Defeating Carlos Melina Saturday night for the International Super Lightweight title was not enough for Adrien Broner, the boxer-rapper who has been considered over-the-top by many. Rather, Broner, the former WBC welterweight champion, made racially insensitive comments about Melina.“I’ve beaten Africans, and I just beat the f*** out of a Mexican,” Broner said to Showtime cable network’s Jim Gray.Wednesday, the World Boxing Council issued a suspension and demanded a public apology. In a statement, the WBC said: “The World Boxing Council holds human equality as its banner and will not accept a former WBC champion to make racially offensive statements.“Since words have different meanings and can be interpreted in different ways , the WBC is issuing this open letter to Adrien Broner to either clarify what he meant with his words or to issue a public apology if those words were intended to be disrespectful and offensive.“Adrien Broner is hereby suspended from participating in any WBC-sanctioned championship and will be excluded from the WBC ratings until the time he makes a public apology satisfactorily to the public of the world.”According to BoxingScene.com, Broner, 24, was immediately remorseful, apologizing to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer as soon as he got out of the ring, saying, “I’m sorry for what I said.”“Sometimes [Broner] says stuff without really thinking, because as I came out into the ring the first thing he said to me was ‘I’m so sorry that I said what I said.’ He’s a young guy,” Schaefer said, “and I’m going to keep trying to explain to him, and maybe somebody like Bernard (Hopkins) who has the experience would certainly be a great coach in that regard.”
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is mulling the idea of commencing a pilot project in Park Street area, for putting all overhead wires underground.Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Wednesday that a meeting in this regard has already been held in presence of state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim and a number of agencies like cable service MSOs, CESC, BSNL and similar stakeholders, whose wires, hanging from lampposts, trees and every vantage point, is an eyesore in the city’s skyline. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The state government is seriously trying to work out a strategy on how to clear this ‘jungle of wires’. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has formed a high level committee in this regard, that comprises ministers like Firhad Hakim, Chandrima Bhattacharya, Moloy Ghatak and me. Kolkata is not a planned city like New Town, Rajarhat or Nabadiganta area in Salt Lake. So, the process will take time,” Chatterjee said.Responding to a poser from CPI(M) councillor Madhuchhanda Deb at the monthly meeting of the civic body, the Mayor pointed out that the paucity of road space in the city is a major hurdle in putting the overhead wires underground. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”There are a number of such overhead wires belonging to utility services, which have gone defunct. Locating the operational ones among them is a difficult job. Putting such overhead wires underground throughout the city will not be possible. Hence, we are working out a strategy,” Chatterjee maintained.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing multi-service operators (MSOs) and cable operators in April, had asked them to clean up the mess of wires and urged all stakeholders, including Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), Public Works Department (PWD) and private utility CESC, whose posts are used to string up the cables, to chalk out a concrete plan that would set the house in order. It may be mentioned that the city has around 2,500 cable operators and 17 lakh cable homes, where the cables are connected. A conservative estimate puts the length of cables dangling all over the city at 20,000 km.In New Town, all cables have been underground since the inception. Pipes have been laid on both sides of the road at a depth of about 1 metre, to carry optic fibre cables or satellite TV cables. There are junction points every 20 metre or so, for connections to reach individual plots.
Tags: America, Donald Trump, Trend Watch Share Thursday, February 2, 2017 U.S. travel industry worries travel ban could echo post 9-11 period WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries could slow the U.S. economy by hampering two of the nation’s top export industries: Tourism and higher education.Trump’s immigration order followed his order to build a wall along the border with Mexico and his vow to rip up NAFTA. Combined, those moves could discourage visitors and students from many countries – not just the seven covered by the order – economists say.They also reflect Trump’s shift toward an “America First” approach and away from the pro-globalization policies embraced by his predecessors. His combative trade stance potentially could open the door for China and other economic powers to fill a void.“Broad-brush policies like this people barrier impede growth and certainly do not accelerate it,” David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, wrote in an email. “Trump has now set back the positive elements of global exchange in both goods and services.”Foreign tourists provide critical support to the U.S. economy. In 2015, they spent roughly $199 billion on items ranging from hotel rooms and restaurant meals to plane tickets and amusement parks. That spending counts as exports. Travel and tourism made up nearly 9 per cent of U.S. exports that year.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulySome economists say they worry that Trump’s order could create an echo of the post-9-11 period, when travel to the United States plunged, in part because of much tighter security. In the 10 years that followed – a period the travel industry recalls ruefully as the “lost decade” – the U.S. share of overseas travel fell by nearly one-third, according to the Council on Foreign Relations. That cost the U.S. economy $500 billion.“The message got around the world that the United States was an unfriendly country to visit – that it’s a big hassle to visit there,” said Edward Alden, a senior fellow at the Council and author of “The Closing of the American Border,” a book about U.S. security after 9-11.Given the disruptions at U.S. airports caused by Trump’s immigration order, which were widely covered by television news around the world, “it’s that story all over again,” Alden said.Proceeds from tourism and education help narrow the nation’s trade deficit, a frequent target of Trump’s criticism on the campaign trail. Travel and tourism exports exceed overseas sales of autos and auto parts, which totalled $152 billion in 2015. Agricultural exports amounted to $137 billion.Yet Trump’s orders “couldn’t happen at a worse time,” said Adam Sacks, president of Tourism Economics. Even before Trump’s executive orders, a strong dollar had made it costlier for foreign travellers to visit the United States.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedAnd weaker economies in many countries, from China to European nations, have begun to slow the flow of tourists to the United States. Sacks estimates that travel and tourism spending barely grew last year from 2015’s record level.“The P.R. optics on this are terrible,” Sacks said.Trump’s immigration order and belligerent rhetoric about a wall along the Mexican border add up to “a series of immigration and trade policies that are all conveying to the world that we’re not interested in visitors coming to the U.S.,” Sacks said.Laura Mandala runs a company in Alexandria, Virginia, that does market research for clients in the travel industry, including the Marriott hotel chain and state travel bureaus. Many of her clients spent less on her services in the years that immediately followed 9-11. Now, she fears a repeat.“It’s the uncertainty,” Mandala said. “When something dramatic happens, they put a freeze on spending until they can figure out what the environment will be like.” << Previous PostNext Post >> By: Christopher S. Rugaber Source: The Associated Press