Doping issues remain cloudy

first_img Positive news The e-mail firm the CEO of UK Anti-doping is quoted as saying: “We will do everything we can to ensure the focus is on positive news. The last thing we want is a story like this detracting from the one year to Rio countdown.” This caused a leading blood expert, Michael Ashenden, to wonder if the United Kingdom Anti-Doping Authority had morphed into a cheerleader for sport, anxious to quickly remove uncomfortable revelations of doping from the headlines. The news that “Money” Mayweather received an intravenous infusion BEFORE the Manny Paquiao fight and was granted a therapeutic exemption by the United States Anti-Doping Authority (USADA) AFTER the fight further cast suspicion on the integrity of anti-doping authorities. In Jamaica, the revelation of unusual activity at JADCO was casually explained by “lack of funds”, yet we are now aware that when a party is planned for successful athletes, sums in excess of $40 million appear as if by magic. The latest tool in the fight against the use of drugs in sports is the mandatory requirement of athletes to have a biological passport. This requires blood collected from athletes at regular intervals, unannounced, the data stored and compared with samples taken as competition nears. The comparison of the athlete’s normal blood profile with any unusual deviation before, during, or after competition will reveal evidence of doping, without the substance needing to be identified. The key here is to compare the unusual profile with the athletes’ previously normal blood profile. Thus, the recognition of unusual profiles from athletes who won medals in past international Games, MUST be compared with other samples taken from the same athlete, which, over time, has established a normal profile for the athlete. The mandatory collection of samples to produce an athlete’s passport began in 2009. Therefore, it is indeed wrong to name and shame athletes with unusual blood profiles after analysis of samples taken BEFORE 2009. When did collection start? The 40 million-dollar question is: When did JADCO start collecting samples from athletes in its testing pool? The question must also include a query about a suggestion from the head of the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) that some samples MUST be taken between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The fact that an island in the Caribbean with a population approaching three million inhabitants, with very limited financial resources (Jamaica) consistently produces natives whose athletic performance surpasses those who train just as hard, with far more resources and modern facilities, raises suspicion that increases as our young athletes continue world-leading performances that started as far back as 1948. The only way to PROVE that our athletes are gifted and clean is by a comprehensive and open drug-testing programme that can withstand any criticism from jealous and non-jealous individuals. Let us not accept the usual “no funds” excuse for a lack of a state-of-the-art drug-testing programme. Let the beginning of collection of blood samples from athletes in JADCO’s testing pool be open and transparent. As the 2015 athletic season winds down, the final race of the Diamond series and the World Athletics Championships did very little, in my estimation, to remove doubts about the veracity of some of the results posted. The general reaction of the majority of the sports’ true fans around the world (unrestrained and unmitigated joy) to the victory of Usain Bolt in the 100 metres race, and to a lesser extent the 200 metres, reflected a feeling of relief as athletes who had tested positive in the past seemingly competed week after week, smug in the conviction that ‘having been found guilty and served my time I MUST be treated similarly to those who are not caught’. This negative feeling was intensified by an exposÈ in The Times newspaper that revealed ‘suspicious’ test results when blood data from winners in past years were analysed by independent anti-doping experts. The article also revealed that there were administrators who were aware of these ‘suspicious’ results for years but chose (by some weird logic) to refuse to carry out (and delay) an investigation into the findings. There is now documented evidence that the last thing anti-doping authorities want is for local champions to be caught doping as this will ‘tarnish the image of athletics’. The Guardian newspaper in England reported on an e-mail sent from the head of UK Anti-Doping to the head of the British Olympic Association after the Olympic Association began exposing the problem of blood doping in sports.last_img read more

