TOKYO, (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said yesterday it wants Tokyo to understand the reasons why it is switching the 2020 Games marathon to the northern city of Sapporo, a decision that has infuriated the capital’s governor Yuriko Koike. The IOC announced a plan earlier this month to move the marathon and race walking events to the northern island of Hokkaido due to concerns about heat in Tokyo next summer.John Coates, the IOC’s Coordination Commission chief for the Tokyo Games, said at the start of a regular Coordination Commission meeting that he did not want to leave at the end of the week without gaining the people of Tokyo’s understanding about the move.“We owe it to the people of Tokyo to make sure they are fully briefed,” Coates said. Coates cited the example of the athletics world championships in Doha where the heat and humidity forced many athletes to drop out of the race despite the marathon being held at midnight.He said he had explained these reasons to Koike.Tokyo temperatures in July and August, when the city will host the Games, regularly exceed 30 degrees Celsius with high humidity adding to the discomfort. Coates added that he wanted to form a four-party group comprised of the IOC, the Tokyo government, national government and the 2020 Organizing Committee to work out the details of the change.Koike, speaking at the same coordination committee meeting, repeated her stance that the races should remain in Tokyo.“We consider it an unprecedented turn of events to make such an abrupt proposal with no consultation or discussion whatsoever with the host city Tokyo,” Koike said. Tokyo had invested a lot of time and money into preparing anti-heat measures and had even earned praise from IOC head Thomas Bach, she said.While the safety of the athletes was important, organisers could not ignore that many of them had been training and preparing for the Tokyo climate.“The Games will not succeed without our trust in each other,” she said. Koike has said the capital was ready to make further adjustments, including changing the route and start time with some media reports saying to as early as 3:00 a.m.The IOC has said temperatures in Sapporo, which will also host soccer games, are as much as five to six degrees cooler during the day.Organisers earlier this year had already moved up the starting times to 6 a.m. for the marathon and 5:30 a.m. for the race walk to avoid the blistering midday sun.When Tokyo hosted the Summer Olympics in 1964, they were held in October — an option no longer possible due to international sports schedules. Next year’s Games are set to run from July 24 to Aug. 9, with the marathon to be held on the final day.
(Field Level Media) Taurean Prince collected season highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets overcame a 15-point deficit and beat the visiting Houston Rockets 123-116 last night. The Nets improved to 2-3 and rebounded nicely from Wednesday’s 10-point loss to Indiana by outscoring Houston 93-71 over the final 32:31.Caris LeVert added 25 points for the Nets, who shot 49.4 percent while not being led in scoring by Kyrie Irving for the first time this season. Irving finished with 22 points and 10 assists to post his first double-double as a Net.Prince posted his third career game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds and shot 9 for 17 from the floor. The forward also made 6 of 10 3-pointers as the Nets shot 59.4 percent (19 of 32) from behind the arc. James Harden scored 36 points for the Rockets but struggled to get a shooting rhythm most of the night. After getting 59 in Wednesday’s wild 159-158 win at Washington, Harden shot 10 of 31 from the floor and missed 14 of 16 3-point attempts.Russell Westbrook flirted with a triple-double with 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds but the Rockets shot 41.4 percent and were 12 of 48 (25 percent) on 3-pointers.Brooklyn held a 15-point lead late in the third but the Rockets trimmed it to 104-98 on two free throws by Harden with 5:32 remaining. Irving’s 3-pointer with 4:53 remaining pushed the lead to 109-98 but Houston was within 109-103 on Harden’s uncontested dunk with 4:10 to go. The Nets sealed it when Irving connected with Prince, who hit an open 3-pointer from the left wing for a 114-106 lead with two minutes to go. Irving made it 117-108 with a step-back 3-pointer from the right corner with 55.9 seconds remaining.Harden scored 11 points as the Rockets forced 10 turnovers and took a 33-24 lead after the first quarter. The Rockets ended the quarter with an impressive 18-1 run over the last 4:29 and forced Irving into five turnovers.Houston expanded its lead to 45-30 on a jumper by Danuel House Jr. with 8:21 remaining in the first half but the Nets ended the half with a 31-14 run to take a 61-59 lead into intermission. Westbrook’s steal of Brooklyn’s inbounds pass and subsequent dunk forged a 68-68 tie with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter. The Nets countered with a 17-5 run and took an 85-73 lead on Prince’s layup with 3:48 remaining in the period and carried a 95-83 lead into the fourth.
