IOC tells NOCs to expect decision on new dates for Tokyo Games

first_img insidethegames understands International Federations were given a similar timeline during a call with the IOC yesterday. The IOC discussed the new dates for the Games, postponed until no later than the summer of 2021 amid growing international concern over the coronavirus pandemic, with National Olympic Committees (NOCs) today. The timing of the Games is the most pressing issue for a task force established by the IOC and Tokyo 2020 to navigate the complicated challenges stemming from the postponement. Confirming the exact dates for the first Olympic Games to be postponed in history will also pave the way for other key areas to be addressed, including venues and qualification. IOC President Thomas Bach said earlier this week that there are “thousands” of questions following the decision to delay the Games, none of which can be answered until the new dates are set. insidethegames understands the majority of the 33 Federations on the Tokyo 2020 programme prefer the rearranged Games to be staged between July and August, although some suggested dates in April and May. The prospect of a spring Olympics in Japan has been mooted and while this would require rescheduling of other sporting events, it potentially could avoid the high summer temperatures in Tokyo, which had forced organisers to invest in heat countermeasures for the Games. insidethegames has been told some Federations raised concern over high temperatures in the Japanese capital when discussing the possibility of rescheduling the Games for a similar window as had been planned this year. IOC member John Coates, head of the Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020, has suggested the organisation is working with Federations to potentially find a window in July and August next year. Coates told insidethegames that he expected a recommendation on the precise timing of the Games to be put to the IOC Executive Board by the end of April. A decision on when the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be held is expected to be made within the next three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told countries on a conference call. Loading… New Zealand Olympic Committee chief executive Kereyn Smith said the organisation “looks forward to learning the exact date of the Games”. “Our athletes have reacted extremely well to the postponement of the Games and having a date to work towards will allow them to carry out the meticulous planning and the training required for an Olympic Games performance,” Smith added. Read Also:Olympic postponement: IOC President sends message to athletes Bach had previously sent a letter to the entire IOC membership, detailing the process which led to the announcement of a delay until 2021 because of the COVID-19 outbreak on Tuesday (March 24). “In light of this situation, the IOC had to take decisions quickly, sometimes even every day, responding to a constantly evolving environment,” Bach wrote. “I hope I can count on your understanding that because of the fast-moving developments, we could not always give you all the background information on a timely basis.” Forward Willian, meanwhile, has been given permission by the club to return to Brazil to link up with his family. “This situation has obviously been changing frequently from the start and it is all new ground,” the Chelsea boss said. “I’ve just let them know that I am there for them individually because these are tough times whether it’s emotionally, physically everything we have to be there for the players. “Motivation can be slightly put to the side. I think the motivation at the moment for everyone is how their families are, how their relatives are, how we all see the outside world, and sometimes the realisation probably that there are things which are a lot more important than football. “However much we love Chelsea and are fortunate to do our jobs, this has certainly hit home for that. “For me, my message to the players has always been look after your family at this time. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyAmazing Portraits Of Women As Zodiac Signs7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

Duterte presses Senate: Pass alcohol, cigarette tax

first_img In a letter to the Congress, Duterte certified as urgent the passage of the bill that aims “to generate additional revenue to support the effective implementation of the Universal Health Care Act and to further protect the right to health of the people.” President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO For fermented liquor and alcopops, a specific tax rate of P45 per liter on Year 1, increasing by P10 every year until Year 4. The specific tax rate will increase by 10 percent every year thereafter. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the Congress for the immediate passage of the measure that would increase taxes on liquor, electronic cigarettes and vapor products. Once a bill is certified as urgent, the Congress can go away with the three-day rule, allowing lawmakers to pass a measure on third reading immediately after it is passed on second reading./PN Under Senate Bill 1074, distilled spirits will be imposed an ad valorem tax of 20 percent on the net retail price per proof and a specific tax of P90 per proof liter on the first year of its implementation, which will be increased by P10 every year until the fourth year.  The specific tax rate will increase by 10 percent every year thereafter. Wine products will be slapped with a specific tax of P600 per liter for sparkling wines and P43 per liter for still and carbonated wines. These rates will increase by 10 percent every year thereafter. For vapor products, there will be a distinction between salt nicotine and freebase. From P10 per 10 milligrams or less, salt nicotine will increase to P45 per milligrams, while freebase will increase to P45 per 10 milligrams on Year 1. These rates will increase by P5 every year until Year 4 then five percent every year thereafter. For e-cigarettes under the heat-not-burn product category, the bill seeks to increase the current rates of P10 per pack of 20 to P45 per pack on Year 1 to be at parity with regular cigarettes.last_img read more

