Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters, the Jamaican boxing star, is learning the hard way that although he can knock out opponents on a regular basis, (he has done so 21 times in 27 fights), it is much more difficult to win a negotiating battle with 84-year-old, Bob Arum.Arum is the head of Top Rank, one of the most successful boxing promoting companies in the world.For the past year, a fight between Walters, who until recently held the World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight super title and Vasyl Lomachenko, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion, has been one of the talking points in boxing circles.The plot one heard from time to time was for Walters and Lomachenko to meet different boxers on the same fight card, and presuming that both fighters won, they would then move into a mega clash with each other.Things took an unlikely turn, however, when Walters lost his title on the scales at the Madison Square Garden weigh-in on June 12, 2015, for a fight scheduled for the next day against Miguel Marriaga.He won that fight convincingly, but the all-important title was no longer his, and this weakened his bargaining power in the negotiations.December 19 drawOn December 19 last year in his next fight, this time as a super featherweight (130 pounds) against Jason Sosa, he ended up with a draw decision. The consensus was that he did win that fight, but the records speak loudly, and his bargaining power again dropped a notch.Promoter Arum decided to fast-forward the proposed Walters versus Lomachenko fight and negotiations started. There was, however, a difference with those negotiations. Instead of being carried out by his long-time manager, Jacques Deschamps, Walters himself took over.There has been some unease in his camp, because Walters was of the view that his purse for the Nonito Donaire title fight was not enough.Deschamps told The Gleaner that it was in fact lower than he would normally have gone for, but he took the strategic decision to accept what was offered, confident that Walters would win the title and boost his future bargaining and earning power.The mission was accomplished when Walters stopped Donaire in six rounds and became a super champion, but Walters was still unhappy and decided that he wanted to do his own negotiations.Information is that Walters did not do a good job with those subsequent negotiations. When the offer to fight Lomachenko came about, however, Walters decided to go for broke.Arum has stated publicly that the Walters demand to fight Lomachenko is for US$1million, a price he is not willing to pay. The Gleaner understands that Arum offered him US$550,000 instead, but Walters has refused that offer. They have been unable to come to any agreement, and last word is that Arum has moved on and is negotiating with WBO Super featherweight champion Roman Martinez to fight Lomachenko instead on June 11.The Gleaner has been unable to contact Walters for a comment as his telephone goes to voice mail and he has not responded to requests for a return call.His father, Job, told The Gleaner yesterday that he knows of the negotiations and he, too, believes that Walters is worth more than is being offered by Arum.He is, however, hopeful that regardless of what happens now, the fight will eventually take place.
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A new policy paper from the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) at UNESCO shows that the number of university level students doubled to 207 million between 2000 and 2014.It said, however, that governments are struggling to keep pace with rapidly rising demands and large disparities in access, with a large cost of higher education often falling to families, many of whom cannot afford it.The paper sets out a series of measures to make higher education more equitable and affordable, including ensuring that student loan repayments do not exceed 15 percent (%) of their monthly incomes. Anything more threatens to leave the disadvantaged behind.“By creating and transmitting vital knowledge, skills and core values, higher education is a cornerstone for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO. “Demand for higher education is going to continue rising. Governments must respond by introducing a range of new policies that will ensure the expansion doesn’t leave the marginalized behind, and that access is based on merit, not privilege.”Analyzing global trends, the paper mentioned six ways to ensure higher education leaves no one behind, and shows that only 1% of the poorest have spent more than four years in higher education, compared to 20% of the richest.Disadvantaged groups are also missing out. In South Africa, around a sixth of Africans and ‘Coloreds’ attended higher education in 2013, compared to over a half of whites. Similarly, in Mexico, less than 1% of the indigenous population attends higher education. In China, youth from rural areas are seven times less likely to attend university than students from urban areas.Access to higher education has expanded most rapidly in wealthier countries: Only 8% of young adults are enrolled on average in the poorest countries, compared to 74% in the richest countries. The greatest gender disparities are found among the poorest countries as well. Women made up only 30% of bachelor students in low-income countries in 2014.