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Bassa Youth Congratulate Ambassador Weah

first_imgThe Gianda Youth Development Association (GIYODA) in Kpogbahn Statutory District No.4, Grand Bassa County has congratulated Ambassador George Manneh Weah for clinching  what they called ‘a volcanic victory’ over his contenders as senator-elect for Montserrado County with over 99,000 votes during the just ended Special Senatorial Elections in Monrovia.The president of GIYODA, William ‘Olu’ Diggs made the statement over the weekend, on behalf of his association in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in the district.According to Mr. Diggs, his association applauds Amb. Weah’s victory because of his leadership ability, knowing that the soccer icon will help to adequately steer the affairs of the country toward a better future.He prayed that God will bless Mr. Weah to succeed and achieve his vision, dream and aspiration for the presidency in the 2017 general and presidential elections.Mr. Weah deserves to be congratulated because according to Diggs, he is a sound leader who can ably represent and deliver the political goods that will transform the living standard of the people of Montserrado County.He pointed out that his association pledges its fullest support to vote Mr. Weah to victory because of his national and international experience.Diggs is requesting Mr. Weah to visit their district at his convenience because the people of the district are eager to hold discussions with him about burning issues mainly to pre-petition Amb. Weah for the presidency come 2017 general and presidential elections.‘’We are aware that you contested for the presidency twice and did not succeed, but with our strong prayer and massive support you will surely become a victor in 2017’’, the GIYODA president assured Mr. Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wakapoa Village gets $19M Bridge

first_imgThe community of Wakapoa in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) now boasts a newly-constructed wooden bridge equipped with steel rails and solar lights through a project undertaken by the Public Infrastructure Ministry.The project was recently undertaken by the Public Infrastructure Ministry at a cost of $19 million.The Wakapoa residents, especially women who fetch farm produce and children attending school, are very relieved since the bridge serves as the main access on their daily route.The newly-constructed bridgeFor many years, villagers traversed between the two islands of Mairi to Boroda, walking on logs. Later a small wooden bridge only two feet wide was built, but it became dilapidated and caused several injuries.The Department of Public Information (DPI) recently visited the community and spoke with some of the residents.Orlinda Richards told the DPI of her unfortunate incident. “Crossing with my load from Myrie to Boroda my foot went through the old bridge, it was so painful… when my foot passed through the bridge I couldn’t pull it back out because it was stuck… when it (eventually) came out it was bleeding heavily …it was rough for the next three months and I had five children to send to school – two secondary and three primary….for 28 years I’ve been in this community I never seen development but thank God today that I can see this bridge.”Wakapoa’s Toshao, Howard Cornelius.Following her unfortunate accident, the Wakapoa residents collaborated and made the decision to use social media as a platform to highlight their problem.Resident Joyce Fredricks who was one of those persons said, “We came together and we also prayed about it. Eventually, we got word that persons were coming to inspect the walkway…. and that led to us getting our new bridge and I’m so thankful.”Farmer and member of the village, Oscar Phillips is also pleased with the newly-constructed bridge “It will really be a benefit for us because I know the bridge is a really nice gateway from this community of Boroda end to Myrie, and from my part actually about two miles from here and it will really facilitate me to go and do my farm work.”According to Toshao of Wakapoa, Howard Cornelius it was announced at the 2018 Toshao’s Conference that the construction of the new bridge would be undertaken by the Infrastructure Ministry. Cornelius also noted that several residents from the community gained employment through this project. “We thank the Government for being proactive and funding this bridge”The bridge will benefit almost 350 residents.last_img read more

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Armed men storm bar, rob owners and customers of cash & valuables