West Indies legend, Andy Roberts has criticised Cricket West Indies’ decision to tour England amid the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in light of the tour not benefitting them financially. Roberts was speaking on the West Indies three-Test tour to England which will see them subjected to a 14-day quarantine and playing under a bio-secure atmosphere.This publication recently reported Chief Executive Officer of CWI, Johnny Grave as confirming that the West Indies will not benefit financially from the tour.“I don’t have a problem with them negotiating to go to England but what I have a problem with is there is a talk West Indies are not going to benefit from this tour financially,” Roberts said. The former Antigua fast bowler explained that he thinks going on the tour…“should be a mistake because the chances we are going to take I don’t think much more countries are willing to take that chance.”According to Grave under the ICC Future Tours Programme and the World Test Championship, income generated from a series is retained by the home board.“Our revenue is therefore restricted to the sponsorship money we receive from our team sponsors,” he had said. The 69-year-old Roberts also spoke of a loan from the ECB to CWI.“There are also rumours that one of the reasons West Indies undertake this tour is because it was a loan of £3M million from the ECB [England Cricket Board] some time and I think now that shouldn’t be a loan, that should be a gift to the West Indies Cricket Board for that risk they are willing to take.”Roberts revealed that the ECB is set to save £380M but will stand to lose it if no one tours. “We are taking the chances nobody else is willing to take and why are we taking the chance is to save England at least £380M because if no one goes to England they have to pay back that money and they are not willing to pay it back so why should we be a guinea pig and go sacrifice ourselves for nothing and if the Cricket Board indeed got the loan and find themselves in a bind they should come and explain to the public this is the reason we had to undertake that tour don’t just sit back and allow us to speculate,” Roberts stated.Grave had also confirmed to this publication that indeed CWI took a loan from ECB. He related in May the Caribbean board took “a short-term interest-free advance of US$3M from the ECB guaranteed to be paid back by the ICC in July.”However, Roberts did acknowledge he “more or less have sympathy on them because of the financial bind they are in right now…I think West Indies should have benefitted from this tour financially not just the three million pounds but you save England £380M, you know that’s a lot of savings…if they are not going to benefit then I have a problem with it, why take the risk and sacrifice the guys for it?”
The police report stated that a number of louvre windows had been removed from the office and a liquid, suspected of being kerosene was found nearby. CMC Police said they are also investigating a fire at an unoccupied building at the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Second Infantry Battalion Base at Maria Lodge on the Essequibo Coast. The fire at GECOM comes as the country awaits the official results of the disputed March 2 regional and general election. GECOM is expected to meet on Tuesday to receive a new report from the Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, indicating which of the political parties on the poll. GECOM sub-office building after the fire A police report said the floor of the building was partially burnt along with the walls located on the northern and southern side. The upper flat of the building was completely destroyed while the bottom flat was saved but sustained water and other damages. Nothing was saved from the inside of the building and the law enforcement authorities have since launch an investigation into the matter. Meanwhile, an investigation has been launched into an early morning fire that gutted a section of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Anna Regina Police Station. GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A building housing the sub-district of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was among three buildings set ablaze on Tuesday, police have confirmed. In his last report, which was not accepted by the GECOM chairman, retired justice Claudette Singh, Lownefield had said that the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) had defeated the main opposition People’s Progressive Party /Civic (POPP/C) The police said a security guard who was on duty said she heard a loud explosion at the back of the building and on investigation, saw two men running away from the area. They said the blaze at around 3.00 am (local time) badly damaged the building that had no electricity supply. The police said the GECOM building at Wismar, Linden that lies on the Demerara River was reported on fire at 1.35 am (local time) and that fire officials were able to contain the fire to the one building. The police said that the fire, which began at around 5.00 am (local time) was discovered by a police constable, who was making checks around the wooden building in the station compound when he noticed smoke emanating from the Office of the Regional Detective Inspectors and the Regional Prosecutor. Neighbours said they were able to bring the fire under control before the Fire Service .