“In certain countries with deeply rooted social inequities, affirmative action through quota or bonus systems may be necessary to expand access to underrepresented groups, even if these mechanisms are controversial,” says Suzanne Grant Lewis, director of the IIEP.Private colleges and universities have expanded to cater to the growing pool of students, enrolling 30% of all students worldwide, rising to 50% in Latin America.Governments can’t keep pace financially with this expansion and families are left with the tab. Across 26 countries in Europe, households paid for 15% of the cost of higher education in 2011. In other high-income countries, household expenditures were even higher: 40% in Australia, 46% in the USA, 52% in Japan, and 55% in Chile.UNESCO, the only UN organization with responsibility for higher education, advises governments to use a combination of policies aimed at helping the disadvantaged, such as low tuition fees, need-based scholarships and loans repayments adjusted according to income, to help families manage the costs. The paper draws on a range of examples to show how different countries are expanding and diversifying higher education offerings to achieve greater equity.“The last thing we want is for higher education to be the ball and chain around students’ ankles,” said Aaron Benavot, Director of the GEM Report. “Coping with dramatic student expansion is not easy, but there are policy solutions governments can put into place to stop the bill falling to households.”Six specific recommendations are given to policy makers to make higher education equitable and affordable for all. They advise: 1) keeping an eye on the target by making sure those who need help the most are getting it. 2) Putting it into law in order to guarantee equity and affordability in regulatory frameworks. 3) Stepping up monitoring by establishing national agencies to ensure equal opportunities. 4) Varying admissions criteria by using different admissions criteria to respond to different individuals’ needs. 5) Providing varied student aid through an agency established specifically to coordinate different forms of student aid, such as loans and grants; and 6) Limiting student loan repayments to 15% of their annual income.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
… reiterates extra-parliamentary actions if President acts unilaterallyLeader of the Political Opposition, former President and People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, has committed to meeting with Head of State, David Granger on Monday over the brouhaha on the nominees for Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) with a second list rejected again this past week.Jagdeo made the pronouncement on Thursday as he met with members of theOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeomedia at his Church Street Office and said despite his disagreement with the President’s decision, the offer to meet must be taken at face value as an attempt at a collaborative approach in solving the imbroglio.The Opposition Leader was quick to also reject recent speculations published in the public domain purportedly sourced to him as positions adopted in light of the President’s refusal of his nominees.According to Jagdeo, “I do not conduct negotiations or discussion of a critical nature in the media…Nor will I telegraph my position.”The Opposition Leader sought to make it clear that the Executive of the PPP/C will be meeting today at which time the matter will be discussed.The former President prefaced his remarks to the media by openly rejecting theHead of State, David Grangerinterpretation offered by President Granger.According to Jagdeo, “I totally disagree with the President’s interpretation.”Granger in his rejection of the list said all of the persons did not meet with the criteria as set out in the Constitution.Those on the second rejected list by Head of State Granger are retired Justice of Appeal BS Roy; retired Justice William Ramlall; Attorney and former Magistrate, Oneidge Walrond-Allicock; Attorneys Kashir Khan and Nadia Sagar and businessman, Gerald Gouveia.Granger, in his rejection letter to Jagdeo on Friday last said, “I have examined the Curriculum Vitae of the six persons in light of the criteria defined in my letter to you dated 2017-03-14… I have found the list to be unacceptable within the meaning of the Constitution and of those criteria.”The Opposition Leader had met with media operatives earlier in the day and said, “if he (President Granger) moves outside of the list, he will have a fight.”Retired Judges Desiree Bernard, Claudette Singh, and Attorneys Ralph Ramkarran SC, Timothy Jonas and Ronald Burch-Smith have turned down his requests to be nominated.Meanwhile, Jagdeo did use the occasion to speculate on what the possible outcome of Monday’s meeting could be.According to Jagdeo, the President could request a brand new list; a request with which he will have to comply.He suggested too that the President could also decide to appoint a GECOM Chairman unilaterally and reminded that this course of action will be staunchly resisted.The PPP General Secretary indicated “our big concerns particularly given signals from the government that they may be a move to unilaterally, unconstitutionally, and unlawfully appoint a Chairman of GECOM.”He said should the President go this route he will be faced with “litigation and there are other actions that I will not speak about at this point in time.”According to former President Jagdeo, the PPP/C will be exercising extra-parliamentary and parliamentary actions.Jagdeo suggested too that President Granger could very well suggest a completely different course of action in resolving the imbroglio – a suggestion that would have to be taken under advisement.Meanwhile, on the matter of the pending court case filed by a private citizen with a view to secure an interpretation of the constitutional provision for the appointment of the GECOM Chair, the former President said he will not be awaiting the determination of that case.Jagdeo surmised there is no assurance that the matter will be determined in finality at its next hearing and in fact the matter could very well be appealed all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice.He suggested that the matter is of such a nature that it would be imprudent for him to await its conclusion.GECOM has been without a Chairman since February 28, 2017, when Dr Steve Surujbally stepped down after 15 years at the helm.
