Reseda bar loses its liquor license

first_img“This bar was an eyesore,” Carlson said. “It was definitely not a positive influence. This is a good thing.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA – A rowdy neighborhood bar where undercover investigators discovered illegal escort services, drug use and underage drinking lost its liquor license Friday after years of complaints from residents. Mi Cielito Lindo at 18146 Sherman Way was under investigation for five years, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Gabriel Kearney of the West Valley Division. “We found people urinating, passed out, a lot of fights and a lot of drugs,” Kearney said. “It is the owner’s responsibility to control all the activity that goes on in their bar. They are supposed to be shooing these people away and instead they are turning their heads.” The announcement was welcome news to residents who have complained about unruly behavior outside the bar, whose names roughly translates to My Little Sweetheart. The owner of the bar, Oscar Escalante, could not be reached for comment. Kearney said undercover investigators found underage drinking inside the bar, illegal escorts and “drunk service,” in which bartenders serve alcohol to intoxicated patrons. When a liquor license is revoked, the establishment does not have to shut down, Kearney said, but it can no longer serve alcohol. Cielito Lindo is the second bar in the West Valley to lose its liquor license. El Coyote, at De Soto Avenue and Sherman Way, was shut down two weeks ago, Kearney said. Garth Carlson, chairman of Reseda Neighborhood Council, said residents living near the bar have long complained about loud music and raucous parties in the bar’s parking lot well past 2 a.m. last_img read more

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HARPS AND COUNCIL HAVE ROAD SAFETY DOWN TO “A FINE ART”

first_imgFrank McBrearty , Donegal Mayor and Teacher Laura McGettigan toss around a few ideas at the Donegal County Council and Finn Harps Schools Road Safety Arts Competition launch last year. Seated from left are Rachel Mitchelle, Kevin McColgan, Corey McGettigan and Roisin Brennan Back from left are Kevin McHugh, Chantelle Grant, Seamus Neeley, County Manager, Joey O’Leary, Finn Harps Chairman, Eamonn Browne, Donegal Road Safety Officer and John Campbell, Finn Harps. Pic: Clive WassonThe Finn Harps/Donegal County Council road safety campaign ‘Putting Road Safety in the Picture’ has been hailed as a huge success.The winning entry to be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Shamrock Rovers match in Finn Park this Friday night.The art competition was open to all Primary Schools in the county and attracted over 500 entries. The category winners are –Kayla McDermott, Scoil Íosagáin, St.Mary’s Road, BuncranaCarla McDermott, Scoil Naomh Fiachra, IllistrinShane McCaul, Clonmany N.S. Carley Sweeney, St.Bernadette’s School, LetterkennyMikaela McConnon, Scoil an Linbh Íosa, Killymard, Donegal TownNiamh Ni Chleirigh, Scoil Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin, Leitir CeanainnThe overall winner will be unveiled at half time during the Finn Harps v Shamrock Rovers match in Finn Park on Friday 2nd May 2014.The winning piece will feature as an advertising hoarding promoting Road Safety in Finn Park for the current season. The Mayor of Donegal County Council , Councillor Ian McGarvey, praised all the schools for their participation in the competition.He said, “I wish to congratulate all the winners and I would like to thank all the schools for getting behind this initiative. We had over 500 entries and it is fantastic to see our schools involved in promoting Road Safety with our young people. Do make our roads safe by looking out for each other, drive safely and let’s make our contribution.”Finn Harps John Campbell stated “Finn Harps Football Club are delighted to be associated with the Donegal Road Safety Campaign through this unique competition. Harps are delighted to have the group winners as their guests at the Shamrock Rovers match. We also look forward to unveiling the overall winner on the night. As in other years the winning overall entry will be on display at Finn Park for the coming season as an 8 x 4 display.”HARPS AND COUNCIL HAVE ROAD SAFETY DOWN TO “A FINE ART” was last modified: April 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Art competitionDonegal County Councilfinn harpslast_img read more

