DOHA, Qatar:International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) President, Sebastian Coe remains confident that this year’s Olympic Games, slated to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between August 5 and 21, will be a success despite the upheaval currently taking place in the country.It is widely expected that on Wednesday members of the Latin American country’s senate will vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. The country is also facing economic challenges and still battling the Zika epidemic.But despite all this, Coe said no consideration is being given to moving the Games.”The Rio Games are going to take place, and I know it will be a success, and our responsibility now, as member federations, international federations and members of the sporting community, is to do everything we can to help the organising committee and make this a great Games,” Coe told The Sunday Gleaner.Coe said that close tabs have been kept on what is going on in the country in terms of preparations for the games and he himself will be journeying there shortly for a firsthand view of things.”Our competition team is regular in Rio,” Coe revealed. “I am going in a couple of weeks’ time to watch the test events in Rio, the Ibero-American Championships in Athletics, so I will get a better feel of how the stadium is working and all those things.”Having been chairman of London’s organising committee for the 2012 Games, Coe says he understands the difficulties involved in planning for one of the world’s biggest events, but believes Brazil will put on a great spectacle.”I know how tough this is and I am sure that Rio will be a good Games and I think they have a spirit that will surprise a lot of people,” Coe email@example.com
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceDENVER — When Alex Dickerson’s back tightened up and forced him to miss a pair of games in Milwaukee over the weekend, the left fielder explained he’s dealt with the pain off and on throughout his entire professional career.If Dickerson wakes up feeling out of sorts on Wednesday, the back soreness he’ll experience might feel a little different.No one would blame Dickerson if his back was ailing from carrying the …
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) on Tuesday stepped up its protests in Darjeeling, with some activists burning copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement, and dozens of youth getting their bare backs smashed with tubelights.Supporters of GJM lined up at Chowk Bazar and some of them started breaking tubelights on their backs, to show their anger against the West Bengal government.End of boardThe demonstration, announced by the GJM a few days ago, drew large crowds from different parts of Darjeeling. GJM supporters burnt copies of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement, entered into between the Centre, West Bengal government and the GJM in 2011. The GJM leadership said the burning of the GTA agreement officially marked the end of the regional developmental board in the hills.Also Read State should solve Gorkhaland issue: Kailash Vijayvargiya “Today (Tuesday) we are burning the GTA memorandum agreement and the GTA Act that was signed in August 2011. From today, GTA would be a non-entity in the hills. We do not want the GTA anymore. The only thing we want now is Gorkhaland,” Benoy Tamang, GJM’s assistant general secretary, said.‘Boycott polls’Mr. Tamang who was present at the protest venue, said if the State government tries to impose the election here and if anyone tries to fight the election even as an independent candidate, they would have to do that at their own risk.Protests were held in all the 45 wards of the GTA as announced by the GJM leadership. Only a day before Prakash Gurung, president of the youth wing of the GJM threatened to resort to hunger-strike and self-immolation and urged the Centre to start a dialogue on the issue of separate Gorkhaland.The GJM and other parties have refused to hold any discussion with the State government. In Kolkata, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held meetings with senior administrative and police officers on the situation in Darjeeling.Senior Trinamool Congress Minister Gautam Deb, president of Darjeeling district Trinamool Congress, said that he is saddened to see such violent protest. Mr. Deb said any protests in a democratic country should follow democratic means.