SYLMAR – A 32-year-old man was killed while crossing a street in Sylmar after he was struck by a hit-and-run motorist who abandoned his blue Chevrolet Tahoe about two blocks away from where the pedestrian was hit. Police said the drama began as Joseph Wichmann was crossing Glenoaks Boulevard at Monte Street just after 9 last night outside a crosswalk, near his house. A Tahoe headed south on Glenoaks hit him, sending him 90 feet, officials said. He died at the scene. The identity of the hit-and-run suspect was not immediately available. He was said to have abandoned his damaged Tahoe with the license plate number of 5ROW149 about two blocks away from the scene before running away, police said. ———————————————————- AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Caption – Jade McClafferty on her horse London Jen after getting a lesson with Olympic medallist Cian O’ConnorIt’s not every day you get a lesson from an Olympic medallist. That’s the prize Jade McClafferty from St Johnston won at the Dublin Horse Show.The 14 year old spent a day with top Irish show jumper Cian O’Connor at his yard near Ashbourne. As it turned out it was a special day for both of them.Not only did Jade get a lesson from Cian, she also got to watch him win the Grand Prix at Killossery Show on the same day.“It was unbelievable as I thought I was going to spend an hour with him and as it turned out we were with him all day, he could not have been nicer,” said Jade.“It was great to see him in action and then to get a lesson with him in his indoor arena was really special. It’s a day I won’t forget.” Cian was just back from the US where he was competing in Florida and the next day he was off to Canada to teach students.He is hoping to qualify for the Olympics in Rio next year and is confident he can go one better than the London games in 2012 where he finished with a bronze medal.The prize lesson was sponsored by Gain Horse Feeds, one of Cian’s many sponsors.JADE IS STILL ‘CIAN’ ON SHOWJUMPING AFTER BRUSH WITH OLYMPIC MEDALLIST was last modified: November 27th, 2015 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:Cian O’ConnordonegalhorseJade McCalffertySt Johnston
Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has challenged the Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney to explain how over 2,500 applicants and families are on the housing list in Donegal when the recent report from the Housing Agency indicated that over 13,000 or 18.2% of homes are vacant across the county.Senator Mac Lochlainn, who said these homes are NOT holiday homes, said the Housing Agency has conducted research on the number of empty homes across the state.The report, which has been presented to the Minister for Housing and the Dáil Housing Committee, has revealed that as many as 230,000 homes across the state are vacant. He said “In Donegal there are over 13,000 vacant properties not including holiday homes. At 18.2% of homes in the county, this is a shocking figure”.“Returning as many of these vacant properties as possible back into use would be of enormous benefit to all sectors of our housing system. They could be used to get families out of emergency accommodation and off the housing list. At the same time bringing them back into use would help reduce the costs of renting homes in the private sector.“The Housing Agency recommends a range of measures to incentivise and force owners to bring these units back into use. These include refurbishment grants, compulsory purchase orders and a vacant property tax. All of these options must be explored.“A number of local authorities are already using compulsory acquisition powers to bring some vacant sites back into use. However the Minister for Housing must make more funding available to Donegal County Council to allow them to acquire a greater number of these units”. WHY ARE 2,500 FAMILIES ON HOUSING LIST IF 13,000 HOMES VACANT IN DONEGAL – MacLOCHLAINN was last modified: May 24th, 2016 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:donegalhousesSenator Padraig MacLochlainn
