MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Sumgong has also won the Rotterdam and Las Vegas Marathons and finished runner-up in the Boston, Chicago and New York races.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The panel ruling on her case said the 32-year-old Sumgong’s hospital story was “inconsistent at best.”“We might go so far as to state that the athlete’s attempt to explain how the substance entered her bodybordered on an attempt to deceive the panel,” the ruling said.Sumgong became the first Kenyan woman to win Olympic gold in the marathon when she triumphed at last year’s Rio de Janeiro Games. She failed an out-of-competition test on Feb. 28 and was banned for four years fromApril 3, the date her provisional suspension was announced.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt makes her ineligible for the 2019 world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Sumgong is the highest-profile athlete on a long list of Kenyans to be banned for doping in recent years.Her case follows that of Rita Jeptoo, who was the top women’s marathon runner in the world when she also tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in 2014. Jeptoo also received a four-year ban. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FILE – This is a Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016 file photo of Kenya’s Jemima Sumgong as she celebrates winning the women’s marathon during the Summer Olympics athletics event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong of Kenya on Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017 was banned four years for using the banned blood-booster EPO. Sumgong’s ban was announced by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya. The agency ruled her ineligible from April 3 this year. The gold medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Games failed an out-of-competition doping test on Feb. 28. (Johannes Eisele/Pool Photo via AP)Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong was banned for four years after a doping tribunal rejected her explanation that blood-boosting hormone EPO was in her system from being treated at a hospital in Kenya days before her failed test.The tribunal found no legitimate record of the hospital visit and treatment for an ectopic pregnancy claimed by Sumgong, it said Tuesday in a decision released by the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Here come the Lions Sumgong waived her right to have her backup “B” sample tested and said she had taken EPO unintentionally after visiting Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi six days before her doping test to be treated for an ectopic pregnancy. She claimed she was suffering from severe abdominal pain and was given a blood transfusion and unidentified medication by an unnamed doctor.The Olympic champion couldn’t provide the name of the doctor who supposedly treated her or reliable documents showing she was admitted to the hospital, the tribunal said. It said documents she provided were denounced as fake by the hospital.The hospital visit was not disclosed by Sumgong at the time of the doping test. She said that was because of the “taboo” surrounding ectopic pregnancies and she wanted to hide it from her husband, who is also her manager.The only record the hospital had of a visit by Sumgong was in April, when she inquired about treatment for ectopic pregnancies.The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya said it believed Sumgong was taking EPO ahead of the defense of her London Marathon title in April.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set
The league’s preseason starts on January 14 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A total of 12 city-based teams will compete in the league with Chooks-to-Go aiming to help the Philippines accumulate points needed to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“We are very excited with this 3×3 league backed by Chooks-to-Go, and this is the chance we’ve been waiting for to build a league specifically for 3×3,” said league commissioner Eric Altamirano. “We will have teams from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissClub teams from the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Manila Stars, Go for Gold-San Juan Knights, Bataan Risers, Bacoor Strikers, Valenzuela Classic, Marikina Shoemasters, and Bulacan Kuyas have signed to be part of the league.The Zark’s Burger-backed Quezon City, a Dondon Hontiveros-owned Cebu team, and teams from Davao Occidental and Pasig also committed to join. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13New Year: Sydney celebrates start of 2020 under toxic cloud00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Olympics requires participating countries to accumulate points under tournaments that basketball governing body Fiba has sanctioned.“Though the point system of Fiba is complicated, it all starts by having a league,” said Altamirano. “Then when we have a league, we can now join the World Tour which comprises of 40 events and that’s where all the points come from.”There will be six legs in the first conference and the games, which are put on a round-robin format, will be played in SM Malls and each leg will also have a champion.The champions of the respective legs will be awarded and the top four will be automatically seeded.After the teams get their points and seeds, it will now play in a knockout tournament with the overall champion winning P1,000,000.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MANILA, Philippines—The country’s bid of sending a three-on-three basketball team to the Olympics got its head start after Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 was launched on Friday at Bar One in Crowne Plaza along Ortigas Avenue.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After another finals loss for Alaska, Alex Compton left feeling ‘sick to the stomach’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Social Protection Minister, Volda Lawrence on Friday challenged the local media fraternity to introduce a media literacy week to bring much needed attention to critical issues which the media can highlight. The Minister was at the time speaking at presentation ceremony of a report, “Women and Children in the Media: The presence of women, their administrative status; and the voices of children”. The report emanates from a study conducted by Karen Davis with support from the United Nations Children Fund for the Ministry.The study sought to examine how women and children are represented in the media and recommended, among other things, the need for “advocacy for an increase in the number of programming for women and by women to ensure that women’s needs and concerns are ventilated from a women’s perspective”. It also recommends that “there should be special programmes promoting child rights and responsibilities, the CRC (Commission on the Rights of the Child) and sensitising all concerned to the protective measures available to children, and about institutions which exist to protect them”Women and Children in the Media: The presence of women, their administrative status; and the voices of childrenIn this context, the Minister issued her challenge “to our local media – online, broadcast