Americans who have lost their jobs because of this,” the sixth-year defensive tackle said of the coronavirus pandemic during a conference call Friday, a week after agreeing to return to the Denver Broncos on a team-friendly contract.Harris’ one-year deal is worth $2.5 million with a chance to earn another $750,000 in bonuses. It represents only a slight increase from his pay last year and is the most stunning move by the Broncos during a busy offseason. Associated Press center_img Harris and the Broncos expected to part ways after last season. Harris figured to command about $9 million annually on the open market after posting a career-best six sacks and leading the league’s defensive linemen with nine batted-down passes in 2019. Last month, the NFL prohibited teams from meeting face to face with free agents and college prospects as the virus, which causes the disease COVID-19, began to spread rapidly across the globe.With the usual wine-and-dine tours scuttled in favor of interactions on Skype or Zoom, the market was suddenly suppressed for lots of lower-tier free agents such as Harris and ex-teammate Derek Wolfe, who agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Baltimore shortly after Harris agreed to stay in Denver.Asked about that effect, Harris pointed to the millions of workers laid off as the virus has wrecked the global economy.“I can’t get mad about how things happen … when there are so many people in the world and in America right now who can’t even say they have a job because they lost it because of the coronavirus,” Harris said. “I’m just happy that I’m able to say that I have a job.” Like so many sports fans who are making do without the daily diversions of games, Harris said he’s focusing on his family during these strange times where he can’t even work out with his teammates.“Really for me I think this is a great opportunity to get close with your family again,” Harris said. “I just found out my oldest daughter, her school just got canceled for the rest of the year. It’s really just being at home and being with the family. We made a little gym in the basement where I can still get the work in and just stay ready.”While part of his day is spent working out, “we’ve been blessed to have (this time) together because usually during this time I would be home and the kids would be at school and my wife would be doing something,” Harris said. “Now we’re kind of just all forced to be together. I’m cooking dinner every night.” The virus causes mild symptoms in many of those infected, but it can cause severe symptoms or death for some, including older adults and those with underlying medical conditions such as respiratory ailments. Most Americans are under some sort of shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders to try to keep hospitals from getting overwhelmed.Offseason training is already pushed back and with professional baseball, basketball and hockey on hiatus, some observers are starting to wonder if there will even be a football season this fall. April 3, 2020last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNBA-NEWS Clippers’ Williams will serve 10-day quarantine, miss games LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA said Sunday that Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers is being quarantined for 10 days because of his trip out of the league’s bubble last week to attend a family member’s funeral. He will miss at least two of the Clippers’ seeding games, including their July 30 opener against the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s possible he could miss more than two since his likely release will be Aug. 4, the day of the Clippers’ third seeding game. The issue was not that Williams left the bubble but that he also went to a club on that trip to Atlanta, and photographs of that visit appeared on social media. That prompted an investigation by NBA security. July 26, 2020 In other NBA news: — Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) is hurting, and that’s a cause for concern as the Philadelphia 76ers get set to restart their season this week. The All-Star starting center sat out Philadelphia’s scrimmage against Oklahoma City on Sunday with right calf tightness, something 76ers coach Brett Brown hopes is merely a minor blip. Embiid has an extensive injury history and has never appeared in more than 64 games in a regular season. He missed 21 of Philadelphia’s 65 games this season before the March 11 shutdown. — Boston’s Kemba Walker and Phoenix’s Ricky Rubio were back in action Sunday, going head-to-head in a Celtics-Suns scrimmage. Both missed the first scrimmages with their teams inside the NBA bubble last week. Walker missed the first scrimmage with left knee soreness. Rubio was a late arrival at Disney and the Suns wanted to get him a couple of more practices before he saw any scrimmage action. NHL-NEWS Arizona GM steps down Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEYanks take series from NatsUNDATED (AP) — Gleyber Torres had the big hits as the New York Yankees took the rubber match of their three-game series with the defending World Series champs. — The Braves torched the Mets, 14-1 behind Dansby Swanson, who was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and five RBIs. Marcel Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh), Austin Riley and Ozzie Albies also went deep as Atlanta easily captured the rubber match of the three-game set. Rick Porcello was rocked for six earned runs over just two innings in his Mets debut.