As of today, the “Lika Quality” label proudly bears 98 products

first_imgSo far, a total of 98 products have been approved for the use of Lika Quality Znaka in the following categories: milk and dairy products, cream, honey, jam, brandy, tea, juice, meat and meat products, vegetables, fruits and fruit products, bakery products , souvenirs and handicrafts.“When you see products with the Lika Quality brand on the shelves, be sure that they are high-quality groceries and souvenirs, locally produced, with a foothold in the production tradition. In addition to branding the gastro-destination, the Lika Quality Label will enable a significant presence of local products on the market. The next step in branding the destination is the certification of the restaurant with the Lika Quality Mark. Those restaurants that offer dishes prepared by Lika Quality groceries will be able to apply for the Public Invitation. ” They point out from the Lika LAG and add that in this way local producers and caterers, ie tourists, will be connected, who will soon be able to enjoy local certified groceries when visiting the destination.Related news: CROATIA HAS 19 REGISTERED PROTECTED PRODUCTS AT EU LEVEL, AND ANOTHER 10 ARE IN THE REGISTRATION PROCESS&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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&lt;p&gt; Lag Lika and Cluster Lika Destination is implementing a five-year project of the regional quality system “Lika Quality” which aims to brand the destination of Lika and the sub-Velebit coast (Lika Destination) as a globally recognizable and environmentally friendly destination with a developed system of self-sustainable economies.All with a clear vision of branding Lika as a unique tourist destination with an excellent indigenous and ecological gastronomic offer.The Quality Character logo is proudly worn by a group of 15 manufacturers  (Tomaić commerce doo, Medical, Eko Gacka, OPG Štajdohar Josip, OPG Turkalj Petar, OPG Shop Dragan, OPG Čačić Alenka, OPG Vlainić Ivan, OPG Hećimović Nikolina, OPG Rukavina Juraj, OPG Pezelj Anita, OPG Rončević Ivana, OPG Furlan Darko, Gačanka Otočac and Vegium doo), and today they were joined by more 22 manufacturers: Obrt „Golac“, OPG Bronzović Marinko, OPG Bogdanić Helena, OPG Priher Ivica, Agrovelebit doo, OPG Šimunić Berislav, Ženska akcija Saborsko, OPG Rast Milan, Lička štrudla Briks jdoo, Klaonica Cesarica, OPG Mašić Mićo, OPG Čubrić Brigita, Internacionalni ceramics center Atelje Janja Gora, OPG Balenović Nikola, OPG Miškulin Nikola, Poljo Lika doo, Pro Milk doo, OPG Ćubelić Ivica, Obrt „Plitvička štrudla“, OPG Keča Perica, OPG Pavičić Marijan and OPG Sabljak Ljubica.last_img read more

Warriors-Wizards cheatsheet: Improved Wiz look to knock off champs

first_imgWizards Stock Report: A lot has changed since the last time these two teams matched up last October.-John Wall elected to … The Wizards are much improved since the last time they faced the Warriors. With the red-hot champs in town, the Wizards will try to derail Golden State’s winning ways.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup. When/Where: Capital One Arena, 5 p.m. (TNT)Wizards starting lineup: Jeff Green, Trevor Ariza, Thomas Bryant, Bradley Beal, Tomas Satoranskylast_img

49ers welcome Nick Bosa, almost all others back to practice

first_img“I’ve been running for a while now, after a week and a half out, I was starting to run. It’s about keeping the … SANTA CLARA — Defensive end Nick Bosa took an encouraging step Monday toward debuting in the 49ers season opener Sunday.Bosa looked pain free his return to practice, 26 days since sustaining a right-ankle sprain.“Whenever you’re hurt, you kind of get into a new routine, and finally to break that and get back out with the guys, it was really encouraging,” Bosa said.last_img