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Gasoline expense triggers boosts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHis overhead includes gasoline for his truck and for lawn mowers, edgers, blowers and rototillers; fertilizer; tools and tool sharpening; liability insurance; wages for his helpers – and his own salary and profits. A painting contractor who never gave a thought to performing an on-site estimate now thinks twice. His industry has been hit hard in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when the price of raw materials increased. “We would give a lot of free estimates for repeat customers, but people who are calling who we haven’t worked for before – for a relatively small job, we would have to think about that,” said Maria Trafecanty, who works at Joseph Anthony Painting. The rate for the second caller likely would be quoted over the phone. Trafecanty said higher gas prices must be factored into materials costs. Filling up the truck costs $60 to $100, and since the hurricane paint manufacturers have raised prices 10 percent, and the cost of some materials such as plastic dropcloths has tripled. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Santa Clarita has risen from $2.89 a month ago to $3.34 today, according to a monthly price survey conducted by the Automobile Club of Southern California. SANTA CLARITA – As gasoline prices continue their climb, people who provide everyday services are raising prices to stay afloat. Some have already tacked on the additional charge, others will soon. “I may have to raise (my prices) $5 to $10 a month a home,” said Raul Garibay, a gardener and landscaper who charges $80 a month and up, but plans to raise the price in a week or so. “Gas is way too high.” Garibay routinely visits 19 to 26 houses a day, starting at 7 a.m. and ending around 5 p.m. Across the state, the average price in May was $3.38, up from $2.86 in April. Nationally, the average price is $2.94. While people can choose to cut their own lawns or paint their own homes, some older folks are unable to hop in the car to run errands or drive to the doctor. Like a taxi driver, caregiver Phyllis Miller, 68, has been forced to tack on fees for gas based on the distance covered. Most of her clients are elderly people who are disabled and get by on fixed incomes. She has begun charging an extra $5 for outings of a mile or two, $7.50 for distances of 5 to 10 miles and $10 for more than 10 miles. The end may not be in sight. “I have tried not to increase my hourly wage, but if gas prices get worse I will have to do that,” she said. “I’m on a fixed income too.” On Monday, Miller chauffeured an 82-year-old Newhall woman to a doctor in Valencia, and later, to a drugstore in Canyon Country. The woman paid $12.50 for service that months ago would have been complimentary. Seniors are not the only ones stymied by the high cost of visiting the doctor. More patients have been riding the bus to reach the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center in Val Verde, which provides services on a sliding scale. The center’s patients hail from Newhall, Canyon Country and Val Verde. Patients travel from the San Fernando Valley and Glendale to reach the center’s Canyon Country facility, and some have been rationing the privilege. “We have a lot of patients not showing because of the economy, because they don’t have a way to get here,” said Silvia Sanchez, the clinic’s supervisor. “Either they pay the doctor or they pay gas. They say, `We’re waiting for another two weeks to go.”‘ Sanchez said this scenario has been common recently, and some patients who must return to discuss lab results postpone the appointment. The pattern has been repeated among some clients of the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, who are eligible to pick up food twice a month, but who only visit once a month because they cannot afford to make the trip, said Belinda Crawford, the pantry’s executive director. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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GOLF NOTES: VEC GOLF SOCIETY

first_imgThe penultimate outing of the year was the presidents prize held in Nairn and Portnoo GC in glorious conditions on Saturday last.Winner on the day was Michael mc Grath with 36pts on a b.o.t. from Paddy McDaid. Third place went to Chris Hegarty with 35pts.The final three prizes were all separated by the narrowest margin also with Eanna O Mainnin, Deirdre O Toole and Gareth Doherty all on 34pts. So with only one outing left it seems as though Paddy mc Daid is uncatchable at the head of affairs in the race for golfer of the year.The race for runner up looks likely to be a closer run thing with Paul McGinley, Michael Mc Grath and Kevin Murphy all vying for second place.The final outing takes place in Bundoran GC on the 30th December. GOLF NOTES: VEC GOLF SOCIETY was last modified: November 21st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:VEC Golf Societylast_img read more

