Russia trying to reform – IAAF task force

first_imgMOSCOW (AP):Russia is making efforts to reform after its damaging doping scandal, according to the head of the IAAF taskforce set up to determine whether the country’s ban from global track and field should be lifted.”The Russians have recognised that there is an issue, a problem, and they are trying to fix it,” Norwegian anti-doping expert Rune Andersen told The Associated Press yesterday.Russia was suspended by the IAAF – track and field’s world governing body – from international competition, including the Olympics, in November after a report by a World Anti-Doping Agency panel detailed a state-sponsored doping programme.Andersen, who heads the five-person IAAF taskforce, held meetings Monday and yesterday in Moscow with Russian government and sports officials.”There is an open and frank discussion,” he said. “There are no obstructions to what we’re trying to do. Everyone wants to find solutions to the problems that Russian athletics has had today.”Andersen added that “several” more meetings are planned with “our Russian friends” before the taskforce reports back to the International Association of Athletics Federations in March.In order for Russia to be readmitted in time for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the IAAF has said the country must investigate doping cases, remove officials or coaches who were involved in drug use or cover-ups and establish “a strong anti-doping culture”.The Russian athletics federation is due to elect a new president Saturday as part of its own reform programme. The front-runner is long-time general secretary Mikhail Butov, who also sits on the IAAF’s ruling council.”We have talked about the structure, that’s part of the verification criteria; and of course, that will be part of the discussion when we move on to this,” Andersen told the AP.last_img read more

Down to the wire!

first_imgIt has come to this! They will not last, but Jamaica College (JC) surged to the front of the pack yesterday, while the Kingston College (KC) faithful spent much of the day dancing with confidence. But the Calabar lions are roaring again! It was bound to be a close race for the Mortimer Geddes Trophy and that’s what we are getting as we head into the final day of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships inside the National Stadium. When the dust settled on a breakneck day of competition, it’s Jamaica College (JC) out front on 102.5 points ahead of KC, 101 and Calabar nicely poised on 93.50. St Jago are next on 63 points after 17 finals. In the girls title race, Edwin Allen lead the way with 142 points followed by Hydel 102.5, with St Jago, 89.5, Holmwood 68 and Vere 58 at the top of the heap after 20 finals. Nigel Ellis has been setting the standards all year and the St Elizabeth Technical star showed that he is genuinely a few strides better than everyone else, stopping the clock in a blistering 10.18 seconds to win the Class 1 boys 100m final ahead of Raheem Chambers (St Jago), 10.25 and KC’s Jhevaughn Matherson, 10.35. But he wanted to do even more. “The race was excellent, I was going for the record, so I am disappointed that I didn’t get it.  I had a sub-10 time on my mind,” an ambitious Ellis exclaimed. As expected, the Calabar boys took the top two spots in the Class Two 100m, but it didn’t go exactly to script with Michael Stephens winning in 10.48 over his more fancied teammate Dejour Russell, 10.54, with St Jago’s Gary Gordon, 10.77 in third. Patrice Moody (Edwin Allen), 11.49, was too strong for the rest of the field in the Class One girls 100m final as Nelda Huggins (St Jago), 11.67 and Shanice Reid, also from St Jago, finished second and third, respectively. Kimone Shaw (St Jago) destroyed the Class Two girls 100m field and in the process, erased the record of 11.46 to claim gold in 11.40 ahead of Edwin Allen’s Khamoy Farquharson, 11.65 and Shaneil English (St Jago), 11.68.last_img read more