first_img– “getaway car” used in crime recoveredA gunman and a knife-wielding bandit stormed a popular drinking spot in Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), on Friday evening and assaulted the owners and patrons before relieving them of cash and jewellery.The popular drinking spot at Parika, East Bank EssequiboThe armed men along with their two accomplices made good their escape in a white motorcar that was parked a short distance away.The 58-year-old bar owner was left traumatised after two of the men assaulted her son along with an employee during the ordeal that lasted less than five minutes.She requested anonymity for fear of her life and potential robbery attempts since she also operates another business in Georgetown.Reports are that around 23:05h on the night in question, the bar was packed with customers when two men stormed the premises – one of whom had a rag tied around his head to conceal half of his face.They then proceeded to make demands and ordered persons to hand over their cash and jewellery.“One walked straight pass me with the gun by his side, jumped over the counter, and hit my employee on his chest and shoved him in a chair telling him not to talk while pointing a gun at the boy. My son, he runs the business, and my son came out and the bandit hit him on his head with the gun and he fell down. When he fell, they kicked him about two times so I didn’t really focus on all of them because I was focused on my son but it was four of them [bandits],” the owner stated.The woman explained that her establishment houses a bar and a gambling section. However, she was unable to state the amount of cash that the bandits had left with.“When me look back, I see one of them with a knife, and a bandit shove me down back on the sofa I was sitting on. They come in and my son had a little canister with the shop money and the casino canister was a big one but to tell you how much money I won’t know. Since holiday the casino person did not come to collect the total casino money as yet so when she comes and checks the machines she would know is how much.”According to the woman, the bandits then attacked the customers and robbed them of their cellular phones.However, one customer was in the gambling section when the knife-toting bandit attacked him and relieved him of a gold band and gold chain.The proprietress related that after the robbery, the men rushed into a white motorcar that had been parked between her premises and a fast food outlet.The car along with the robbers was captured on CCTV cameras which were handed over to the police.Her business has been in operation for the past 35 years and this is the first time it was robbed.“Last night was a scary time for we. We never see nothing like this. We never go through anything like that.”Meanwhile, the male customer who was robbed of his gold chain and gold band told Guyana Times that he was injured after he put up a fight with his attacker.He added that the bandit was also attempting to grab the keys to his vehicle but was told by his accomplice to “leave the man car keys” before they left. Guyana Times understands that the police have since intercepted the getaway car as they continue their investigations. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

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Liberal government spends more money in the northeast

first_imgPeace River North MLA Pat Pimm has confirmed a series of provincial government Northeast BC expenditures totalling more than four and a half million dollars.They include more than two million for a contract for DGS Astro of Fort St. John, for upgrading, strengthening and paving nearly five kilometers of the local area Toews and Daneluk side roads.Another 1.9 million will go to improved heating efficiency at six schools in the Peace River North and Peace River South school districts.- Advertisement -Finally, the government will also put just over 500 thousand dollars toward public safety initiatives and municipal services, into the Peace River North Constituency.In this case, Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, and the Northern Rockies Regional District are all listed among the beneficiaries.last_img read more

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Guardiola yet to conclude talks over new City deal

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has added the English Premier League title to his glittering CV © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 9 – Pep Guardiola has yet to conclude contract negotiations over a new deal with Premier League champions Manchester City but said on Tuesday there is no urgency to do so.The Catalan has led City to the title in his second season in charge at the Etihad and is now two-thirds of the way through the initial three-year contact he signed when he moved to Manchester in the summer of 2016. It means Guardiola, 47, has now won the league title in all three of the major European countries in which he has managed, following success in Spain with Barcelona and in Germany with Bayern Munich.But he has also established a habit of short spells with those clubs, having spent four seasons managing his hometown club Barca and three in the Bundesliga.Guardiola, talking ahead of City’s final home game of the season against Brighton, remained relaxed about the situation, not least because club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, plus chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain are all personal friends.But he was also in no rush to look beyond next season in terms of pledging where his future lies and declined the opportunity to answer directly when asked if he would definitely sign a new deal.“I have one more year and next year I will be here,” said Guardiola. “Now it’s time to finish well and then start to talk about what we have to do next season, who is staying and who we have to buy.“I’m not finishing in two weeks or one month — I have one more year. In football one more year is a lot and we’re going to talk to the club.“They are friends of mine — Ferran, Txiki, Khaldoon — and we have time to talk fluently about what is best for the club and us.”Guardiola has made his home in Manchester City centre and has become a prominent figure in the area in his near two years in residence.And, as the anniversary approaches later this month of the Manchester bombing, in which 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber, Guardiola also reflected on a turbulent year in the city’s history and his bond with its people.“Always you think of the victims, the thoughts are always for them so in the winter we went to the hospitals and saw some of them and the families, and you can imagine how tough a moment it was especially for the families,” said Guardiola.“I was really impressed with the city… and your thoughts on the anniversary are with the people who died and the families who suffered in the moment.“Of course when it happens, everyone wants to help and wants to be there and wants to be part of the situation, the families when they suffer this terrible painful situation.“And I saw because I live in the city how they reacted in the next days and weeks and it was top, hopefully the people will not forget the families.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Tribe holding gathering of elders