Optimism is high around Goodison Park This is how Everton’s 2017-18 season will unfold. All fixtures subject to change12/08/2017 15:00 Everton v Stoke City19/08/2017 15:00 Manchester City v Everton26/08/2017 15:00 Chelsea v Everton09/09/2017 15:00 Everton v Tottenham Hotspur16/09/2017 15:00 Manchester United v Everton23/09/2017 15:00 Everton v Bournemouth30/09/2017 15:00 Everton v Burnley14/10/2017 15:00 Brighton and Hove Albion v Everton21/10/2017 15:00 Everton v Arsenal28/10/2017 15:00 Leicester City v Everton04/11/2017 15:00 Everton v Watford18/11/2017 15:00 Crystal Palace v Everton25/11/2017 15:00 Southampton v Everton29/11/2017 19:45 Everton v West Ham United02/12/2017 15:00 Everton v Huddersfield Town09/12/2017 15:00 Liverpool v Everton13/12/2017 19:45 Newcastle United v Everton16/12/2017 15:00 Everton v Swansea City23/12/2017 15:00 Everton v Chelsea26/12/2017 15:00 West Bromwich Albion v Everton30/12/2017 15:00 Bournemouth v Everton01/01/2018 15:00 Everton v Manchester United13/01/2018 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur v Everton20/01/2018 15:00 Everton v West Bromwich Albion31/01/2018 19:45 Everton v Leicester City03/02/2018 15:00 Arsenal v Everton10/02/2018 15:00 Everton v Crystal Palace24/02/2018 15:00 Watford v Everton03/03/2018 15:00 Burnley v Everton10/03/2018 15:00 Everton v Brighton and Hove Albion17/03/2018 15:00 Stoke City v Everton31/03/2018 15:00 Everton v Manchester City07/04/2018 15:00 Everton v Liverpool14/04/2018 15:00 Swansea City v Everton21/04/2018 15:00 Everton v Newcastle United28/04/2018 15:00 Huddersfield Town v Everton05/05/2018 15:00 Everton v Southampton13/05/2018 15:00 West Ham United v Everton 1
Stefano Sturaro in action for Juventus 1 Everton are interested in snapping up Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro during the summer transfer window.The Italy international signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal with Juve last December and despite not being a regular starter, he remains a key member of the squad.His performances in midfielder have attracted the attention of Everton, who are keeping tabs on a number of Italian stars.And, according to Sky Italia, the Toffees are currently working on a deal to bring Sturaro to Goodison Park ahead of next season.It is unclear whether the Italian champions are willing to part with the 24-year-old, given he is still considered a valuable member of the squad.However, he is yet to establish himself as a guaranteed starter and it remains to be seen whether the midfielder will consider moving to England for regular football.
Mark Allen is to leave his role as Manchester City academy director to become Rangers’ director of football.The 54-year-old has been at the Etihad Stadium for more than seven years, and revolutionised the Premier League club’s youth set-up, but feels the time is right to move on and is looking forward to taking up his new post next month.Allen, who has a full UEFA coaching A licence, told rangers.co.uk: “I loved every minute of my time with Manchester City. They are a club with fantastic people and fantastic supporters, but the time was right for me to look for a fresh challenge and I am joining one of the world’s truly great football clubs.“Steeped in history and tradition, I am honoured to join Rangers and work with the board of directors, (manager) Pedro Caixinha, his management team and the staff at the club.”City tweeted: “Academy Director, Mark Allen has accepted a role with Scottish Premier League side @RangersFC as Director of Football from July 7th. #mcfc”Allen started his career as a youth player with Swindon before moving to San Diego to take up a football scholarship and business and accounting degree.He returned to the UK at the age of 24 and forged a successful business career, rising to managing director of MTV’s broadcast division in London during a 13-year spell with the global music corporation.Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson said: “We are delighted Mark has agreed to move to Glasgow and become our new director of football.“He is a man of vision who has achieved great success with Manchester City’s academy. He has excellent contacts in football but also the business world and he will be a great asset to Rangers.“We said we would not rush into an appointment as we wanted the right candidate, and we feel Mark is the best man for the job. We look forward to working with him closely in the years ahead in what will be an important role at the club.” Mark Allen has left Manchester City to move to Ibrox 1