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Fans marvel at Cristiano Ronaldo’s incredible hat-trick against Spain

first_imgIt’s literally games like this that make the World Cup the greatest sporting competition in the world, and football the greatest sport of all time. Absolutely spectacular from the first minute to the last. Cristiano Ronaldo masterclass to make things even better. Stunning.— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) June 15, 2018 If Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t your World’s Best then you need to a doctor in your life.#PORESP pic.twitter.com/POmpHNuC3x— Mad E’Leine 🧙‍♀️ (@badgalmaddie_) June 15, 2018 It was a masterclass display from Ronaldo 1 Cristiano Ronaldo… never fails to amaze me… this guy is just a goal machine… Been so blessed to watch him…— A$HV7R 🤙🏽 (@ASHV7R) June 15, 2018 “Ronaldo or Messi? Tonight settles the debate over the best ever.”#ENG fan in Moscow says Ronaldo has proved he’s the greatest 🙌#WorldCup | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/c3moCslj2o— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 15, 2018Scroll down for some brilliant words on Ronaldo. 51st career hat-tricksbut his 1st in #WorldCupCristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world.😍 pic.twitter.com/r4HxsgZQYP— RuBah (@oyeeBelLa) June 15, 2018 Cristiano Ronaldo vs Spain, what a game!— peters (@kp_yannick95) June 15, 2018center_img Cristiano Ronaldo is unreal, and a better player – in my opinion- then Messi. He shows up in big tournaments and excels with far lesser talent surrounding him in international play. After Pele and Maradona, he’s the best of all time.— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) June 15, 2018 “He can’t score freekicks””He doesn’t score big teams””He has never scored Spain””He only score tap-ins””He’s facing the best keeper in the World”Cristiano Ronaldo: Hold My Beer pic.twitter.com/NJVe5eSnoU— Omoniyi Israel (@omoissy) June 15, 2018 The crowd at Sochi were treated to quite possibly Ronaldo’s greatest ever performance in a Portugal shirt as he dragged his country to the heroic point.The Real Madrid man dispatched a penalty inside four minutes before his firm shot managed to squirm under De Gea to give Portugal a 2-1 half-time lead.After the break, Spain turned the game around but Ronaldo was having none of it and his incredible 88th-minute free-kick rounded off a virtuoso performance for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.And the tributes to the footballing icon have come pouring in from all sorts of football fans, with some even suggesting he is better than Lionel Messi – Ronaldo’s great rival for the best player in the world prize. Germany has superstarsArgentina has superstarsFrance has superstarsSpain has superstarsBrazil has superstarsPortugal has Cristiano Ronaldo.— Danny WelBeast (@WelBeast) June 15, 2018 It will certainly take something for there to be a better 2018 World Cup game than Portugal’s 3-3 draw against Spain.It had everything. Superb goals, Diego Costa bullying the Portuguese defence, an uncharacteristic David De Gea mistake and a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick. You can hate Cristiano Ronaldo, but you will respect him— Lush (@Luciah_PS) June 15, 2018last_img read more

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LYIT GETS THE FORMULA RIGHT AS TAOISEACH OPENS NEW €4M SCIENCE SUITE

first_imgThe Taoiseach Enda Kenny has officially unveiled a new €4 million science suite at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The Fine Gael leader spoke to staff and students of the LYIT about the “exciting times ahead” for students across Ireland and how they could make their dreams become a reality.He was shown around the new science suite and introduced to students by President of the LYIT, Paul Hannigan. Among the many students he met was Sharon McCann, who is originally from Dublin, who has returned to college to do a Higher Certificate in Science in the hope of becoming a pharmacy technician.Along his tour of the suite, An Taoiseach was also surprised when he bumped into Donegal GAA star Rory Kavanagh.The pair exchanged words and Mr Kenny said he hoped his native Mayo could go one further next year after being beaten by Donegal in the All-Ireland final.Mr Kenny also addressed those present about the importance of The Gathering project planned for next year. The new science facility now adds more than 1,000 square metres of fully equipped science laboratories with a total of eight laboratories with an investment of €4 million.The expansion is due in part to the increase in student numbers at the LYIT which have jumped by 55% in the past 3 years with more than 3,000 students now at the Port Road campus.An Taoiseach commented that, “This is a great occasion for Letterkenny Institute of Technology, for higher education and indeed the North West Region. I am delighted to be here to open this state-of-the-art science building that will put LYIT graduates in the fast lane to a successful career in the sciences.“The Government will continue to place science, technology and innovation at the heart of enterprise and jobs policies so that we are favourably positioned to win new business and build economic recovery.”Paul Hannigan, President of LYIT, referred to the continued increase of students and expansion of courses, “We anticipate our student numbers will steadily increase, especially in science, and we now provide over 100 courses in many areas up to Masters level. “This year we have entirely renewed our curriculum to reflect the latest academic and industrial standards. The new science facility means that we are now one of the most modern campuses in Ireland. I would especially like to thank Mary Daly, Estates Manager, and her team on completing this valuable project.”The new laboratories have been cleverly designed as a lightweight extension over the roof of the existing building.The building work caused minimum disruption and was a cost-effective solution to develop the science facilities on campus. The project was completed over the summer.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_b76uZbjVM LYIT GETS THE FORMULA RIGHT AS TAOISEACH OPENS NEW €4M SCIENCE SUITE was last modified: October 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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SA pair win Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek

first_imgIn the solo women’s category, Dalene van der Leek won Saturday’s stage but ended up as the overall runner-up behind Germany’s Bettina Uhlig, who captured five stage wins in total. Mixed categoryCube Nutswerk MTB’s Birgit Lavrijssen (Ned) and Marco Minnaard (Ned) grabbed their fourth stage win and the overall title in the mixed category on Saturday. Final stageAsrin Cycling’s James Reid (RSA) and Jens Schuermans (Bel) won the final stage of the seven-day international mountain bike stage race from George to Oudtshoorn, which was shortened to 68km due to flooding in some areas. They outsprinted SCOTT Factory Racing’s Philip Buys (RSA) and Matthys Beukes (RSA) to secure their third stage win of the event, while third place on the stage went to EAI Cycling’s Hanco Kachelhoffer (RSA) and Johann Rabie (RSA). Masters’ categoryWilde 3’s Izak Visagie and Lieb Loots dominated the masters’ category. The South Africans won all but Saturday’s final stage, finishing second to Brug Meesters’ Charles Nienaber (RSA) and Ergee du Toit (RSA). Loots and Visagie’s overall winning margin more than two hours ahead of Stone Hammer’s Malcolm Dods (GBR) and Zbigniew Wizner (Swe), with Nienaber and Du Toit rounding out the final overall podium. Woolcock and Kleinhans finished fourth, 54 seconds behind the winners but with their overall lead firmly secure. They ended up beating runners-up Buys and Beukes by almost 10 minutes, with FedGroup Itec’s Brandon Stewart (RSA) and Konny Looser (Sui) completing the podium. South African Darren Lill won his third stage in the solo men’s division on Saturday, but Adriaan Louw (RSA), the winner of the other four stages, claimed the overall title. “This was probably the toughest week of my bike racing life. The tougher stages were on the four good weather days and the easier stages were made tough by the rain and mud! ‘A great feeling’“It’s a great feeling to win here again. We had some really strong competition, which makes the win even more special,” added Kleinhans, who won the inaugural edition with Jonny Kritzinger in 2009 and the mixed division with his wife Ariane in 2011. Team RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock and Erik Kleinhans secured a South African victory in the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek in rain-drenched Oudtshoorn on Saturday, with the women’s title going to the Team RE:CM Davinci combination of Denmark’s Annika Langvad and Switzerlands’s Ariane Kleinhans. “The racing was the most exciting we’ve seen yet and a great precursor to the 2014 event, which will have official UCI race grading.” “It’s a great feeling to win what has been a really tough race. Annika was an amazing partner and so strong throughout,” said Ariane Kleinhans. “It’s been a dramatic and challenging fifth edition of the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek, but a watershed edition for sure,” Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management, the race’s co-founder, said in a statement on the weekend. They fought a race-long battle with Asrin Cycling 3’s 2012 winners, Jennie Stenerhag (Swe) and Craig Gerber (RSA), who finished as 2013 runners-up. Third place went to Asrin Cycling 2’s Nizaam Esa (RSA) and Catherine Williamson (GBR). 28 October 2013 The veteran division title also went to the Netherlands. The Cube Nutswerk 2 team of Micha de Vries and Rik van den Hanenberg finished second on Saturday to Klein Karoo Vets’ Wynand Mulder (RSA) and Gerrie Beukes (RSA), but the Dutchmen had done enough on the previous six stages to capture the overall title ahead of Mulder and Beukes. Cannondale Blend Vets’ Martin Epstein (RSA) and Stefano Madies (RSA) were third overall. “We knew some teams were going to go hard for the stage win and that Philip and Matthys wanted to attack our overall lead, so we really had to make sure we kept them in our sights and kept our risk of crashing or mechanicals as low as possible,” Erik Kleinhans said after securing the overall victory. “The women’s field was stronger than ever before this year and we never once were able to let our guard down. It’s great to see this women’s category growing in depth and I’m sure this growth will continue in the future.” Women’s raceIn the women’s race, Langvad, the Danish marathon champion, and Kleinhans, the Swiss marathon champion, confirmed their complete dominance of the event when they claimed their seventh stage win. They beat Wheeler BMC’s Esther Suss (Sui) and Jane Nuessli (GBR) by more than an hour and 35 minutes in the general classification, with defending champions, Klein Karoo Chicks’ Yolande Speedy (RSA) and Yolande de Villiers (RSA), taking third place overall.last_img read more