Clay is a natural for cosmetics

first_imgAdolphina Setsena and Dr Heidi Grimmer work closely to take the ProYouth Naturals products to market.(Image: Lucille Davie) The ProYouth Naturals products use herbs and clay as their base.(Image: ProYouth Naturals)MEDIA CONTACTS• Adolphina SetsenaCosmetics Entrepreneur+27 72 707 4105• Dr Heidi GrimmerMD, ABBC+27 83 444 5027Lucille DavieClay is usually used to make bricks or mould beautiful ceramic creations. It’s not something most people think of putting into a jar and using as a cosmetic. But Adolphina Setsena, one of the winners of the South African Breweries Foundation Social Innovation Awards of 2013, finds it as natural as brushing your teeth every day.Setsena’s ProYouth Naturals offer women a portfolio of skin care, foundation and body wellness products, many with a mix of African herbs known for centuries to provide healing and wellness. And now she has developed a new product, SNE54 Complex, which uses clay as the basis of her cosmetics and healing products, says Setsena.She grew up with two traditional healers – her grandmother and her aunt – and learned from the best how to mix different clays and plants to create natural remedies for ailments like arthritis and skin conditions. “I use the ingredients and compound them into cosmetics – I learned what in nature to use for wellness,” she says. It gives women the ability to “look great without the facelift”.Based in Pretoria, Gauteng, Setsena is a graduate of the Kickstart programme of South African Breweries (SAB), and has obtained certificates from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit and Training for Technology for Food, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics and Industrial Applicator. She started her business in 2004, and all product developments are manufactured and tested with the support of the Thumisano Trust and Sasol Chemcity, an enterprise development vehicle.Beauty products include shampoo, shower gel, bubble bath, body and hand lotion, body scrub and lotion butter. After ingredients are extracted from the herbs for these products, the leftover material is combined into leaves and seed pods to make room fresheners.Setsena, dressed for the interview in a stylish white studded dress with matching large white bangles, and with a flawless skin, shared the third prize in this year’s competition, which took place on 31 October, with two other winners, taking home R300 000 to help her take her products a step closer to market.InnovatorsFirst prize went to the Vula Eye Health Mobile Phone App, which pocketed R1-million. Created by William Mapham and Professor Kovin Naidoo, the app aims to improve eye care in South Africa’s poorer communities by educating people about different eye conditions, providing access to eye sight tests and connecting people to eye care professionals.Second prize of R500 000 went to Nuno Pires, the developer of the Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix, an injectable bone regeneration product that aims to replace traditional bone graft surgery.Setsena shares third place with SavvyLoo, a waterless toilet for rural communities; and Repurpose Schoolbag, a schoolbag made of 100% recycled plastic shopping bags.“The SAB Foundation Innovation Awards was established with the objective of rewarding and upscaling innovative sustainable solutions to the pressing daily challenges facing low-income people, specifically women, the youth, people with disabilities, and people living in rural areas in order to improve economic growth and prosperity and the quality of life of all South Africans,” reads the SAB website.The awards are “specifically focused on innovation solutions which have progressed past idea stage, and have reached at least proof of concept stage and now need a strong focus on commercialisation or scaling-up”.Seed grantsIn addition to the three top awards, several seed grants are awarded, particularly to women, youth, people in rural areas, and disabled people. The grant includes funding for the upscaling and commercialisation of the innovation, which is supported by the SAB Foundation over a period of two years or longer, as needed.Seed grants of R150 000 each were awarded to nine innovators, including Power in a Bottle, a mobile solar energy power pack housed in a 5L plastic container; Know Your Child, an IT platform which sends pupils’ homework requirements from teachers to parents via mobile text messages; Bulk Brick Layer, a brick-building template which eliminates the complexities of the skill; SMART Stand-by, a device that monitors electrical power usage; and Tour2.0, an online tour operator offering tour packages in local communities.“The grant [is] awarded for either products or processes that present an innovative solution to the pressing challenges facing women, the youth, persons with disabilities and persons in rural areas. Product innovation covers innovations in both goods and services, which can again be divided into new or improved products,” states SAB.Applications are judged by various criteria: the impact of the product or solution and whether it solves a long-standing problem experienced by the poor; the extent to which the innovation will potentially benefit this group; the scalability or to what degree the product can be produced in large numbers for a large number of people; the degree to which the product will encourage others to push their own innovations; and the commercial viability of the product in the long term.ProductsSetsena says her products are a blend of traditional herbs and barks for skin wellness. “We create a supply chain, we don’t cut down trees, we use the leaves.” She expects to be manufacturing her products for stores by March 2014, and plans to approach retail chains Pick n Pay and Clicks as a starting point.She has developed products particularly for “ethnic skins”, because conventional, and usually imported, foundation does not work for black and brown skin. And she has created a cream and foundation in one, which means it has a healing function as well as being a foundation, she explains. It consists of three or four tones of brown, and according to Setsena, it is a first local product especially created for South African women.Alongside working on her business, Setsena is completing a three-year herbalist course. “This is a calling; it is information from the ancestors about life, and it tells me who I am.”The clay used is volcanic ash, and other clays. And, from an early age she learned which herbs she could drink or not. “I am a curious person, fascinated with paranormals. I like to research and ask questions. I believe there is an answer to everything.”A fortuitous meetingHer dream was encouraged by a meeting two years ago with Dr Heidi Grimmer, the managing director of ABBC and herself an entrepreneur who specialises in providing innovative enterprise development solutions to the manufacturing industry. “Entrepreneurs receive mentoring to ensure that their businesses grow and become profitable,” states the ABBC website.“Our Enterprise Supplier Development model identifies, nurtures and enables high potential entrepreneurs, with a particular emphasis on the development of black women-owned businesses,” says Grimmer.She is a bio-chemist and started her career as a researcher at SAB 14 years ago, where she developed the ESR method that allows breweries to measure the shelf life of their beers in three hours, as opposed to the conventional three-month shelf life testing methods. This rapid feedback was very useful to the brewmasters, allowing them to make immediate process changes to increase the shelf life of the beer.Grimmer worked with brewmasters around the world, implementing this method, which has allowed SABMiller, SAB’s international operation, to improve the quality and shelf life of its beer processes. But she left SAB in 2010, feeling she wasn’t being stretched enough. With an MBA under her belt, she felt confident to start looking at a scientific approach to business, giving her the springboard to starting her own business. “I felt more confident to go out on my own,” Grimmer explains.Technical consulting with new ideas and products for entrepreneurs was the first step, before she expanded into entrepreneurial start-ups. “I helped people to develop concepts and ideas, then start their businesses.”Drawing on her years of experience at SAB and her previous position as a flavourist and technical sales support at Givaudan, she specialised in the food, beverages and cosmetics industries. Today, Grimmer works with Unisa to help develop technology based businesses. Universities around the country are looking to collaborate with business, in a win-win for both parties, she explains.“I want to create the platform. I believe in being proudly African,” says Grimmer with a smile. Talking about Setsena, whose family is “very proud” of her, she says she is very happy with the award. But the work has not finished for these two enterprising women. Now they have to link the product with potential customers.“I look for the passion – the people who persevere, the entrepreneur who’s got the dream. Nothing stands in their way,” says Grimmer.last_img read more

