“I was this close last time, so next time I won’t mess up.”Saturday’s bout is mired in controversy. The Saudis have faced intense diplomatic fallout over last year’s murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the conservative kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.Ruiz, however, said he was “happy to be here in Saudi Arabia”.“It feels really good. I feel at home you know. Everybody has been treating me with love and especially enjoying the really good food that they have in this country,” he said.Activists accuse Saudi rulers of using sport as a tool to try and soften their international image.Share on: WhatsApp Pressure on Anthony Joshua, says RuizRiyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr said Monday that all the pressure will be on dethroned champion Anthony Joshua in their contentious showdown in Saudi Arabia.Ruiz, who was born in the United States but fights as a Mexican, caused one of boxing’s biggest upsets in New York in June when he handed Joshua a first defeat to win the WBA, IBF and WBO crowns in New York.The pair will fight the rematch on Saturday in Diriyah, close to the Saudi capital Riyadh, in a hotly-anticipated contest dubbed “Clash on the Dunes”.“We’ve got to see where he’s at because all the pressure is on him. The pressure isn’t on me because I followed my dream, made my dreams come true,” Ruiz said in Riyadh.“Of course I want more though –- I want the legacy of Andy Ruiz Jr.”Joshua said he was “comfortable” and “very relaxed” ahead of the rematch.“I am just going to win. I know I can do it,” Joshua said.
The Washington NFL franchise is retiring the term “Redskins” and there are at least five options for the name change which was motivated by money rather than the team having a true racial sensitivity chip.This comes about a week after FedEx formally asked team owner Dan Snyder to change the name or the company would pull their sponsorship.FedEx is a primary sponsor of the team, and holds the naming rights to FedEx Field, where Washington plays. That same day, Nike removed all apparel from its website that included the word “Redskins.” Apparel from every other NFL team remained.“Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years,” the team said in a statement.So now that Washington is moving on from its old name, we take a look at some potential new names for the franchise.1. “Washington Redtails”The Washington Redtails is a name that started gaining traction this month. “The name Redtails celebrates the WWII Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces,” the graphic reads. “The nickname Redtails comes from their planes, which had a distinct crimson tail.”This name works for a variety of reasons. It allows Washington fans to keep the “HTTR” motto, the color scheme remains mostly the same and it honors the Tuskegee Airmen.Quarterback Dwayne Haskins even likes this one.2. “Washington Warriors”This name still draws some controversy. On one hand, it continues to keep Native Americans in mind while removing the term “Redskins.” But on the other hand, many people have an issue with Native Americans being used as a mascot at all.This is likely a name the franchise will consider, but since people are already having problems with it, switching to Warriors doesn’t seem like it’d be a smart move. It is worth pointing out that Snyder trademarked the name “Washington Warriors” in 2000. He was planning to use it for an Arena Football League team, but that team never developed.UPDATE: D.C. radio host Kevin Sheehan said during a podcast he had it “on pretty good authority” that Warriors is the leading contender for the Redskins’ replacement name.“I don’t think that’s a reveal by any stretch,” Sheehan said. “I think people do know that the Redskins have marked Washington Warriors just in case, and that this has been the way. I would bet big money on the Warriors being the new name for the football team.”3. Washington Hogs/Washington Red HogsThe Hogs were the nickname for the Washington offensive line that helped the franchise win three Super Bowl titles during the 1980s and early 1990s. Snyder said he wants to honor the “proud tradition and history of the franchise,” so what better way to do that than to name your team after the group that helped you win Super Bowls?The offensive line was simply called “The Hogs,” but if Washington wanted to get a little more creative, it could go with Red Hogs. The Red Hog is an actual animal, and it would allow the team to maintain its color scheme.4. Washington RedHawksDesigner Brandon Moore mocked up a logo and uniform design for RedHawks, a name that gained attention in 2017 due to a bizarre hoax. A group of Native American activists began tweeting out links that mocked the design of websites like Sports Illustrated, ESPN and others. But the websites were fake. (You can read more details on that movement here.)The group of Native American activists explained why RedHawks was a valid name change in a statement. Official Statement on #GoRedhawks campaign by Native advocates. “We created this action to show the NFL and the Washington Football franchise how easy, popular and powerful changing the name could be.” https://t.co/WBlk1WRR6n pic.twitter.com/M7uMBbbw7V — Washington Redhawks (@redhawksdc) December 13, 2017This wouldn’t be the first time a sports team changed its name from Redskins to RedHawks. Miami of Ohio made this switch during the 1997-98 school year. 5. Washington RedWolvesThe RedWolves is a name that started gaining traction from fans late in the process. Even some former Washington players praised the name. Will Compton tweeted his support tweeting, “I’d want to come back to Washington for one day and retire a Red Wolf.”Fred Smoot also praised the name on NBC Sports Washington.“It is an endangered species. It allows us to keep the ‘HTTR,’” Smoot said. “It allows us to keep the burgundy and gold. It allows us to have some crazy uniforms. Like I said before, I can see 80,000 people in FedEx Field howling like wolves after Chase Young gets a sack to win a game.”Honorable MentionsSome other names that have been floated out there include the Renegades, Defenders, Senators and Sentinels. The Sentinels would mimic the fictional team from “The Replacements.” And even though the XFL is dead, it seems unlikely the Redskins would just pick up the D.C. Defenders’ team name.The Senators got some early traction, but according to The Washington Post, the Nationals still own that moniker, and that’s probably a good thing. “Senators” doesn’t draw much excitement.Other names center around Washington’s political theme like the Washington Trumps…which is a longshot.