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Check out a Down Under IoT solution to environmental quality

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#air quality#Australia#environment#environmental health#Internet of Things#IoT#sensors#smart city According to the head of an Australian environmental consulting services company, the first part of improving environmental quality is tracking it, overcoming regular methods that only capture a few locations and focus on basic displays of real-time data.Robin Ormerod, the Managing Director of EnviroSuite, says, “Often, the information displayed lacks context, and it is difficult for decision makers to use when managing environmental quality.”See Also: How to avoid a massive smart city pitfall“While much of the smart city focus tends to be on features such as high-speed networks, intelligent control systems and efficient transportation options, there are opportunities to go even further. Increasingly, smart city projects are also including objectives to improve the health of its citizens, based on systems that monitor and manage environmental factors, such as air and water quality,” explains Ormerod.EnviroSuite also provides environmental tracking software with the same name. Ormerod is focused on using the large amounts of sensor data being generated to make big improvements.“Collected data can range from the air quality on city streets to the water quality and levels in streams and rivers. Other sensors can measure wind conditions, temperatures, and ambient noise levels. Most importantly, when combined in a clever way, these different sources can be used to predict problem areas, or provide early warnings of potential environmental problems, so that these issues can be avoided with efficient action, “Ormerod says.Oremerod continues, “For example, if air quality is poor (or predicted to be poor), traffic levels could be dynamically managed to improve air quality. This is much more efficient than the strict bans on vehicles that have been imposed in some cities. Citizens could also be sent automated notifications advising them of the best course of action to improve air quality, with targeted messages to different types of vehicles that contribute most to the issue. Meanwhile, data collected by water quality sensors (or predicted by high-accuracy rainfall forecast) can alert the city to changing conditions. For example, runoff after heavy rain might cause localized flooding, issues for swimmers or water treatment plants. Alerts could be issued to citizens or treatment plant operators, with follow-up notices as soon as the sensors determine that conditions have improved.”Easy to implement?Ormerod doesn’t believe that implementing a city-wide environmental tracking system has to be a complex process, stating that he thinks the systems needed could be stored in cloud-based data centers and run with inexpensive hardware“The sensors themselves can be located on existing infrastructure such as light poles, bus shelters, building exteriors and water pipes. Once in place, they require little or no maintenance and most can be powered by solar cells. The data they produce can be fed back for analysis via an existing network or 3G/4G networks,” he continues.This system will be most useful once the monitoring and forecasting of environmental data is interpreted and communicated in a real-time format that allows decision makers to implement smart city solutions that can improve the quality of life in the cities they manage. The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruptioncenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Amanda Razani How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