LeBron James’ 33, clutch 3 lift Lakers past Anthony Davis’ Pelicans

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) gestures after making a 3-point basket late in the fourth quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Davis had 22 points and eight rebounds in the first three quarters after getting a warm reception from Lakers fans who eagerly followed Los Angeles’ fruitless pursuit of a trade for the forward earlier this season.But Davis sat out the fourth quarter again under the Pelicans’ strange version of a minutes restriction, and James made two enormous shots in the final 2:18 to safeguard the Lakers’ victory.“It was tough not to be on the floor, especially in crunch-time situations,” Davis said. “But they battled. They hit some tough shots toward the end. It was just tough not being on the floor.”And though Davis heard his cheers during player introductions, he didn’t return the love: “I don’t care about that.”Lakers fans are still hoping for good news this summer after their team spent several weeks attempting to make a deal for Davis, whose trade request last month threw both of these teams into upheaval.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans: Frank Jackson had 15 points in his highest-scoring performance of February. … Jrue Holiday added 19 points. … Miller scored all of his 11 points in the fourth quarter.Lakers: Lance Stephenson limped to the locker room early in the fourth quarter and didn’t return. He sprained the second toe on his left foot, but X-rays were negative. … Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was an even bigger superstar than Davis when he demanded a trade and ended up with the Lakers in his prime, was in attendance. … Other fans near courtside included Adam Sandler, Todd Gurley, Halsey, NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and David Beckham, who high-fived Dean Tran after the Lakers fan hit a half-court shot to win $100,000 before the fourth quarter began.CLOSE GAMEBrandon Ingram scored 23 points for the Lakers, who had a 12-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Pelicans trimmed it to 118-117 on Darius Miller’s 3-pointer with 1:38 to play. After Ingram hit a layup, Reggie Bullock forced a turnover by Holiday before James drilled that one-footed 3-pointer from the corner.“I just trusted my mechanics, trusted my shot and gave it a chance,” James said.Rajon Rondo had 16 assists for the Lakers, who avenged a loss in New Orleans four days earlier with just their third win in nine games overall.JULIUS RULESRandle finished two points off his career high. The big man also appeared to have words with the Lakers’ coaching staff after nearly every one of his baskets, although the smiles on the Lakers assistants’ faces indicated it might have been good-natured. Randle spent his first four NBA seasons with the Lakers before leaving as a free agent last summer. He already had his homecoming game at Staples on Dec. 21, getting 21 points and eight rebounds in a loss. “It’s tough, because we started so strong,” Randle said. “Wish we could have that (final) stretch back.”UP NEXTPelicans: At Phoenix on Friday. While the Pelicans were forced into a future that won’t include the best player in franchise history, practically everyone on the Lakers’ roster outside of James spent the next few weeks reading daily speculation about their possible departure for New Orleans in a trade.Ant Davis’ face after that LeBron three is classic pic.twitter.com/PjEtiAAUCh— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 28, 2019The Pelicans elected to hold onto Davis despite the Lakers’ strenuous efforts, but the saga is likely to continue this summer. Until then, the Lakers will continue their pursuit of a playoff berth without Davis, who doesn’t seem bothered on the court by his unclear future or his curious restrictions — he got only 21 minutes.“I’m actually great mentally,” Davis added. “I go out and play basketball. I don’t let nobody steal my joy, no matter what it is.”The Pelicans elected to sit Davis for the entire game last week during the Lakers’ visit to New Orleans, but the Pelicans won anyway.“We knew playing New Orleans that we owed them a little bit of revenge because of the way they killed us there,” said Kyle Kuzma, who scored 22 points for LA.Randle scored 35 points against his former team, but couldn’t finish a comeback against James and the Lakers’ new core during New Orleans’ fifth loss in seven games.TIP-INS Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying LeBron James is good, but Anthony Davis’ reaction is better 🙃 pic.twitter.com/47Ow8zPkNP— ESPN (@espn) February 28, 2019LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis’ first night in Los Angeles since the trade deadline started with a loud pregame ovation from Lakers fans still hoping he’ll wear their team’s uniform someday soon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe superstar forward ended it on the New Orleans bench while the Pelicans failed to keep up with another superstar who already made his way to Hollywood last summer.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Damian Lillard, Blazers send Celtics to 4th straight loss View comments LeBron James capped his 33-point performance with a one-legged, fallaway 3-pointer with 31 seconds to play, and the Lakers weathered strong performances by Davis and Julius Randle for a 125-119 victory on Wednesday night. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lakers: Host Milwaukee on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Linden attempted murder accused granted bail

first_imgA Lindener who appeared before magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with attempted murder, was granted bail.The defendant, Calwyn “Alex” Croal, 47, also known as “Brother” of Lot 178 Blueberry Hill, Wismar, is accused of attempted murder of his estranged wife Simone Belle-Croal, 41, of 604 Half Mile, Wismar and her cousin Sherwin Hughes of Blueberry Hill. He was granted bail in the sum of $150,000.It is alleged that on Sunday, April 3, with intent to commit murder, he discharged a loaded firearm at Belle-Croal and Hughes, at Canvas City, Wismar. The defendant who was represented by Attorney Gordon Gilhuys is scheduled to re-appear in court at a later date.Calwyn Croal, who eluded Police for almost two months, was arrested at Lethem last month in connection with the incident.Reports had indicated that the defendant, who allegedly staked out the yard of his estranged wife’s home, opened fire on the duo, hitting them multiple times across their bodies as Hughes who was said to be driving at the time approached Belle-Croal’s home.Hughes’s wife Annie who was in the vehicle at the time did not sustain any injuries, while Hughes was shot in his arm and back and Belle-Croal six times to her arm, leg and chest.Both were treated at the Linden Hospital Complex and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where they underwent successful surgeries to have the bullets removed.last_img read more

