Legendary athlete Milkha Singh on Sunday joined wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt in condemning the decision made by the Indian Olympic Association as they feel that a sportsperson should have been chosen for the role.The ‘Flying Sikh’ also demanded that the unprecedented appointment in the run-up to the Rio Olympics should be “revised”. But he made it clear that he had nothing personal against Salman.IOA shouldn’t have made a Bollywood person(Salman Khan) ambassador for sports event: Milkha Singh #RioOlympics2016 pic.twitter.com/MCqDuY4ESr ANI (@ANI_news) April 24, 2016Will they make a sports person an ambassador for Bollywood function? Govt must intervene. IOA must reconsider its decision: Milkha Singh ANI (@ANI_news) April 24, 2016If at all there is a need to send an ambassador, I think P. T. Usha, Rajvardhan Singh Rathore, Ajit Pal can be better choices: Milkha Singh ANI (@ANI_news) April 24, 2016Salman, who is playing the role of a wrestler in his upcoming film ‘Sultan’, was named Goodwill Ambassador by the IOA on Saturday in the presence of star boxer MC Mary Kom, hockey captain Sardar Singh, and shooter Apurvi Chandela among others. Yogeshwar, the London Olympics bronze-medallist, said he cannot understand what purpose such an appointment will serve for the athletes.”Everybody has the right to promote movies in India, but Olympics is not a place to promote films,” Yogeshwar tweeted in Hindi. “Can anyone tell me what is the role of goodwill ambassador? Why are you fooling the public?” he added.”The country needs medals, not sponsors.”advertisementHowever, 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra backed the decision as he feels that the Bollywood star will attract the masses towards the Indian athletes at the Rio Games.”If Salman Khan can promote Olympics, it makes strategic sense.””If Salman can actively boost Olympic sports, more power to him. If it is just for a day’s publicity, then it is of no use,” Bindra added.
The Anchorage Assembly is introducing a measure to tax marijuana when sales become legal in the year ahead. The proposal hinges, however, on voter approval in April.Though it’s still several steps away, Assembly members are proposing to eventually tax marijuana retail sales at five percent.Ernie Hall chairs the committee that’s been looking at how to tax cannabis products within the municipality, and said the figure is a preliminary estimate of what the city will need to collect in order to pay for the licensing and enforcement costs that come along with opening new businesses.“This is drafted where if we start at five and we find out we’re not covering the expense of this industry we can adjust it two percent at a time over a number of years,” Hall explained after the committee meeting adjourned Thursday evening. The Assembly would only be able to change the percentage taxed every two years.If the Assembly can vet the measure and gather public testimony on it before the end of January then the proposition will make the deadline for going before voters on the April 5th ballot.As it’s written now, the ordinance also puts limits on the maximum and minimum taxes that can be levied: it can drop no lower than two percent, but climb no higher than 12 without going back before voters. The reason for not trying to capture more revenue at the outset with a higher taxed percentage, according to Hall, is that the Assembly doesn’t want to place too large a financial burden on legal sales.“We don’t want to make the cost of marijuana so high that the black market continues,” Hall said. As part of the developing lisencing model, the State will levy a tax on new businesses before local governments figure out how to pay for their own permitting and enforcement costs. “Before you know, the price so high that the black market can continue to thrive–and we absolutely don’t want to do that.”The Assembly’s Finance Committee will look at the measure later this month, which will determine whether five percent is enough of a tax to cover municipal regulatory costs.The marijuana sales tax has nothing to do with another tax measure voters could see in April: South Anchorage Assembly Member Bill Evans is introducing a flat sales tax, which he hopes will lessen the burden currently placed on property-owners.