Former India football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia on Thursday expressed disappointment over the season’s first Kolkata football derby not being played, terming the no-show as a bad advertisement for the sport in the country.”It’s so disappointing not to have the Kolkata derby,” Bhutia told IANS over phone on Thursday.”It’s not only a bad advertisement for Indian football but also for Kolkata football,” added the city-based football icon.The much-anticipated clash between bigwigs East Bengal and Mohun Bagan was scheduled to take place at the Kalyani Municipal Stadium on Wednesday.But with Mohun Bagan refusing to blink first in their tussle with the Indian Football Association (IFA), the sport’s governing body in Bengal, more than 1,000 supporters were deprived of any action after turning up at the venue despite the knowledge that Bagan won’t take the field.East Bengal were present on the ground only to see the match commissioner call off the tie after waiting for 30 minutes.”It’s harsh on the fans the most. They wait all year long for the first East Bengal-Mohun Bagan tie of the season and when they are meted out treatment such as this, I feel sad. I really feel bad for the fans,” Bhutia, who has plied his trade for both the clubs, lamented.The All India Football Federation (AIFF) advisor though refused to point fingers at anybody.”I don’t know who’s fault it is. IFA or Mohun Bagan. All I want to say is that this is bad. This should never have happened. I don’t know how things can be bettered. This is indeed appalling.”advertisementHow much of an effect will the fiasco have on young players who look forward to soaking up the derby atmosphere?”It’s hard on them too. Not only the young ones, every player wants to play the Kolkata derby. It’s one of the biggest fixtures in the world,” Bhutia said.Two days back Mohun Bagan had announced they were not ready to play the derby on the pre scheduled date of September 7, as they needed at least two days of practice at the venue before the match and a total of over 6,000 tickets for their members.IFA, which had offered Mohun Bagan 2,000 tickets for its members, later promised 1,000 more, but ruled out any postponement of the game.
Story Highlights “Jamaica highly values (its) French connection… ; our bilateral relations continue to be buoyant. This is strengthened by high-level diplomatic representation, sincere people-to-people cooperation and exchanges and increased business interest in Jamaica,” she said. “We know how much of a great difference this centre will give for our visa applicants for certain categories of stay in France as well as stays in overseas territories,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said. The Government has welcomed the increase in French private-sector activities in Jamaica and support for the island’s efforts to achieve sustainable and inclusive growth and economic development.Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, noted that a number of French companies have successfully bid for local contracts.These include divestment of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) to Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, a local company formed as a subsidiary of the French global terminal operators, the CMA CGM Group.“Jamaica highly values (its) French connection… ; our bilateral relations continue to be buoyant. This is strengthened by high-level diplomatic representation, sincere people-to-people cooperation and exchanges and increased business interest in Jamaica,” she said.Mrs. Johnson Smith was speaking at the launch of the commercial exhibition and a cultural festival dubbed ‘A Touch of France’ at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on November 8.On Wednesday (November 7), a delegation of business leaders from MEDEF International – an umbrella group for French private-sector companies – arrived in the island for a two-day visit to explore viable opportunities for companies in France and Jamaica.Areas being examined include water sanitation, water distribution, energy and aeronautics.Chairman of the France-Central America and Caribbean Business Council of MEDEF International, Jean-François Tallec, noted that 10 business leaders and a government official travelled to Jamaica “with the objective of promoting initiatives of the most dynamic sectors of France”.“We (also aimed) to establish connections with the local business community and contribute to the strengthening of the economic ties between our countries,” he added.Meanwhile, Senator Johnson Smith emphasised that the Government is giving priority to trade and investment promotion “as a major aspect of our relations with our bilateral partners”.She used the opportunity to congratulate the Embassy of the Republic of France for the inauguration of the French Visa Application Centre, located at the DHL building in New Kingston.“We know how much of a great difference this centre will give for our visa applicants for certain categories of stay in France as well as stays in overseas territories,” Mrs. Johnson Smith said.In his remarks, Logistics and Infrastructure Manager at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Don Gittens, said his agency is keen on advancing business relations between the countries and continues to work with the French Embassy.“We also continue to seek opportunities in the French market with several missions to the country, with special focus on the creative industries, renewable energy, logistics and the tourism sectors,” he said.He pointed out that JAMPRO will continue to support ‘A Touch of France’, by helping to coordinate business activities, including panel discussions on logistics and renewable energy, which are key areas of focus for investment in Jamaica.Started in Jamaica in 2000 by President of Club France Jamaica, Pierre Lemaire, the exhibition, which is in its 11th staging, is an opportunity to showcase French culture from the mainland to its overseas departments and includes fashion, cuisine, music and dance.For his part, French Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Denys Wibaux commended Mr. Lemaire for orchestrating ‘A Touch of France’ and wished this year’s staging well.Other speakers at the launch of the exhibition include Managing Director of Total Jamaica Limited, Chris Okonmah; and Chief Executive Officer of Saint International Modelling Agency, Deiwght Peters. Other speakers at the launch of the exhibition include Managing Director of Total Jamaica Limited, Chris Okonmah; and Chief Executive Officer of Saint International Modelling Agency, Deiwght Peters.