print and electronic – to build on the foundation of this UNICEF-funded document and others like it which currently exists. I want to advocate that all media owners and managers push for the introduction of an annual Media Literacy Week observance in Guyana beginning next year. There are critical issues which demand national attention and which the media can highlight during the proposed annual observance,” she said, adding that for women, the discourse can focus on, among other issues: Gender representation in the Guyanese media, women’s body image, and contributions of local women to Guyanese media evolution.She also noted that the media is instrumental in helping children to deal with related issues including cyber bullying, cybercrime, excessive internet use, sexting, sexual exploitation and pornography.UNICEF’s Representative, Marinne Flach described the report as very significant, noting that it highlights many issues for attention, including women’s representation on State Boards and the fact that women and children are often represented in the media in stereotypical ways. “We have a long way to go and we need to continue working on these issues…It is not a Guyana issue, a lot still has to be done worldwide.”Describing the project as labour of love, Davis said that the 2014-2015 study stemmed from the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action, which flagged 12 key areas, including women and the media, where urgent action was needed to ensure greater equality and opportunities for women and men. It was conceived in collaboration with the National Resource and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Social Protection headed back then by Yvonne Stephenson, who was succeeded by Ms. Yvette Bess.“The figures were starling. It was found at that time only 27.3 percent of the membership on Boards of Directors were women; 37.4 percent of women held managerial positions across the media and 34.9 percent of women were classified as professional,” she said.The report also stated that there are less than 20 percent female editors, with the print media showing higher figures than the electronic media.
The general manager and team leader of GROW-Liberia has promised to work with small rubber farmers in Liberia to ensure that the value of their product becomes a reality.Mr. Jaime Reibel made the promise last Saturday in Kakata, Margibi County at the end of a weeklong technical training for Ribbed Smoked Sheets (RSS) production in Liberia.More than 50 participants, including stakeholders, as well as owners of smaller farms from the sector, attended the training held at Bright Farms in Margibi County.The training was organized by GROW-Liberia, in collaboration with an international business developer, which is financed by Adam Smith International, based in London, England.GROW is a Swedish-founded project that is involved in market development and change in the country.According to Reibel, GROW’s interest in the rubber sector is designed to facilitate interventions that will create, strengthen and repair the market-driven rubber value chain.He said it is not enough to produce technically high grade RSS as an alternative to the sale of raw latex.Reibel stressed the need for focus to be placed on market mechanisms by way of the value chain, which include planting, tapping, and transporting latex, among others.He disclosed that GROW envisages the establishment of upstream factories in Liberia to enhance locally produced RSS to manufacture products. He noted that RSS training for farmers will see the farmer make better income, and will lead to national development.Earlier, Dr. Tillekeratne, an international rubber expert and a former director of the Rubber Research Institute of Sri Lanka, who facilitated the week-long exercise, taught the participants about the processes involved with the development of Liberia’s RSS industry as well as training RSS manufacturers and their affiliated clusters of smallholder rubber producers.He encouraged participants to turn their raw latex into RSS so that they can get a good quality for export. “Turning latex into RSS will increase the income of farmers,” he said, adding that it will enable farmers to develop their farms and pay their workers better wages.He added that Liberia has a good weather to grow rubber and other plants, noting that the RSS is a value added process that gives farmers better income for their rubber.The head of Bright Farms, Richard Bright, said the training has helped farmers to know how important it is to turn the latex into the RSS, and how they could generate better income to develop their farms.He expressed gratitude for the training, “because it will help educate farmers on how they could develop their sector and attract greater income generation.”Mr. Bright indicated that GROW has shown farmers the path of sourcing markets while, at the same time, helping to develop a market for themselves.The vice president of the Rubber Planters Association of Liberia (RPAL), Madam Williametta Mulbah, who also participated in the training, spoke on behalf of her colleagues, lauding GROW for the training, for which she said she and her colleagues were deeply grateful.Traning participants were also certificated by GROW Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mannequins placed by businesses along the Vreed-en-Hoop junction have been the newest form of obstruction to pedestrian traffic, and commuters are now complaining as the Christmas season approaches – a time when the area is bustling with people.One of the areas where the mannequins were placedDuring a visit to the area on Friday, over 15 mannequins were placed in front of the stores on the sidewalk. On the opposite side, the same was observed. This was the situation for a string of stores leading up to the Stelling.Commenting on the matter, one woman explained that it is customary for businesses to “take advantage” of the roadway. She stated that many have complained and filed reports at the Police station, located just a small distance away but little has been done.“This is not right. I think people should be able to pass here without the fear that you might walk into a vehicle or something,” she explained.Meanwhile, another concern was raised – the fact that children from a nearby primary school would usually traverse the roadway. This, she noted, is highly unsafe since they are forced to walk on the roadway where vehicles are constantly navigating.“The main thing is that those children would come out and walk this side to go home. This is a four-way. People are not supposed to be doing that. It’s very unsafe while they’re just taking advantage of public property. The RDC (Regional Democratic Council) is right opposite this store and nothing is being done. Same for the other one (across the street)”.Guyana Times spoke to one motorcyclist, Mokesh (only name given), who also expressed dissatisfaction with the way the roadside is occupied. He argued that it obstructs the flow of traffic when pedestrians are forced to walk at the edge of the road. Most importantly, it increases the likelihood of an accident.Efforts to contact the Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Regional Democratic Council for a comment on the matter proved futile.