Emergency Energy Conservation Saves a School

first_imgAs an avid environmentalist with a casual awareness of the importance of energy conservation when I entered college in the 1970s, a chance situation clarified for me just how much energy could be saved through strong, concerted effort. Sometime in 1974 or ’75 (those years tend to run together for me for some reason), the transformer serving Ithaca College blew up.The initial blackout was remedied after a day or two when the utility company hooked up an emergency transformer that could be used until the replacement was built–which was expected to take three months. (Large transformers are typically built to order; utility companies don’t have back-ups sitting on a shelf.) But this emergency transformer was one-third the size of the original–necessitating drastic conservation efforts on campus. I must have had a reputation for environmental activism, because I was tapped for an emergency response committee to coordinate student energy conservation efforts.The situation was pretty dire. We had to cut electricity demand by two-thirds, and I remember the facilities manager warning us that students on a single floor of one dorm might be able to intentionally blow the undersized temporary transformer if they all turned on their lights at the same time. Such an action, we were told, would create a sudden surge in electricity use that would be too rapid for the facilities manager to respond to, and it could overtax the temporary transformer, causing it to fail.As I think back on this, I’m pretty sure that those warnings were greatly exaggerated; other loads on campus would dwarf those of lighting on one floor of a dorm. But the warnings were effective in mobilizing campus-wide action. Our campus energy conservation committee photocopied fliers about energy savings. We made up placards and posted them next to the light switches in all of the college classrooms, urging students and faculty to use only necessary lighting and to turn off lights when leaving the room. We policed buildings to turn off unnecessary lights.I’m sure that the vast majority of the emergency conservation efforts were focused on large loads, such as chillers, packaged air conditioning systems, and gymnasium lighting, but the response by the entire campus community–students, faculty, and staff–demonstrated to me just how significant coordinated efforts could be in saving energy. It was a great opportunity not only to solve an immediate problem–preventing a blackout that could shut down the school for several months–but also get significant, across-the-board buy-in to the benefits of energy conservation. (This wasn’t long after the first Energy Crisis, when an embargo of Mideast petroleum dramatically drove up the price of oil and put energy on the radar screen for Americans.)And, the efforts were successful. Ithaca College was able to hold off another transformer failure during that several-month period. The experience has stuck with me throughout a career that has always focused on energy conservation as a cornerstone of responsible environmental policy. And, I suppose that that transformer failure in the 1970s, and our efforts to reduce electrical demand by two-thirds, set the stage for this weekly blog–the 100th installment of which you are now reading.I invite you to share comments on this blog.Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.last_img read more