Essequibo Coast woman recovering from hit-and-run

first_imgAs each day passes, a mother is hoping to be able to eat solid food again, since she was involved in a hit-and-run accident two Fridays ago, on the Essequibo Coast Public Road, which caused her to lose several teeth.The 34-year old woman, Marian Moore, of Lot 90 Henrietta Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast, suffered severe injuries to her mouth and other parts of her body when she collided with a taxi, as she was riding her pedal cycle.Moore, who is a housewife and mother of two, told Guyana Times that she was onThe ailing Marian Mooreher way to purchase school items for her children when a taxi suddenly pulled over and stopped directly in front of her. She said before her brakes could have been applied, the passenger opened the car door and she fell off of her bike.The mother recalled that someone asked if she was hurt and even gave her a bottle of water, meanwhile the driver of the taxi fled the scene without offering any assistance.She was taken to the Anna Regina Health Centre where she received medical attention and was advised to visit the dentist, since a possibility exited for the need of dental surgery.While in much pain, the woman said she visited the Cheddi Jagan Dental Clinic in Georgetown and underwent surgery to remove three of her teeth which were badly damaged due to the accident. She said her condition was so severe that she required stitches to hold damaged gum and other teeth in place.She is presently resting at home and is surviving on liquids due to the injuries to her mouth.The distraught woman said she did not report the matter to the Police and is upset about the fact that she is unable to get justice, since she does not remember the driver nor the licence plate of the car he was driving.She is now left to nurse her injuries and foot the bills which have already cost her over $100,000.last_img read more

Where did it go wrong for PSG in the Champions League?

first_img0Shares0000Edinson Cavani’s failure to fire PSG to victory over Real Madrid cost the Qatari-owned club dear © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Mar 7 – Paris Saint-Germain invested Sh50bn ($496 million) this summer to try to buy European supremacy, only to crash out of the Champions League at the same last-16 stage as last season.AFP Sport looks at where it went wrong for the Qatari-owned club as they were eliminated 5-2 on aggregate by defending champions Real Madrid on Tuesday: Neymar’s broken foot boneThe absence of Neymar, PSG’s main potential matchwinner, weighed heavily on a team that looked short on attacking ideas without the Brazilian magician waving his wand. When PSG needed him most, and in exactly the match he was bought to win, the 222-million-euro man was in Brazil recovering from a foot operation.Cavani shoots blanksEdinson Cavani became PSG’s all-time top scorer this season, but against Real Madrid the Uruguayan was toothless, with just a lucky bounce off his knee earning him a place on the scoresheet at the Parc des Princes. When his personal goal tally is measured against Cristiano Ronaldo, the score over the two legs was 3-1 to the Portuguese World Player of the Year.Lack of experienceIn 2017, PSG blew a 4-0 lead from the first leg against Barcelona as they capitulated spectacularly in the Camp Nou, losing 6-1. This year they conceded two goals in Madrid when they had seemingly been heading for a 1-1 draw that would have given them a springboard for a second-leg victory. The man who will inevitably wield the axe after the latest failure, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, did not mince his words: “We know that Real have a lot of experience. We didn’t do what we needed to do to win.” Real have won 12 European crowns, Barcelona five, while PSG have never reached the final — and it shows.Seeing redThe tie was probably getting away from PSG anyway, but Marco Verratti’s disastrous sending-off sealed their fate. The Italian midfielder’s talent has never been in question, but his temperament is seriously suspect. After already earning a first yellow card earlier in the match, he felt he was fouled and charged at German referee Felix Brych to protest. The red card was produced without hesitation, summing up a PSG performance that was at times ragged and ill-disciplined.That man RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo was showing signs of age earlier in the season. Was the glorious reign finally over? He made nonsense of that question with two strikes in the Bernabeu to earn Real a 3-1 first-leg win. The header to open the scores in Paris was his 117th Champions League goal, extending a remarkable record. Any of Real’s quarter-final opponents who write off the 33-year-old will do so at their peril.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Russia’s late goal against topped off the perfect evening’, says Jonny Williams