Development generates fees from planning and building permits and special fees to build roads and parks. Nevertheless revenue is available to cover increased demands resulting from rising costs and a 4.5 percent growth rate attributed largely to annexations. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget with the expectation of approving a spending plan June 12. The planning and parks commissions will review it in the interim. The largest chunk of the $87.2 million general fund is a projected $34.2 million from sales tax revenue, an increase of 5 percent over the last fiscal year. Other key sources of revenue come from property tax and a share of state vehicle license fees. The proposed budget earmarks $31.1 million for capital improvement projects that are budgeted over five years. SANTA CLARITA – The city will unveil its 2007-08 budget Tuesday, a proposal that includes a 13 percent increase in expenditures despite an anticipated decline in revenue. Santa Clarita officials expect to collect $159 million for the fiscal year that starts July 1 and spend the bulk of it for operating expenses – parks and recreation, law enforcement and public transportation, according to a staff report. That sum is about 4 percent – or $5.6 million – less than 2006-07 revenue, primarily because of the slump in the construction industry. “Construction activity slowed down for the first time in several years due to a drop in residential tract development, and several anticipated projects were delayed by developers due to the softening market,” according to the staff report. The city also expects to hire 15 new employees in programming and maintenance. As for reserves, the proposed spending plan shows $26.1 million available for any unforeseen expenditures. Reserves also will help fund Newhall redevelopment and the ongoing battle against the Cemex sand and gravel mine planned outside city limits. If you go The Santa Clarita City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall council chambers, 23920 Valencia Blvd.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Five months after LAPD officers fired rubber bullets into crowds of men, women and children and roughed up journalists at a May Day rally, the department this week is expected to release its long-awaited report on what went wrong. Widely seen as an overreaction to a few troublemakers, the LAPD’s response at the May 1 MacArthur Park rally prompted more than a 100 lawsuits and claims, two demotions and the creation of a special LAPD crowd-control unit. The report is expected to detail the Los Angeles Police Department’s account of what happened at the rally and why. So far, LAPD officials have refused to discuss its content, saying only that it will not name officers involved. But critics say the police response on May Day has further strained the LAPD’s relationship with the immigrant community. They want to see rank-and-file officers punished, and they say the report will be a key indicator of whether the LAPD is serious about reform. “What we want to have is real learning and consequence. Nobody needs to sugarcoat what happened. We all saw it,” said Angelica Salas, an organizer who was at the pro-immigrant rally in the park when police swept in. DETAILS: What happened five months ago and why is the subject of the review to be released Tuesday. By Rachel Uranga STAFF WRITER In addition to demoting two commanders and setting up a special crowd-control unit, LAPD Chief William Bratton has apologized for the conduct of his officers and has begun crowd-control training for all officers. A preliminary report on the melee blamed a breakdown in command structure and poor officer communication. The report due out Tuesday was written by the head of the department’s consent decree bureau, Gerald Chaleff, and the new crowd-control bureau deputy chief, Michael Hillman. “It’s a first step in the analysis,” said Anthony Pacheco, president of the civilian police commission that oversees the LAPD. Though Pacheco said that as of Friday he had not seen a draft of the Tuesday report, he said it should “give a level of transparency that is unmatched in the city’s history.” “My expectation is that this will drill down a lot further on what is the thinking going on and the role of the department.” But he said he is withholding judgment on officer punishment and further inquiries until he sees the report. Sources close to a separate, internal use-of-force investigation say three or four officers could be punished and that others involved have been passed up for promotions because of their actions that day. The fracas, which police have said was caused by agitators, created immediate public outcry in the immigrant community. Images of abusive police behavior were repeatedly broadcast – partly because journalists themselves were subject to some harsh treatment by LAPD officers. The incident forced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short a trade tour in Mexico and Central America. For weeks afterward, Bratton did damage control, reaching out to members of the media and Latino community and calling the incident regrettable and an “aberration.” The preliminary report described a chaotic scene in which officers clad in riot gear forced thousands of people from the park, poking many with batons and firing rubber bullets. Dispersal orders could not be heard over the roar of a helicopter and when police barked