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Take science and good edu to deprived children: Prof C N R Rao

first_imgGuwahati, Apr 28 (PTI) Bharat Ratna Prof C N R Rao today advised the students Gauhati University to cope with upcoming challenges with defined goals and urged them to take science and good education to the deprived children.Delivering the 26th convocation address of the University, Rao appealed the degree holders to take science as well as good education to the doors of the deprived children, specially in the villages.”I hope that those of you who are interested in science and research will not give up this ambition. You can become a scientist at any stage of your life. It does not matter what degree you have, whether it is a science degree or an engineering degree,” he said.Assam Governor and Chancellor of the University Banwarilal Purohit said “Gauhati University has scaled heights of honour and glory and in the recent NIRF (2017) by MHRD, it has secured the 27th rank among Universities in India.””This is a proud moment and the credit for it goes to the students, the faculty and the administration collectively.He asked the students to build a strong moral character and display highest degree of honesty in personal and professional life and contribute to make India corruption free.It was a moment of jubilation and pride for 1,400 students of the University who were conferred bachelors, masters, MPhil and PhD degrees in the convocation.Prof Rao and veteran Assamese litterateur Nilmani Phookan were awarded with D.Litt (Honoris Causa), while renowned Assamese classical dance artiste Hem Chandra Goswami, artist and painter Col Jiten Hazarika, social activist, lyricist and film maker from Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tata and social activist and sports personality from Nagaland Tasile N Zeliang were honoured with Doctorate degree (Honoris Causa).advertisementVice Chancellor of the University Dr Mridul Hazarika said “Gauhati University represent the indomitable spirit of the people of Assam and their untiring efforts to realise their dreams of having an institute of higher learning in this region.” PTI ESB DKBlast_img read more

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Where is the conflict of interest? asks Akhil Kumar

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Indian boxings national observer Akhil Kumar today rejected insinuation of conflict of interest in his appointment, saying that casting aspersions on him is unfair as he is neither a beneficiary of government schemes nor a part of the national camp.Reacting sharply to reports that his appointment by the Sports Ministry was against the rules, Akhil, a former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist and World Cup bronze- medallist, told PTI that the controversy has left him flummoxed.”People say that top-level sportspersons should come into the mainstream to promote sports in India. When we are doing that, controversies are being created,” Akhil, who is no longer an amateur boxer and has turned professional, said.”When I competed in my last amateur boxing competition, which was Asian Games 2014, and reached round of 16, people said he is a veteran with lots of injuries, his sporting career is over,” he recalled.”Being an experienced Olympian and veteran boxer, the Government of India has appointed me as a National Observer but now people are saying I am an active sportsperson preparing for CWG and Asian Games 2018,” he laughed.The 36-year-old, who was a quarterfinalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, had recently recommended youth boxer Shashi Chopra into the national camp. The Haryana-teen went on to win a gold medal at the youth World Championships last month.”For the information of my well-wishers, I have not participated in any national and international tournament since Asian Games 2014. I am just pursuing my professional boxing career,” he explained.advertisementAkhil was among the 12 current and former athletes, who were made national observers in March this year to ensure better monitoring of Olympic sports.”At present, I am not an active amateur sportsperson. I am competing in professional boxing which has no concern with the Boxing Federation of India, SAI and GOI. Pro Boxing has no concern with government funding or national camps,” he said.The national observers include the likes of Olympic- gold-medallist shooter Abhinav Bindra, double Olympic- medallist Sushil Kumar and boxing legend M C Mary Kom among others.Of these, Sushil and Mary Kom are still active in their respective sports. Mary Kom was, in fact, Indias lone gold- medallist at the Asian Championships last month.Akhil stated that since he is not benefitting from any government funding nor is he in line for selection at the national camp, implying conflict of interest in his role is ridiculous.”I observe, analyse, review and report on the performance of Indian and foreign coaches and the progress of performance of the national campers and I am not a part of the national camp.”I help to identify medal prospects under TOPS (Target Olympic Podium Scheme), finalise training programmes of chosen athletes and monitor their performance. I am not in the line for TOP Scheme,” he said.”Then where is the conflict of interest?” he asked. PTI PM ATK ATKlast_img read more

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