Bosch and Nvidia create an AI supercomputer for self-driving tech

first_imgBosch is creating the brain for the self-driving cars of the future.At the international Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017 conference in Berlin this week, the supplier of technology and services presented an onboard computer for automated vehicles.Thanks to artificial intelligence, the computer can apply machine learning methods. The AI onboard computer is expected to guide self-driving cars through even complex traffic situations, or ones that are new to the car. “We are teaching the car how to maneuver through road traffic by itself,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management.Cars already use Bosch sensors to monitor their surroundings. Using artificial intelligence, it will also be able to interpret those readings to make predictions about the behavior of other road users. “Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that happen. We are making the car smart,” continued Denner.Nvidia will supply Bosch with a chip that stores algorithms, generated with machine learning methods. The AI onboard computer is expected to go into production by the beginning of the next decade at the latest. Driverless cars to be part of everyday life in the next decade Bosch’s AI onboard computer can recognize pedestrians or cyclists.See also: What if the Super Bowl had AI referees?Besides this ability, known as object recognition, artificial intelligence also makes it easier for automated vehicles to assess a situation. For instance, cars that have their turn signals on are more likely to change lanes than those that do not. As a result, a self-driving car with AI can recognize and assess complex traffic situations, such as when an oncoming vehicle executes a turn, and factor these into its own driving.The computer stores whatever it learns while driving in artificial neural networks. Experts review this knowledge in the lab for accuracy. Following further testing on the road, the artificially generated knowledge structures can be transmitted to any number of other AI onboard computers in an update.NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang detailed how deep learning is fueling an AI revolution in the auto industry: “I’m so proud to announce that the world’s leading tier-one automotive supplier — the only tier one that supports every car maker in the world — is building an AI car computer for the mass market. First adoption of Nvidia’s Xavier technologyThe collaboration with Bosch represents the first announced DRIVE PX platform incorporating NVIDIA’s forthcoming Xavier technology. Xavier can process up to 30 trillion deep learning operations a second while drawing just 30 watts of power. That power is needed to achieve what the automotive industry refers to as “Level 4 autonomy,” where a car can drive on its own, without human intervention. The number of cars with various levels of autonomy will grow to a total of 150 million vehicles by 2025, analysts project.Huang said his company will deliver technology enabling Level 3 autonomous capabilities (in which a car can drive on its own but still needs a driver to intervene under various conditions) by the end of this year, and Level 4 capabilities by the end of 2018.While cars on the road now are capable of detecting vehicles in front of them and braking when needed, the requirements for autonomous driving are more demanding. Instead, deep learning can enable us to train a car to drive, and ultimately perform far better — and more safely — than any human could do behind the wheel.“We’ve really supercharged our roadmap to autonomous vehicles,” Huang said. “We’ve dedicated ourselves to build an end-to-end deep learning solution. Nearly everyone using deep learning is using our platform. Of course, our goal someday is that every single car will be autonomous.” “But for the path to then, we’ll have AI that will be your co-pilot, will be your guardian, and look out for you.”Powered by deep learning, AI co-pilot can recognize faces to automatically set specific preferences in the car depending on the driver. The system can also see where the driver is looking, and detect expressions to understand the driver’s state of mind. Combining this information with what is happening around the car enables the AI co-pilot to warn the driver of unseen potential hazards.In addition, the system has the ability to read lips. So even if the radio is cranked up, the car can understand a driver’s instructions.Bosch sees AI in its future“We want automated driving to be possible in every situation. As early as the next decade, driverless cars will be also a part of everyday life. Bosch is advancing automated driving on all technological fronts. We aim to assume a leading role in the field of artificial intelligence, too,” said Denner.He went on to say that artificial intelligence would play a key role in all areas of business at Bosch, not just mobility: “Just ten years from now, it will be virtually impossible to conceive of a Bosch product that does not involve artificial intelligence in some way. The products will either have it or be created with its help.” At the beginning of this year, the company announced it was establishing a Center for Artificial Intelligence. Bosch is investing some 300 million euros in expanding its expertise in this area. Break the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Cate Lawrence Related Posts IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#AI#Bosch#connected cars#IoT#Level 4#Nvidia#self-driving cars#Xavier For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