orders in English many in the Spanish-speaking crowd could not understand. There was no media safety zone, as is LAPD policy, and it was unclear who provided commands to sweep everyone from the crowded park. Carol Sobel, who is representing more than a dozen clients in a lawsuit against the city over the incident, said the report should conclude that the LAPD failed to adequately notify the crowd to disperse and that nothing could have justified the aggressive officer response. “Anything less than that would be dishonest,” she said. Longtime LAPD observer and civil rights lawyer Connie Rice said rethinking the elite unit that was in charge of crowd control that day must be part of the review. “They need to have a ruthlessly aggressive analysis of Metro, which has not been touched by Bratton,” she said. “Metro is one of the last bastions of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite that does what it wants and how it wants.” Still, even some critics say that the LAPD has turned a corner, responding quickly to the crisis and acknowledging mistakes. Police Commissioner John Mack, a longtime civil rights leader, said he is comfortable that Bratton “has been forthcoming about the terrible, terrible incident from the very beginning, acknowledging a lot of things went wrong.” firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A Lifford man has been told by a Judge that he should walk to his local betting shop the next time he wants to put on a wager.Michael Patrick Brown, of Coolatee, Lifford appeared at Letterkenny District Court on a charge of illegal parking.The court heard that the 37 year old parked on double yellow lines on Main Street, St Johnston on February 8th last. Judge Paul Kelly told Brown he would need to walk a little bit the next time he wants to visit the bookmakers instead of parking outside it.He fined the accused €80.LIFFORD MAN ON PARKING CHARGE TOLD TO WALK TO BOOKIES was last modified: September 17th, 2015 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)
Ivan Perisic is wanted by Manchester United 1 Manchester United are ready to up their bid for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic to £44m, according to reports in Italy.The Old Trafford club seem on the verge of landing the Croatian star, who has reportedly already agreed personal terms with them.Now all that is left to do is for United to agree a fee with Inter but that has proved tricky so far.The San Siro side snubbed an opening offer of £35m and insisted they would not sell him for any less than £48m.But United reckon they may be ready to meet in the middle and, according to Calciomercato, are now set to lodge a bid worth £44m to test Inter’s resolve to keep him.However, it has also been suggested that Paris Saint-Germain remain keen on the 28-year-old and could make a move of their own if United fail to agree a deal soon.Perisic is currently prepare to take part in a prestigious beach volleyball tournament – find out more about that here!
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – More than 10 U.S. Paralympians will return to the Blue Oval as part of a significant partnership between Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and U.S Paralympics, the two organizations announced today. The 109th Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee will present four Paralympic events, the most ever since 2012, with the women’s wheelchair 100- and 400-meter, and the men’s ambulatory 100 and 200 taking place April 27-28 in Des Moines, Iowa.”We are thrilled about the inclusion of additional Paralympic events at the Drake Relays,” said Cathrine Erickson, director of U.S. Paralympics Track & Field. “The Drake Relays continues to show commitment to the growth of the Paralympic Movement and it will be an incredible opportunity to showcase our athletes and program at such a renowned meet.”The 2018 edition will feature the debut of the men’s 100 and women’s 400. This year also marks the most Paralympic events hosted at the Blue Oval since 2012 when the inaugural Paralympic events took place.Highlighting the U.S. field are Paralympic champions David Brown and guide Jerome Avery who will be returning to Drake Relays for the third year. Brown and Avery won their first Paralympic medals with gold and silver at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 in the 100 and 200, respectively. Other Paralympians set to compete include Hannah McFadden, Kelsey LeFevour, Josiah Jamison and guide Rolland Slade, Markeith Price and Regas Woods.”We’re excited to welcome U.S Paralympics and their world-class athletes back to the Blue Oval,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson director of the Drake Relays. “Paralympic athletes have established a rich legacy at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with their tremendous and inspiring performances that have been met with robust adoration from our fans. We’re thrilled to expand our schedule of Paralympic events to include a women’s 400 meters and men’s 100 meters for the first time as Team USA prepares for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.”Paralympic events at Drake Relays will kick off with the men’s 100 on Friday afternoon, followed by the women’s 100 that evening. Competition will continue Saturday morning with the women’s 400 and conclude that afternoon with the men’s 200. For more information, visit DrakeRelays.org. Print Friendly Version