— Tyler Chatwood pitched three-hit ball over six innings of the Cubs’ 9-1 thumping of the Brewers. Willson Contreras smacked an RBI double in the Cubs’ four-run fourth and a long solo homer in the seventh. Ian Happ added a two-run drive in the eighth and Anthony Rizzo belted a solo shot one out later. — Colin Moran and Jose Osuna homered as the Pirates got their first win under new manager Derek Shelton, 5-1 versus the Cardinals. Shelton also was involved in the majors’ first socially-distanced umpire argument as he and plate umpire Jordan Baker each wore face coverings while jawing six feet apart. Winning pitcher Mitch Heller allowed a run and three hits over five innings to help Pittsburgh beat St. Louis for just the second time in their last 14 meetings.— The Mariners finally beat the Astros for the first time in 16 tries as Kyle Lewis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning of Seattle’s 7-6 verdict over Houston. The Mariners trailed by 1 entering the eighth until Shed Long Jr.’s run-scoring single tied it at 5 with one out. Tim Lopes had three hits and scored twice for Seattle, which went 1-18 versus the Astros last year.— The Twins regained their power stroke as Jake Cave hit a grand slam and Nelson Cruz homered twice in a 14-2 assault on the White Sox. Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the reigning AL Central champion Twins, who set a major league record for home runs last year. Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) allowed two runs and struck out six in five innings to win his Minnesota debut. Associated Press Adam Long took second after a 64. Richy Werenski shared the lead with Thompson after both Friday and Saturday before shooting a 70 to fall into a tie for third at minus-16.Tony Finau finished in the third-place group after a 68. — Kevin Kiermaier’s first hit of the season was a two-run triple in the 10th inning that gave the Rays a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays. The Rays scored twice in the ninth to force extra innings, then fell behind again 5-4 when Blue Jays pinch-runner Santiago Espinal stole third base and scored on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s sacrifice fly. Ji-Man Choi hit a solo homer and worked out a bases-loaded walk in Tampa Bay’s two-run ninth.— The Orioles earned a 7-4 victory against the Red Sox as Rio Ruiz and Anthony Santander each belted two-run homers. José Iglesias added four hits as the Birds beat the Bosox for the second straight game following a 13-2 loss on opening day. Baltimore’s Wade LeBlanc gave up two home runs but settled down over 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits while striking out four.— Brian Anderson and Miguel Rojas each hit three-run homers to power the Marlins to an 11-6 rout of the Phillies. Miami rallied from 4-0 and 5-4 holes to rough up embattled Phillies starter Vince Velasquez and four relievers. The Marlins took the rubber match despite the absence of hurler Jose Urena, who was scratched about 90 minutes before the first pitch amid concerns of a team outbreak of the coronavirus.— The Tigers pulled out a 3-2 win over the Reds on C.J. Cron’s tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning. Detroit rallied after Cincinnati starter Trevor Bauer matched a career high with 13 strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Spencer Turnbull pitched one-run ball over five innings for the Tigers in his first start since he went 3-17 with a 4.61 ERA last season.— The Indians were 9-2 winners over the Royals in Carlos Carrasco’s first start since being diagnosed with leukemia over a year ago. Carrasco struck out 10 in six-plus innings, and José Ramírez homered twice in the rubber match of the series. Ramírez hit a three-run homer left-handed in the fourth and added a solo shot from the right side in the sixth. UNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes aren’t very happy with John Chayka’s decision to step down just a week after the team opens the Stanley Cup qualifiers against Nashville.The Coyotes issued a statement saying they are disappointed in his actions and his timing of the resignation. They added that “Chayka has chosen to quit on a strong and competitive team, a dedicated staff, and the Arizona Coyotes fans, the greatest fans in the NHL.”Chayka made a name for himself as one of the NHL’s top general managers since being promoted in 2016 and recently signed a contract extension through 2024 late last year. His relationship with new owner Alex Meruelo began to deteriorate when he asked for permission to pursue another, non-NHL opportunity. The Arizona Republic reported Chayka was not invited to a recent dinner with Meruelo and new CEO Xavier Gutierrez to talk with Taylor Hall about a contract extension. In other NHL news: — Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won’t travel with the team to the NHL’s Eastern Conference “secure zone” in Toronto because of a personal matter. General manager Julien BriseBois (BREEZ’-bwah) says Hedman will go from his home to the rink and back and avoid the general public in Florida this week before joining his teammates. He’s expected to be able to practice upon arrival and play in Tampa Bay’s first playoff game Aug. 3. The Rangers said the 34-year-old Kluber reported feeling the tightness in the first few pitches and it got worse as the inning progressed. He was examined by a team doctor and will be further evaluated Monday. In other MLB news: — Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez says he is awaiting results of additional testing