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.For more information, call 951-898-1385. From staff reports Members of the Iron Circle Nation tribe will convene at Angel’s Gate Park in San Pedro this weekend for their 12th annual Many Winters gathering of elders. The three-day event, with the theme of “healing through traditional teachings,” will include educational programs as well as arts and crafts and culture. The celebration began Friday and will last until Sunday, running 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. last_img read more

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Highly-rated Chelsea starlet to join Italian side after rejecting Watford move

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Chelsea starlet Harvey St Clair is set to leave the Blues to sign for Venezia of Italy, according to reports.St Clair, the Scotland Under-21 winger, has been with Chelsea since the Under-8 age level, and he made his Under-18 debut aged just 15. He signed a scholarship deal in July 2015, and in 2016/17 he was a member of Chelsea’s Under-18s as they won the FA Youth Cup and the Under-18 Premier League.Last season, St Clair made 30 appearances in all at youth level, scoring seven goals and creating a further four. Venezia are said to have beaten off interest from Watford and Zenit St Petersburg to secure the signing of St Clair. St Clair has been capped at youth level by Scotland, but he remains eligible for England Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics St Clair helped Chelsea’s Under-18s to the domestic double in 2016/17 How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars But now, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, 19-year-old St Clair will leave Stamford Bridge to join Serie B side Venezia, managed by Italy legend Filippo Inzaghi.The teenager will reportedly undergo his medical today, and will pen a four-year contract with the Venice club. Latest Chelsea news possible standings silverware possible xi How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures gameday cracker tense shining smart causal 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT crackers 2 REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

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Borussia Dortmund to rival Tottenham for World Cup starlet

first_img Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City gameday cracker 1 But Lopez’s form is now drawing admiring glances from across Europe and, according to El Pais, Spurs are keen on snapping him up.But the Spanish newspaper also says Borussia Dortmund are ‘lurking’ with intent and could be about to lodge an offer of their own when the January transfer window opens. However, with Harry Kane the first-choice option at Spurs, Dortmund may be able to win the race by promising regular first team football for Gomez. deals Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED whoops Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REAL DEAL Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won no dice huge blow Tottenham Hotspur are set for a battle with Borussia Dortmund as they attempt to sign Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez.After an excellent campaign last year, the 22-year-old is again on form and has impressed with six goals in 10 LaLiga outings, forging a lethal partnership with former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas. shining Latest Premier League Stories Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Getty Celta Vigo star Maxi Gomez in action for Uruguay at World Cup 2018. last_img read more

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ELDERLY FARMER KILLED AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY COW

first_imgA man in his 80s was killed when he was trampled by a cow earlier today.A full investigation into the incident has been launched.The man was attending his cows in the townland of Carrickbrack, Convoy when one of the animals charged at him around 9am.Locals called the emergency services and two ambulances attended the scene. However, a third ambulance had to be called when one of the paramedics attending the scene also suffered a serious leg injury as he crossed the field.He had to be treated at the scene.The man was trampled by the cow was rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital but was pronounced dead a couple of hours later.His name has not been released until all relatives have been informed. A full investigation into the incident has been launched.   ELDERLY FARMER KILLED AFTER BEING ATTACKED BY COW was last modified: May 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:convoycowdonegalfarmerGardaikilledlast_img read more

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