Lynch said it is the Secretary of State who has the power to lift the visa restrictions at any time. CMC Speaking during a virtual press briefing, on Thursday, the Ambassador said records are confidential under US law – so we are not able to identify the individuals or provide details on any individual visa case.” She also refused to provide the total number of those who are facing the visa restrictions but reiterated that their family members may also face similar visa restrictions. Lynch admitted that the Government of Guyana was not formally informed of the visa restrictions, indicating that a public statement was made by the US Secretary of State and that statement was widely reported. The events following the March 2 elections, some of which I witnessed, indicate that there are forces that have repeatedly refused to accept the will of the people at the ballot box”. Lynch said the actions by the US Secretary of State sends a clear message about the consequences attached to “subverting democracy and the rule of law which pose a danger to us and our hemispheric partners”. GEORGETOWN, Guyana– United States Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch says that in the wake of the current political situation in the county, she will not be providing the names of the persons who will have their visas revoked by the US government. She added that the United States has been expressing its concerns over the situation in Guyana for several weeks and remains a friend of Guyana even as it continues to call for a final declaration based on the vote recount. The announcement of the visa restrictions was made on Wednesday by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said the restrictions were targeting persons the US believes are undermining democracy in Guyana, as the country still waits for a final declaration of the results from the elections. United States Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch Questioned about whether the US intends to take any further actions against Guyanese officials, the US Ambassador said she would not be able to comment on that.
The regulations also indicates that if a passenger interferes with the discharge of a crew member’s functions, that person is liable on summary conviction to a fine of one million Guyana dollars and to imprisonment for two years. The GCAA also announced that flights will be scheduled so as to avoid overcrowding at the airports. Passengers will be disinfected on the terminal and present their results along with their “Emergency Disease Screening Tool” forms which they will fill out onboard the aircraft. GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has warned that persons could face up to one million dollars and five years in jail if they fail to comply with the stipulated regulations for preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) when the international airports open next month. A one million dollar fine is also to be imposed on anyone who uses threatening words at an airport or in an aircraft and disobeying orders from a pilot or crew member along with three-months imprisonment. The document stipulates that all passengers are required to wear a mask at the airports and throughout their flights except for identification by law enforcement officials. They are also required to replace masks which have become wet or soiled and those who do not adhere to safety requirements will be refused access to the airport or aircraft or be removed therefrom. GCAA has also issued a number of rigid public health guidelines and regulations to airlines, ground handlers and airport authorities under the heading “Healthy-Safety Measures and Practices at Airports and on Aircraft during a Public Health Pandemic”. CMC “Any person or passenger who without reasonable excuse fails to comply or observe the health-safety requirements during flight, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction of a fine of up to $500,000.” Additionally, if a person acts out in a manner “endangers an aircraft or any person in an aircraft commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of G$3,000,000 and to imprisonment for five years.” According to the regulations, “passengers presenting or submitting a false or ‘non-factual’ molecular biological PCR test to the aircraft operator and to Port Health shall be liable to pay a fine of not more than GUY$250,000 upon summary conviction.” The authorities said that a system will remain in place where all passengers travelling to Guyana will be required to present a negative result from a PCR COVID-19 test seven days prior to travel except children under 12 years old accompanied by an adult who tested negative. Passengers who do not comply will be fined GUY$50,000 with the GCAA recommending N95, KN95 and FFP2 masks when flying. The Cheddi Jagan International Airport was set to reopen on July 1st for international commercial flights. However, in an earlier statement, the GCAA said it had consulted with the Ministry of Public Health and has made some adjustments to its reopening now scheduled for August.