after doctors recently discovered an issue with his heart they believe is a result of his recent bout with COVID-19. The 27-year-old left-hander tested positive for the coronavirus before the start of summer camp, but was cleared and returned to workouts on July 18. He hasn’t had another positive coronavirus test, but said an MRI revealed a condition called myocarditis, that the team’s medical staff felt was serious enough to shut him down for at least a week. — Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) went on the injured list Sunday after he woke up feeling sick. Manager David Bell said Moustakas didn’t feel well when he woke up Sunday morning and was told to stay home as a precaution. Center fielder Nick Senzel was a late scratch from Cincinnati’s lineup for the final game of a series against the Tigers. The moves came a day after Reds infielder Matt Davidson went on the injured list because he tested positive for COVID-19. — The President has backed out of an opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 15. Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that he won’t be able to make the trip because of his “strong focus” on the coronavirus, vaccines and the economy. Trump said in the tweet: “We will make it later in the season!” Update on the latest sports — Trevor Story homered twice for the Rockies in a 5-2 decision over the Rangers. Story belted a tying two-run shot in the fourth and added a solo drive that put Colorado ahead, 4-2. Texas slugger Joey Gallo hit the first home run in the club’s new $1.2 billion retractable roof stadium, a 437-foot shot.— The Diamondbacks scored twice in each of their final two at-bats to down the Padres, 4-3. Ketel Marte scored the tying run in the eighth and lifted a sacrifice fly in the ninth to put Arizona ahead. David Peralta’s RBI single capped the Diamondbacks’ scoring.MLB-NEWS Kluber pulled early, Verlander shut down UNDATED (AP) — The injury news isn’t good for a pair of Texas major league teams. The Yanks trailed 2-0 until Torres delivered a solo homer and a go-ahead single to lead a 3-2 victory over the Nationals in Washington. Patrick Corbin retired New York’s first 11 batters and 18 of the first 19. But Torres ended the shutout bid with a long home with one out in the seventh to chase Corbin.Nats reliever Will Harris promptly served up a solo homer by Luke Voit (voyt) that knotted the score.Trea Turner homered for the Nationals.Elsewhere around the majors:— Shohei Ohtani (SHO’-hay oh-TAH’-nee) didn’t record an out in the two-way star’s long-awaited return to the mound for the Angels, allowing the first six Oakland batters to reach base in a 6-4 loss to the Athletics. The right-hander from Japan gave up Marcus Semien’s leadoff single and three straight walks before a mound visit and Mark Canha’s two-run single. The Angels wasted a big day by Mike Trout, who hit a three-run homer in the third and a sacrifice fly in the fifth. — Well-traveled NHL forward Eddie Shack has died at 83, according to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Known for his bruising style, distinctive skating gait and larger-than-life personality, Shack won four Stanley Cups with Toronto in the 1960s. Nicknamed “The Entertainer” — with his trademark cowboy hat and luxurious mustache — he scored the winning goal for the Leafs in the 1963 final. PGA-3M OPENThompson wins in Minnesota BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson birdied two of the last three holes for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory in the 3M Open. Thompson finished 19 under in his second PGA victory, seven years after his first. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander has a strained right forearm and will be shut down for at least two weeks.Astros manager Dusty Baker made the announcement on Sunday but denied a report that said the injury would end Verlander’s season. He said Verlander would be evaluated after two weeks.Baker said Verlander felt “tenderness” in his arm during his start on Friday, where he pitched six innings and got the win. He had an MRI on Saturday, and now he’ll miss at least roughly a third of this 60-game regular season. Meanwhile, Rangers right-hander Corey Kluber (KLOO’-bur) left his first start in almost 15 months after just one inning Sunday due to shoulder tightness. The two-time Cy Young Award winner was making his first appearance for a team other than Cleveland after an offseason trade. He threw 18 pitches while facing three batters. Colorado’s Trevor Story walked and was thrown out trying to steal. last_img read more

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Wilshere: Kolasinac is the favorite Player among Arsenal’s Fans

first_imgArsenal’s player Jack Wilshere in a conversation with the English media revealed that Sead Kolasinac became one of the fans’ favorite players of the London club.Arsena Wenger, the club’s midfielder, returned to the field after a series of injuries he sustained and last season he spent in Bournemouth where he also suffered another injury before the end of the season, which allowed him to return to the field only in September.After returning to Arsenal, the option of a new loan or even the sale of the Englishman was mentioned, but Arsene Wenger nevertheless decided to keep Wilsher and give him another chance already applied for the start of the team from Emirates.In an interview for the media from England, Wilshere briefly spoke about Sead Kolasinac who came to the club as a free footballer from Schalke.“Sead Kolasinac has become the favorite player among Arsenal fans because he always does his best, even in training. He was born a winner,” said Wilshere of the player from Bosnia and Herzegovina.In the next round, Arsenal play against Watford and in the last four games they have not scored a goal and have won ten of the possible 12 points, which returned them to the top of the table after the poor start of the season.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