Jarencio, Globalport welcome long break before crucial battles ahead

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 4 West Brom players accused of stealing taxi in Spain Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “At least, we have a five-day break before we go against Kia. And after Kia, it will be a 10-day rest before we face Phoenix. That’s going to be big for us,” he said.GlobalPort faces the Picanto on Wednesday before taking on the Fuel Masters on March 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJarencio highlighted the importance of this respite as he looks at this stretch as a make-or-break for the Batang Pier.“It’s big because you’re not tired. Just like what happened to TNT, they played three games in a week. When they faced us, they struggled because we were well-rested and they were fatigued. They had a hard time to recover,” he said. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio would rather stick to the positives as his side remains in the running for a quarterfinal spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.After losing to Magnolia, 96-81, on Friday, the outspoken mentor put the spotlight on the scheduling advantage the Batang Pier has into their final two elimination games as they will be well-rested for their remaining assignments this conference.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ That’s exactly what worked against GlobalPort in the tussle after playing its second game in three days, with Jarencio struggling to find a spark in his lineup.“There’s no spark left and we can’t do anything. We were up by 12 points, but when the second half came, that’s when everything went downhill for us. Stanley (Pringle) could no longer shoot,” he said, as his leading scorer was limited to just five points in an awful 1-of-12 shooting from the field.Still, Jarencio lauded how his wards fought, a character which he believes will be a good building block going into the Batang Pier’s last two games.“At least you saw the team compete,” he said. “We have a good chance to make it to the playoffs if we can recover. We’re just ready. At least, the team will be well-rested.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Indians paddlers gear up for individual events

first_imgWith the gold medal eluding them in the team event, Indian paddlers, led by defending champion Achanta Sharath Kamal, will be eyeing to better their performance in the individual competitions of the Commonwealth Games which begins on Monday.The Indian men’s team had to be content with a bronze, while their women counterparts, who went down to Singapore in the final, could lay hands on the silver medal in the team events of table tennis.Indian paddlers will be led by Achanta Sharath Kamal.By his own standards Sharath himself would be a disappointed man as the world ranked 40th paddler failed to earn the golden glory for the country in the team event, and this time he would be desperate to fetch defends his singles title at the table tennis venue inside the Yamuna Sports Complex.Although Sharath has already exuded confidence about retaining the crown, his biggest hurdle would be world number 17, Gao Ning of Singapore, who has beaten the Indian a number of times and did not participate in the Melbourne Games four years ago.”We expect some good performance from Sharath. A lot of things depends on him. I hope we will see some upsets in the men’s section by other players also,” India coach Bhawani Mukherjee told PTI.All the five Indian men have got direct entry to the main draw of the Delhi Games.A Amalraj and Bengal paddler Soumyadeep Roy are in good touch, while former national champion Subhajit Saha has also recovered from an injury to secure a berth in the Games squad and their contribution is going to play a crucial role if the hosts were to improve upon their three medals in Melbourne Games.advertisement”Now the singles and doubles events are coming. That will be totally a different game and we are eyeing to produce some good performance there,” Amalraj said.Women’s silver medal-winning performance in the team has fuelled people’s expectation but with a number of Singaporean paddlers in the main draw, it seems unlikely that Indian eves will go far in the individual category.Kumaresan Shamini and reigning national champion Poulomi Ghatak have performed well in the team event but they now have to think differently for the singles as well as doubles events.”There are five Singapore players and if we have to play them in the first round, it would be difficult for us. A lot depends on the draw,” Mukherjee said.Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar have directly entered the main draw while the rest — Poulomi, Shamini and Mamta Prabhu — had to get their tickets through qualifying rounds.In the mixed doubles, Poulomi will share the table with fiance Soumyadeep Roy, and the duo will leave no stone unturned in their quest to make the Delhi Games memorable by laying their hands on the yellow metal together.”I am playing mixed doubles with my would be husband and if we can win medal here in front of the home crowd it would be a memorable achievement,” Poulomi said.”He (Soumyadeep) is my mentor. He tells me what to do and what is the right way to practice. I also listen to him,” she added.last_img read more