first_imgJonny Williams has stirred the pot ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 Group B clash with England by saying Russia’s late equaliser against the Three Lions topped off a perfect evening.The Crystal Palace forward started Wales’ first game in an international tournament for 58 years and won the free kick that Gareth Bale hammered home after ten minutes.Despite Slovakia drawing level, Hal Robson-Kanu, who replaced Williams, found a winner which means Chris Coleman’s side top Group B ahead of Thursday’s showdown with England.And while England’s late capitulation was a source of amusement for the Welsh camp, Williams insists all attention is now on what he called the biggest game of most of the Dragons’ careers.“We were just leaving and saw that Russia got an equaliser in the last minute and it gave us an extra boost,” the 22-year-old said.“Our phones cut out but when we found out that they drew it ended off a perfect evening for us. I think they will come at us after only getting a point in their opening game.“They’ll be a bit deflated after conceding in the last minute. We’re all looking forward to this game now we’ve got the first one out of the way.“We can all now focus on probably the biggest game in most of our careers.”last_img read more

NTS lists 120 acres to sell for $40 mil

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A defense contractor that converted its testing facility in the heart of Santa Clarita for commercial applications is selling surrounding land no longer needed as a buffer zone to ensure safety and confidentiality, the company announced Tuesday. Calabasas-based National Technical Systems Inc. has listed a 120-acre parcel near the city Aquatic Center in the emerging Centre Pointe Business Park. The asking price is $40 million. The land, on Centre Pointe Parkway and Golden Valley Road, is largely undeveloped but newly valuable. The parcel, remote just a few years ago, now is within easy access to the Antelope Valley Freeway with the opening of Golden Valley. Aside from the business park, homes are being built in the area and a high school opened two years ago. The laboratory used to house secret defense testing projects, but recently was modified into a satellite and commercial laboratory, rendering the surrounding buffer property surplus, Jack Lin, chairman of the NTS board, said in a statement. NTS provides business-to-business services in the aerospace, defense, information-technology and high-technology markets, integrated testing, certification, quality registration, systems evaluation and engineering solutions.last_img read more

WHAT’S THE STORY IN RAMELTON?

first_imgThe Ramelton Storytelling Festival kicked off last night when a huge crowd turned out for the opening event in the Town Hall.Master storyteller Joe BrennanStudents from the two local primary schools, Ayr Hill and St. Mary’s opened the international festival with inspiring performances that the audience of nearly 300 enthralled.‘The students have worked so hard and have committed themselves over the last 9 weeks and tonight it shone through in the way they captivated the audience,” said organiser and well-kwown Donegal storyteller Joe Brennan. The Storytelling Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday with events for all ages. Storytellers are visiting from Norway and Iceland and they are joined by singer/song writer Colum Sands.A gala concert takes place in the Town Hall featuring all the artists tonight, Saturday at 8pm. A special ‘Storytelling and songs’ session takes place on this afternoon featuring Colum Sands and local band ‘In Their Thousand’. WHAT’S THE STORY IN RAMELTON? was last modified: November 9th, 2013 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:joe brennanRameltonstorytellerlast_img read more

‘Strike balance between development, environment’

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar urged green activists to strike a balance between development and environment during the inauguration of the 5th Goa Environmental Festival on Friday.Mr. Parrikar told environmentalists to give up travelling in cars if they wanted mining to be stopped in Goa. “I will stop mining from tomorrow provided activists start using bicycles. When you use a car, you too are consuming steel that comes from mines,” said Mr. Parrikar. The Chief Minister said he did his bit to save electricity and ensured lights and the AC in his office were switched off before leaving his chamber.Mr. Parrikar said pollution and not coal import should be curbed as the fossil fuel was essential for power generation. He was alluding to the growing opposition against the import of coal through the port town of Mormugao. He said, “We should stop pollution, but not import of coal. How else would you get electricity?”Earlier, wildlife filmmaker Shekar Dattatri said development had to take place with minimum destruction. ‘Heal wounded planet’ Mr. Dattatri said the government must work with mutual trust and respect to heal the wounded planet. The festival is being organised by NGO Kalakruti in association with State-owned Goa Kala Academy.last_img read more