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Sunday blog: Eliminating wrestling from the Olympics just isn’t right

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Hold on, I’m going to go on a rant…This week the International Olympic Committee decided to drop wrestling — the real kind — for wake boarding, golf and other mass appealing sports in the Olympics starting in 2020.I must admit I don’t remember watching an Olympic wrestling match on television. But the news ticked me off nevertheless.The IOC’s decision was bullying and self aggrandizing. The board could eliminate wrestling because it could. And it was made with only the thought of the almighty dollar because other sports – like golf – is more spectator friendly.Why does the IOC need to drop one sport for another in the first place? Why not just add a sport and leave wrestling alone. Couldn’t the Olympics have both sports?Does golf need the gymnasium they are using for wrestling so the Tiger Woods entourage can store his golf clubs or furnish donuts to his caddies?It’s easy to see why the IOC wants to include golf. Heck the sport includes a guy like Tiger Woods who would look great on the Olympic medal stand, all teary eyed an all. God forbid we go through life without Tiger Woods.I love the U.S. winning Olympic gold in any sport. But Tiger on the victory stand receiving a gold medal does nothing for me. I wouldn’t doubt he wouldn’t check his watch during the Star Spangled Banner moment.And it isn’t as if these golf pros care. I’d bet wages that half of these pros won’t bother showing up. Why would they? The Olympics will probably be slated somewhere between the PGA Championship and the British Open when there are millions to be made in those tournaments. Much like tennis, which is now an Olympic sport, it will be a diversion for the pro athletes, using the Games to enhance exposure and lock up more endorsements.The Olympics, however, for wrestlers is THE event. This is what grapplers dream about — winning a gold in the Olympics. It’s perhaps the only time the sport can shine on a national stage.Losing the Olympics is like taking the Super Bowl away from football.There have been various other reasons why wrestling got the ax instead of a sport like the modern pentathlon. Some have cited that the sport lacks leadership on the International level (see New York Times story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/16/opinion/how-wrestling-lost-the-olympics.html.)But despite the number of participants growing, especially in America, wrestling has never done a good job promoting itself to the outside world.When TV first started, it used to televise genuine wrestling matches. But TV promoters saw it as much too boring for the masses, so they created Pro Wrestling – a fictitious soap opera sport.Then came Title IX. While I’m a huge supporter of the gender equality act that has elevated women sports. My wife may have not became a doctor without it. But the negative effect of this act, is wrestling has been the hardest hit because of it. Colleges in an attempt to equalize the number of athletes for each gender, have been quick to axe wrestling because it is not a revenue generator.The sport continues to fight a culture in which there is an X-box sitting at home, or the best athletes are playing something like basketball or specializing in one sport.And now this.The best thing the wrestling community can do is raise hell. Throw a first class conniption fit. From what I have been reading, IOC President Jacques Rogge will meet with the head of wrestling’s governing body to discuss ways the sport can fight to save its place in the Olympics.Obviously, the organization has been taking a great amount of heat for its wrestling dropping decision – which it should be… the jerks.I remember more than 20 years ago, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents decided to drop women’s basketball. There was so much public outrage that the board reconsidered its decision – a few days later. Now OU is a powerhouse in women’s basketball.I hope the same happens here. The greatest takedown the sport of wrestling can make is the Olympic decision to drop the sport. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (9) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down No one special · 390 weeks ago Your right this is an outrage. This will not only affect the Olympics but most division 1 schools to. Why wrestle in college if there is nowhere to go from there. No NFL would mean no need for football in college, then what we all the men of the world do with their time? Not to mention where will all the money come for to make up for the admission fees to these benefits? Crazy, why not get rid of ping-pong or shuffle board? Besides, wrestling is just like swimming. Not only an individual sport that requires total dedication but also the strength of mind to figure out how to do the sometimes impossible for your team. Challenging yourself for the better good of others, wrestling builds character. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Mr. Wrestling · 390 weeks ago Lets see how many more viewers would they have if Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or one of the up and comers like Bubba Watson would be playing. I don’t disagree that they should keep wrestling but not because of Tiger Woods. It was one of the original games played at the Olympics. It is what every kid dreams about. There are no professional ranks except for the likes of the WWE which we know is not real wrestling but alot more entertaining. If the IOC wants ratings then have John Cena wrestle the Iron Sheil in a cage match with a special referee. Ratings they would get. Even though it is fake its a show and people crave it like a soap opera. We know that would never happen and it shouldn’t. I am for having golf for say one Olympics then switch it to another special event. A few years back they had Rodeo. But keep wrestling in the Olympics.Why because some kid out there wants and can be the next Rulan Gardner or Kurt Angle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jim · 390 weeks ago Wrestling was one of the original Olympic sports. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down R.U. Serious · 390 weeks ago What also did help wrestling is an IOC board member is on the governing body of modern pentathalon. Its a wee bit of a conflict of interest. Don’t think TV was consideration as wrestling has higher rating than several that wrrent on chopping block. IOC of their rockers on this issue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Mr. Wrestling · 390 weeks ago R.U.Serious if you read some of their reasons they stated less than a 14% viewing audience. But I agree that there have to be several events with 0% percent… Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 390 weeks ago Indeed, greco roman style wrestling has been an olympic sport forever. There is so much history in the sport, to even “brush” it with the “hand of the x-generation” is a blasphemous, unforgiveable act. A few of the greatest athletes the world has ever known were olympic wrestlers. Russian Aleksandr Karelin was possibly the strongest human that ever competed in the olympics, and he was undefeated in 4 or 5 olympiads until american Rulon Jones finally took him down. That match was one of the highest rated tv shows of all time. If the cancel greco roman, they will also cancel a LOT of viewers – and interest in – the olympics. Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Meadow Lanes · 390 weeks ago I think Bowling should be in the Olympics. Just saying 🙂 Is Ping Pong still in the Olympics? Report Reply 0 replies · active 390 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Storm Lucid · 390 weeks ago I would be for bowling. Why not they have the shot put. Who watches that..bowling is the most played sport in the world. Young and old. THere is alot of international talent. Would be a great watch.. Keep wrestling and add bowling. good call Meadow Lanes. Report Reply 1 reply · active 390 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down JustME · 390 weeks ago Bowling would be a great watch? It would rank up there with golf and curling. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Issue not easily dismissed by appropriation of blame

first_imgDear Editor,It is not my intention to heap opprobrium on the Patterson family due to the alleged actions of one member at this time; however, the statement of the Minister of Public Infrastructure, Hon. David Patterson, on the issue included a scurrilous statement about the previous administrations of Guyana run by the People’s National Congress and The People’s Progressive Party. Minister Patterson of the Alliance For Change says, ”As a Minister of Government, I would like to assure the Guyanese public that I have not, and will not, attempt to influence the outcome of these serious allegations made against my brother in any way whatsoever. This is the principled position which I firmly embrace, and ought to be a lesson to many under a previous dispensation who, it is widely known, regularly interfered with the course of justice in matters involving their family members, friends, and even acquaintances.”This issue is not easily dismissed by appropriation of blame. Minister Patterson, by his statement, has transformed the issue from personal to political; and as a Citizen of Guyana, I ask that the Minister share his ‘widely known’ information and evidence to back such a serious charge. A sitting Minister of Government is expected to be more responsible with his word.As of now, our national image has been tarnished by his statement in a week wherein the USA issued a higher level crime alert for Guyana, which included the warning that law enforcement personnel are often perpetrators of crime.Editor, Minister Patterson will have to answer questions about his brother’s alleged activities, including his source of finance and transit through our international airport, which is currently undergoing construction and falls under his purview. His statement now taints that straightforward activity with the odium of politics. No one is above the law or the process of investigation.I await the Minister’s response to my questions on his allegations, but I will not hold my breath, for I know an attempt at deflection when I see one. Our national treasure, Martin Carter, famously wrote: “All are involved! All are consumed!” We seem doomed to this political reality, no matter how hard we try to avoid it.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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