Boxing’s new leader steps into fight to keep Olympic status

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Rakhimov’s status on a U.S. Treasury Department sanctions list — with alleged links to international heroin trafficking which he denies — is part of an International Olympic Committee inquiry examining boxing’s place on the Tokyo Games program, and the AIBA’s right to run the sport.“Mr. Rakhimov did a great job since he was interim president (in January 2018) and we thank him for that,” Moustahsane told The Associated Press on Friday. “But AIBA is now going forward.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Moroccan doctor said he had not yet met Nenad Lalovic, the IOC executive board member chairing a three-member inquiry, nor the Olympic body’s president Thomas Bach.“We are confident they are working for the best interests of the sport,” Moustahsane said in an interview. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Asked if Rakhimov staying out of office could be a condition of keeping boxing in the Olympics, Moustahsane said: “The IOC have never said that there’s a red line. Mr. Rakhimov stepped aside so we don’t have to discuss this issue now.”The IOC is also concerned about the integrity of some bout results at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the AIBA’s finances.Moustahsane chaired a panel allocating referees and judges to bouts in Rio, though then-AIBA executive director Karim Bouzidi was publicly demoted during those Olympics and took the blame.“We turned the page and saw that there was something to do improve our sport,” Moustahsane said, insisting he saw no wrongdoing in Rio and preferred to look forward rather than “stay on the past.”An offer to clear the AIBA’s reported $16 million debt by its executive committee member Umar Kremlev of Russia was announced last month.“We asked Mr. Kremlev to put this proposal to the (executive committee),” Moustahsane said, adding the AIBA had not asked about the source of the money.The American federal sanctions on Rakhimov have left banks in Switzerland reluctant to do business with the Lausanne-based boxing body.“We are working according to Swiss law and nothing is out of order,” said Moustahsane, who described an AIBA account held in Serbia as “not something important.”Despite the IOC inquiry, the AIBA is still working with around 200 member nations and planning for world championships in Russia. The men’s tournament in September and women’s in October are meant to decide the first Olympic qualifying places.A legal fight would be possible if the IOC decisions go against the AIBA. For the love of the game Asked if his organization could appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Moustahsane said: “This is not one of our values.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Kazakhstan’s Vassiliy Levit, right, fights Russia’s Evgeny Tishchenko during a men’s heavyweight 91-kg final boxing match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The International Boxing Association has as few as six weeks left to save the sport’s place at the 2020 Olympics. Now its new interim president has arrived in the IOC’s home city Lausanne for the final rounds of lobbying. Mohamed Moustahsane is a long-time ringside doctor from Morocco, who praised his predecessor whose alleged links to organized crime helped provoke the crisis in Olympic boxing. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, FIle)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With as few as six weeks left to save boxing’s place at the 2020 Olympics, the governing body’s new interim president is now in the IOC’s home city for the final rounds of lobbying.A long-time ringside doctor, Mohamed Moustahsane stepped into the arena last month as the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) temporary leader after elected president Gafur Rakhimov stepped aside.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View comments MOST READ Two deadlines weigh heavily in the AIBA’s near future.A May 22 meeting of the IOC board to assess the inquiry panel’s report could see boxing removed from the Tokyo program, or choose to go ahead outside the AIBA’s control. Bach’s board already decided in November to freeze planning for men’s and women’s boxing tournament in Tokyo and block AIBA officials contacting organizers in Japan.The AIAB could also be formally derecognized by the full IOC membership at their June 24-26 annual meeting in Lausanne.Rakhimov helped negotiate a settlement with the AIBA’s main creditor, in Azerbaijan, before he was formally elected president in November by member federations. That vote triggered an inquiry panel being created by the IOC, which privately warned the AIBA against electing him.Moustahsane stepping into the presidential seat for up to nine months is seen by some skeptics as a tactic to placate the IOC before a Rakhimov return.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more