8 Medals for Wrestlers from Bosnia

first_imgThe young wrestlers of Sarajevo Bosnia last weekend have achieved outstanding results at the competitions in Sombor and Belgrade.120 wrestlers from 20 clubs of 5 countries (Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, B&H and Serbia) participated at the international tournament “Soko Sombor”, which was held on 30.11.2013. Husein Gegić won the golden medal in the category up to 36 kg. Hasib Šehović won the bronze medal in the junior category up to 74 kg.Wrestlers Sarajevo Bosnia won 6 medals at the tournament “Pobednik” that was held in Belgrade. Husein Gegić won the golden medal (up to 36 kg category) and Hasib Šehović won the golden medal ( up to 74 kg category). Sergej Simeunović won the silver medal (up to 36 kg category) and the bronze medals went to Hamza Malagić (for category up to 42 kg), Irfan Katica (for category up to 55 kg) and Kemal Džananović ( for category up to 60 kg).Wrestlers Bosnia will have two more major international competitions until the end of the year, and those will mark the most successful season for them until now. They have shown that they are the most successful and most organized wrestling team in B&H.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more


Congress blasts toy giant Mattel

first_imgCongress members blasted toy giant Mattel Inc. on Wednesday for failing to detect the recent flood of lead paint contamination in Chinese-made Barbie dolls, Thomas and Friends train sets and millions of other toys. Democrats and Republicans alike accused the El Segundo-based Mattel of negligence as the House Energy and Commerce consumer protection subcommittee convened a two-day hearing on tainted toys. Several also charged the company with obstructing a congressional investigation into how the toys made their way into the hands of U.S. children. “Mattel chose to gamble with our children’s health, apparently for a few extra dollars,” said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. The company, she said, “has forfeited the right to expect any parent to trust them.” Added Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas: “When you can’t trust Thomas the Train and you can’t trust a company like Mattel, it’s just staggering that we have to worry about some of these issues.” Since August, Mattel and other companies have recalled millions of toys made in China because of excessive levels of lead and small magnets that may detach. Lead may be toxic if ingested by children, causing brain damage and learning problems. About 86 percent of all toys sold in the U.S. are manufactured in China. On Wednesday, company CEO Bob Eckert unveiled a raft of new safety measures, including independent inspections of all Chinese-made toys. He said he hopes to win back the confidence of America’s parents in Mattel toys. “My No. 1 goal is to make sure that this holiday season’s toys are the safest ever,” Eckert told the committee. Los Angeles is home to nearly 300 toy manufacturers and wholesalers, doing an estimated $5 billion annually in sales. While the reeling toy industry makes up only a small part of the local economy, Los Angeles County chief economist Jack Kyser said the safety implications are widespread. With China as the Los Angeles customs district’s largest trading partner, he said, lingering concerns about product safety could hurt other industries, like apparel manufacturers that import dyes or furniture and lighting designers that also import parts. “It’s not just toys that have safety concerns. There are a lot of ramifications for everybody who is importing from China,” Kyser said. “A lot of people are watching.” Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo, joined Wednesday’s hearing to note that Mattel alone employs more than 2,000 people in her district and to praise Eckert for the company’s actions since the lead crisis came to light. But she also issued a warning. “Employees lose jobs if employers don’t behave responsibly,” she said. She urged Mattel to bring its manufacturing back to the United States, as did other lawmakers. Mattel didn’t get all the blame Wednesday for the tainted toy crisis. Said Committee Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., “there’s a lot of blame to go around for everybody.” Several lawmakers pointed to the under-funded and under- staffed Consumer Product Safety Commission. Thirty years about 800 people worked to ensure product safety. Today the agency employs about half that number. Acting commission Chair Nancy Ord and Commissioner Thomas H. More urged Congress to give the agency more funding to modernize outdated labs and the tools to regulate products made with lead. Currently, the commission can not regulate lead unless its presence in a product may cause “substantial personal injury.” While the agency has negotiated an agreement with Chinese officials that include strict new safety measures, lawmakers questioned whether it will be enforceable. Ord agreed that the agency has no mechanism to enforce sanctions or other consequences if Chinese officials fail to meet new safety standards and suggested that the market itself will enforce the regulations. [email protected] (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more