Maduro’s “erratic behavior is just a pantomime to divert attention from the chaos Venezuela is in,” said Samuel Akerman, 28, an engineer. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski described the move on Twitter as a “smoke screen” to distract Venezuelans from Maduro’s failure to right an economy plagued by poor production and a corrupt state-run petroleum industry. The move was announced on state television by Maduro, who echoed the language of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez. “Get out of Venezuela,” and “Yankees go home,” he shouted. The two countries have not had ambassadorial-level links since 2010, making Kelly Keiderling, the acting charge d’affaires and one of the three Americans expelled, the senior most U.S. diplomat in the country. “We completely reject the Venezuelan government’s allegations of U.S. government involvement in any type of conspiracy to destabilize the Venezuelan government,” read a U.S. statement. The last expulsion of U.S. diplomats took place in March, on the day that Maduro later announced Chavez’s death.
USA Boxing criticizes Tyson signing of Olympic prospect
Pizac, AP Last Slide Next Slide Mignano and IMP publicist Bob Trieger also said that nobody complained when New York-based promoter Lou DiBella signed highly regarded 17-year-old amateur prospect Junior “Sugar Boy” Younan last month. Younan is expected to make his professional debut later this month or in early November. USA Boxing said it will pursue legislation to stop “professional promoters from attempting to sign athletes in the Olympic pipeline.” “You are offering these athletes pennies on the dollar of what they could be worth with an Olympic medal, or even potentially just being an Olympian,” Butler wrote in his letter to Tyson. “You are also undermining the next United States Olympic Boxing Team in the process.” The USA boxing program has suffered in recent years. There were no male Olympic medalists in London last year, and only one, bronze medalist Deontay Wilder, in Beijing in 2008. The last U.S. Olympic gold medalist was Andre Ward in 2004 in Athens. Ward is now the undefeated super middleweight world champion. Scott Blackmun, the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, noted the rich tradition the U.S. has had in the sport, but said athletes have the right to decide their future. “I think the reorganization that USA Boxing recently completed is going to be very, very beneficial because it brings independent thinkers to their board,” Blackmun said. “At the end of the day, I don’t think you can take away the choices that our athletes have. They have to weigh the importance of an Olympic medal, the impact an Olympic medal would have on their lifetime Olympic goals and weigh that against the short-term opportunity of turning professional.” USA Boxing said it had offered Lubin a spot in its residency program at the U.S.
12 league, Conference USA. View gallery . In the eight years between the Big East’s first and second raid of Conference USA, there’s no question who the league’s premier team has been. Memphis took out its frustration over being left behind on its lower-profile C-USA peers, capturing six league titles and amassing an absurd 113-13 conference record. The era of Memphis dominance is over now that the Tigers have also left the league, which raises an obvious question entering the new season: Can any of the remaining teams take advantage of the power vacuum and emerge as C-USA’s new flagship team? It will take a few years to answer that question in the long-term, but the short-term answer appears to be no. Even though UTEP and Southern Miss are poised to build on their recent success, newcomer Louisiana Tech is on the rise and former powers Charlotte and UAB are taking strides toward recapturing their glory days, the 2013-14 edition of C-USA figures to feature a jumble of decent teams but none among the nation’s elite. The best bet to emerge from the morass and take control of the league may be UTEP, which returns five of its top seven scorers and its four leading rebounders from last season’s 18-14 team. The Miners’ upside would be higher had McDonald’s All-American Isaac Hamilton not backed out of his letter of intent over the summer and transferred to UCLA, but the returning talent is accomplished enough that it would be a surprise if UTEP isn’t in league title contention. Small forward Julian Washburn is formidable perimeter defender who blossomed into a scoring threat late last season, though his outside shooting remains a major weakness. Veterans John Bohannon and Cedrick Lang, 7-foot-1 Matt Willms and top freshman Vince Hunter combine to form a strong frontcourt, but the Miners have questions at point guard, where a replacement for last year’s starter, Jacques Streeter, must emerge.
LeoVince USA Purchased by Longtime Executive Vice President Tim Calhoun
Calhoun takes the helm as CEO and President of LeoVince USA. RICHMOND, CA October 2, 2013 ( Motor Sports Newswire ) LeoVince USA is now under the ownership of Geared Up Powersports, a California Limited Liability company owned by longtime LeoVince USA Executive Vice President Tim Calhoun. The company will continue to operate under the LeoVince USA name, with Calhoun stepping into the role of CEO and President. Sito Gruppo Industriale, the parent company of the LeoVince family of brands, is standardizing its global expansion operations. The Italy-based Sito has continued to expand its worldwide presence through strategic partnerships with nationally-based distributors. Now, Sito is partnering with Geared Up Powersports in an exclusive distribution agreement. Since 2004, Fusetta LLC (formerly operated as Sito USA LLC) was the US marketing and sales organization that sold and managed the LeoVince brand for the US and Canadian markets. On June 28th, 2013, Geared Up Powersports purchased the assets of Fusetta LLC under the direction of Calhoun. Geared Up Powersports will continue to do business as LeoVince USA with no interruptions in its current business operations. For Calhoun, who has run LeoVince USA since its inception over nine years ago, this is the next step toward expanding the operations of LeoVince USA and continuing to expand sales of the LeoVince family of brands throughout the North American market. Its important to Sito to standardize global operations, and it was an exceptional opportunity for myself and the company. Our goal is to continue growing LeoVince USA, which has established itself as a premium source of exceptional motorcycle exhausts and carbon fiber protective pieces in the North American market, Calhoun says. This change will have a positive impact for the riders and dealers who have come to expect the quality and care our staff and brand offer. We now have the ability to react swiftly to changing markets, address emerging opportunities and expand our US operation to include additional premium brands. LeoVince USA expanded its distribution in 2012, adding a second warehouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, to offer expedited deliveries of products to the eastern United States and improved delivery times throughout Canada. Now, the company has warehouses on both coasts and is poised for increased growth of their distributed brand partnerships.