Hoosier hero, David Wolf leads Greensburg students in pledge

first_imgPicture 006Greensburg, In. — Hoosier Astronaut David Wolf took the lead for the Pledge of Allegiance at the Greensburg Community High School Thursday.Dr. Wolf served as chief of the Astronaut Office Extravehicular Activity Branch for much of the International Space Station assembly. He led a team responsible for the development, test and execution of spacewalks from the ISS and space shuttle. This team plays a critical role for ISS assembly, maintenance and repair; requiring innovations to extend EVA capability in the areas of hardware, techniques and human performance. Dr. Wolf has logged 168 days, 12 hours, 56 minutes and 04 seconds in space over four separate missions, including a long-duration mission (128 days) on the Russian MIR space station, which was trained and conducted completely in the Russian language. He has conducted a total of seven spacewalks, using both the American and Russian spacesuits, and has logged 47 hours and 05 minutes of extravehicular activity. He is an active public speaker and is called on to represent NASA in a wide variety of venues to communicate the experience and importance of human space flight.Wolf told the students that reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is very important, but students must remember that a “pledge” is a promise and if it not kept the words mean nothing.last_img read more

Men’s golf team heats up

first_imgWhile most Wisconsin students will have to deal with the cold weather and more snow this weekend, the University of Wisconsin men’s golf team will be enjoying sunny, 80-degree weather in Naples, Fla.”It is going to be nice to get out of this weather and get some good practice in,” sophomore Dan Woltman said.”[The best part of golf is] traveling to warmer areas and all the experiences you get,” teammate Jeff Kaiser added.The Badgers open their spring season Saturday with a dual meet against Florida Gulf Coast University. According to, the Eagles are currently ranked No. 3 in Division II.The meet should serve as a good tune-up for Wisconsin before the team heads out to California for the San Francisco Invitational May 12 and 13 at Pauma Valley Golf Course.As the Badgers tee up this weekend, they will face off against the brother duo of Robert and Steven Taylor. The two, both juniors, led the Eagles in scoring in all but one tournament during the fall season.Florida Gulf Coast University opened up its spring season February 12 and 13 at the Matlock Collegiate Classic where it placed third. Steven Taylor finished third individually.In order to break up FGCU’s brotherly love, Woltman, a transfer from Kentucky, will need to be on his game for UW.During the fall, Woltman posted a team-best 71.4 scoring average while tallying three finishes in the top 10. With a 54-hole score of 202, the sophomore won the VCU/Mattaponi Springs Shootout in September. Due to his success, Woltman is currently ranked 86th by Golfweek Magazine.With all of the individual success of Woltman, the Badgers enjoyed a strong fall season as a whole as well. At Pinehurst Golf Course, Kaiser helped lead the team to victory at the Mid Pines Intercollegiate, the first tournament of the season. At the Wolverine Intercollegiate, the Badgers’ second tournament, senior Garrett Jones carried Wisconsin to its second consecutive victory. Wisconsin went on to close the season with a pair of third-place finishes.This spring season, the UW men’s golf team has a chance to be something special if it plays up to its potential. Currently, the team is considered the top team in the Big Ten. It will rely on Woltman and company to keep it that way. While a national championship is a lofty goal, the concept isn’t too far-fetched, especially with the way Woltman, Jones and Kaiser are playing. The trio of Wisconsin natives led the Badgers last season in scoring average with 71.4, 72.13 and 73.13 respectively. The last time anyone represented the University of Wisconsin at the national championship was 1994. Wisconsin will look to build upon its impressive fall with a strong start to spring. Winning the Big Ten title remains the goal, but a national championship isn’t far from their thoughts.”[Our goal is] to play as well as we possibly can, win a Big Ten Championship and win a national championship,” Kaiser said.last_img read more