LONDON – Experienced Jamaican striker Jamille Matt, who was released by Newport County after his two-year contract expired at the end of last season, has joined ambitious English League Two rivals Forest Green Rovers. “I have a lot of experience and I want to use this to help the team and match their ambition and desire to be successful.” Matt, 30, had a modest season at Newport, scoring just six goals as the Welsh outfit finished in mid-table. The previous season his 20 goals helped the club reach the play-off final in which they were beaten 1-0 by Tranmere Rovers. The six-foot, four-inch front man has signed a one-year deal at Forest Green after the upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic outbreak meant Newport were not in a position to offer him a new contract. “Jamille brings a different weapon to our armoury. We have not had a focal point since Christian Doidge left (to join Scottish outfit Hibernian). He can be a target man and gives you another option.” Matt amassed 97 appearances for Newport after joining the club in the summer of 2018 and formed a potent partnership with Padraig Amond. Forest Green manager Mark Cooper was quick to snap up Matt – one of eight new signings already at the club, who briefly led the table last season before fading to 10th, three points above Newport. Cooper said he was delighted to capture Matt, who has also played for Kidderminster Harriers, Plymouth Argyle, Grimsby Town and Blackpool. “He knows how to be successful at the level, not old in terms of years, but in games he is vastly experienced,” Cooper said. After arriving at the Gloucestershire outfit’s New Lawn ground, Matt spoke of his desire to push the club forward, saying: “I’m delighted to sign for Forest Green and Mark Cooper was the main factor in me signing. CMC
Other of Dobson’s recording included: “That Wonderful Sound”, “Sweet Dreams,” and “Endlessly” Dobson began singing in the 1950s while a student at Central Branch Elementary School in Kingston, and at Kingston College, where he sang on the chapel choir, and successfully took part in Vere Johns Opportunity Hour talent contest as a member of The Twilights. Settling to write and record romantic ballads, and later Lovers Rock he had several recordings, including his most popular hit, “Loving Pauper” which earned him the nickname of the same title. He’s survived by children, grandchildren, four brothers and three sisters In 1979, Dobson emigrated to New York City, where he worked in real estate, but continued recording, and performing at local and international shows, including Reggae Sunsplash and the Reggae Sumfest festivals in Jamaica. In 2011, the Jamaican government honored him with the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of Officer for his contribution to reggae music and representation of Jamaican culture. South Florida resident and popular Jamaican crooner and author Highland “Dobby” Dobson OD died on Tuesday, July 21 in a local hospital from complications arising from COVID-19 according to a family member. He was 78 years of age. While at Kingston College he wrote the song “Cry a Little Cry” as a tribute to his biology teacher. Recruiting some of his schoolmates he formed a group called Dobby Dobson and the Deltas. The group recorded the song in 1959, and it became a hit reaching #1 on the RJR charts that year. After leaving Kingston College, Dobson embarked on a solo singing career, recording for the late producers Sonia Pottinger, Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid. That year Dobson also wrote and published the fictional novel, ‘The Misadventures of Saucy and Her Mama’ the story of the adventures experienced by a Jamaican woman who migrated to the US. He later relocated to South Florida, where he also performed in several local productions, and was converted to a born-again Christian recording several gospel albums, including the album “Love Songs for Jesus.” In recent years Dobson became a victim of advanced dementia, and recently contracted COVID-19 from which he died. Disappointing album sales led Dobson to move into production, including The Meditations‘ late 1970s albums “Message From The Meditations” and “Wake Up”, as well as early work by Barrington Levy.
Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo All three judges on the panel– Justices Rishi Persaud, Dawn Gregory-Barnes along with Justice Priya Sewnarine – provided separate rulings, but all agreed on the need to dismiss the appeal, noting that the appeal was the fourth court matter since the elections were held. The three-member panel, in a near three-hour ruling, also agreed that most of the challenges raised during the appeal heard last Saturday were res judicata meaning that they were matters that had been adjudicated by a competent court and therefore may not be pursued further by the same parties. GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Court of Appeal on Thursday unanimously dismissed an appeal against a ruling in a lower court and gave the appellants one day to decide on their next move, as the challenges to the disputed March 2 elections seem to now be nearing an end. He said that even in the face of a 24-hour stay granted by the Court of Appeal, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) must now move ahead with declaring the winner of the elections in keeping with the recount figures. The appellant, Misenga Jones, had earlier appealed the July 20th ruling of Chief Justice Roxanne George on the grounds that she had erred in her judgement. Jones had challenged the Guyana Elections Commission’s (GECOM) move to make a declaration of the March 2 elections, using votes tabulated by the national recount process, which she said was ruled unconstitutionally by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on July 8. In the meantime, the leader of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday, welcomed the ruling. In dismissing the appeal as being frivolous and vexatious, the Court of Appeal also upheld that the Chief Elections Officer, as an employee of GECOM, must do as he is told by the Commission. “We are pleased that the decision was unanimous in this regard,” Jagdeo said during a virtual briefing moments after the judgment was handed down. The recount shows the PPP winning the elections by over 15,000 votes.