The Kwakwani Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) elected new members to head the body, following the hosting of elections on Wednesday. Juanita Leacock has been elected as the new Chairperson, while Carl Liverpool was elected as Vice Chairman. Following the elections, Leacock said she was proud to be elected to the post and called on the rest of the elected members and the community to work together in an effort to move the community forward.“Our functions only begins after we are sworn in, which will be at a later date setNew Chairperson, Juanita Leacock and new Vice Chairman Carl Liverpoolby the Minister. Today (Wednesday) marks another remarkable achievement, not only for us Councillors Carl Liverpool, Sharmella Sulker Thomas, Maleka Russell, Charles Thom, Faye Navarro Rodriguez and yours truly, but for Kwakwani at large. The task ahead of us is great, and no one-man team can accomplish this. Much is expected from us, but we ask only for one thing and that is Kwakwani team work.”Leacock added that transparency and inclusiveness are high on the agenda for the newly elected officials as they work towards community development.According to the new Chairperson, development of the community is dependent on the efforts of “Councillors, community leaders, groups and all other members of our community near and far. Transparency and inclusiveness is our aim, as we believe that the more people know, the more they understand and can appreciate and with more people involved more can be accomplished because each person has their own ideas, opinion, skill, experience and understanding.”“We cannot promise that we will be able to please everyone, nor can we say we will be able to achieve all that you expect us to achieve or that we hope to achieve within the year 2018, but we can promise you that we will work to the best of our ability to get as much work done and complete until our time is up and pave the way for long-term development,” she added.Merna Adrian had previously served as Chairperson while Kelvin Daly had served as Vice Chairman of the Kwakwani NDC.
Guyanese artistes and business owners will soon be able to rest easy, as the Government embarks on updating and enforcing the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation.The IPR legislation allows creators to safeguard their work through patents, trademarks and copyrights, resulting in prevention of plagiarism, with the relevant laws as artillery should the need arise.Panelist: Enrico Woolford, Ruel Johnson, Marian Williams, Vishu Dooerga, Dominique Hunter, and Gavin MedoncaIn an attempt to get the consultation process started, a panel discussion was held by the US Embassy on Friday, with the focus being the importance of the IPR and how it would affect and benefit Guyanese artistes.One of the key points of discussion was the need for Guyanese to appreciate and respect local music, productions and property. This issue was raised by local talent Gavin Mendonca.“What’s lacking in Guyanese society as a whole, from the chambers of Parliament to homeless people, is we seem to lack respect and appreciation for each other and for ourselves.”Another area up for discussion was the need for the general public to be educated about the particulars of the IPR legislation.In addition to Mendonca, the remainder of the panel included Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes; Head of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Vishu Doerga; Executive Member of the Guyana Women Artists’ Association, Dominique Hunter; Cultural Advisor to the Social Cohesion Ministry, Ruel Johnson; and Chairman of the National Communication Board, Enrico Woolford.Guyana’s Trademark Act and Patents and Design Act were tabled in 1973, whilst the Copyright Act is dated 1956.