City anticipates tough choices in Flutter’s pursuit of Stars

first_img StumbleUpon Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’  August 24, 2020 Related Articles Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Share City analysts are pondering how Flutter Entertainment will sooth competition concerns across multiple markets, attached to its bold merger pursuit with digital rival The Stars Group Inc.Since the merger was propositioned on 2 October, Flutter CEO Peter Jackson and corporate governance have emphasised confidence in clearing all regulatory hurdles to deliver a £10 billion online gambling powerhouse.The stakes are high for Jackson and co, as the Flutter-Stars combination will lead US wagering partnerships with Fox Sports, Fastball Holdings and Boyd Interactive – all dependent on the deal being completed.Nevertheless, city analysts believe that Flutter governance will face tough decisions if they are to secure regulatory harmony on a Stars merger if US ambitions are to be delivered.This weekend, Canadian investment bank Canaccord Genuity issued an industry note to the Sunday Times detailing that it viewed a sale of flagship brand Paddy Power as the ‘most logical decision’ for Flutter to undertake.A Flutter-Stars combination would create an entity with a 40% share of the UK online gambling marketplace, servicing three of the UK’s top seven most popular online bookmakers in Paddy Power, Betfair and Sky Bet.In its note, Canaccord details that the above conditions will likely lead to UK CMA ‘concerns over consumer choice’ in online betting.A Paddy Power break-up would be viewed as a controversial move, as Peter Jackson had previously underlined ‘returning the bookmaker to growth’ as core remit of the executive taking leadership of the FTSE firm in 2018.Revitalising Paddy Power, Flutter has spent significant money and resources upgrading the bookmaker’s operating systems, all-round product proposition and revamping its loyalty programme wholesale.In addition, Paddy Power’s ambitions have been supported by a number of high coverage UK advertising campaigns, as Peter Jackson moves to re-establish Flutter’s legacy brand as a leading mass-market bookmaker.Elsewhere, analysts anticipate a market probe by either Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) or the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) examining Flutter-Stars potential impacts on Australian sports betting.In its acquisition note, Flutter governance stated that there should be no regulatory concerns in Australia as the company would be against TAB Holdings as the market leader.Nevertheless, Flutter-Stars would control Australian online betting leader and BetEasy, a sportsbook brand formed by the Stars Group combining CrownBet and William Hill Australia for AUS $600 million (€480 million), which may see AUS competitors demand an ACT/ACCC watchdog review.At present, Flutter governance maintains its schedule of completing the transaction by Q2-to-Q3 2020, an ambitious target for the merger’s stakeholders.last_img read more

Man gets 2 years for narcotics trafficking; woman remanded

first_imgA woman was on Friday remanded after she pled not guilty to having in her possession more than 6kg of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Nandy Barker, 38, of Lot 70 Caneville, Grove, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court. The police stated that March 25, 2019, at the Berbice River Bridge, she had 6.5 kilograms of cannabis in her possession for the purpose of trafficking.Alleged drug trafficker, Nandy BarkerPolice Prosecutor Inspector Bernard Brown told the court that officers at a roadblock intercepted motorcar PNN 9408 that was driven by Barker and conducted a search during which the illegal drug was unearthed.The Inspector said further investigations led officers to Lot 288 Errol’s Ville, Vryman’s Ervin, New Amsterdam, where a further 667 grams of the same drug was found. Timothy La Fleur was arrested and subsequently charged.In court today La Fleur pleaded guilty to narcotics possession and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined $240,300.In addition, Barker and La Fleur were jointly charged for the 6.5 kilos to which they pleaded not guilty. La Fleur told the court that he is a father of two and is the sole breadwinner for the family.He said he has a heart complication and has documents at his home to authenticate his claims.Barker was represented by Attorney-at-Law Kim Kyte, who made an application for bail but this was denied. She along with La Fleur will make their next court appearance on April 9, 2019.last_img read more