Russia doping state-dictated with secret service backing: report

first_imgThe World Anti-Doping Agency had McLaren investigate allegations made by former Russian anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov in a May article in The New York Times.Rodchenkov, now living in the United States, had told how Russian secret service agents helped the operation to get Russian samples away from international inspectors at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.“I’m unwaveringly confident in our report,” McLaren said, noting the two Russian government-backed groups were “directly involved in the state-overseen program.”McLaren said the report was “credible and verifiable” and called Rodchenkov “was a credible and truthful person.”Rodchenkov said Russia’s sports ministry was actively involved in doping — an accusation Russian officials have denied. He said an intricate doping program was “working like a Swiss watch” and helped at least 15 Russian medalists.Share on: WhatsApp Russia operated a state-dictated doping system during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and other events, an independent investigator said Monday in a report likely to lead to demands for Russia to be completely banned from the Rio Games.Canadian law professor Richard McLaren said Russia’s FSB secret service had backed the doping cover-ups by anti-doping laboratories in Moscow and Sochi under orders from the country’s Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.“The Moscow laboratory operated, for the protection of doped Russian athletes, within a state-dictated failsafe system,” McLaren said.“The Sochi Laboratory operated a unique sample swapping methodology to enable doped Russian athletes to compete at the Winter Olympic Games,” he added.The United States and Canadian anti-doping agency have called for a potential ban of all Russian competitors from the Rio Games, which start August 5, if the McLaren report was damning enough.“The Ministry of Sport directed, controlled and oversaw the manipulation of athletes’ analytical results or sample swapping and the active participation and assistance of the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service), CSP (Center of Sports Preparation for Russian athletes) and both Moscow and Sochi laboratories.”last_img read more

Saint Martin’s University’s New Plaza and Courtyard

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Jeffery B. Glander and AssociatesThe need to replace aging infrastructure and improve drainage created the opportunity for a new, more sustainable campus plaza and courtyard. Jeffrey B. Glander & Associates and SCJ Alliance designed this project to include a new outdoor space that provides both meditative garden areas for the monks at St. Martin’s Abbey, and arrival way finding for visitors to the admissions office of St. Martin’s University. Old asphalt driveways and sidewalks were replaced with over 34,000 s.f. of new, colorful architectural concrete and pervious turf paving fire lanes.A tiered fountain water feature and the University logo embedded in granite paving highlight entry to “Old Main” and the school offices. Visitor parking is directed off-site to create a truly pedestrian only atmosphere for the plaza environment. Other design features include a 300 foot long brick wall with arched “windows” between the monastery and campus areas, extensive landscape renovation, drainage improvements, site and landscape lighting and new pedestrian pathways. This project recently won the WACA Excellence in Construction award for the Architectural/Decorative Concrete category.last_img read more

Digicel Grand Prix helps smaller schools shine – Riley

first_imgKINGSTON:Head coach of Excelsior High School’s track and field programme, David Riley, says the Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships helps schools with smaller athletics programmes to shine.Pointing to his own team which finished third among the girls teams and in the top five among the boys’ teams in the 2016 Grand Prix series, Riley said higher-quality athletes were able to earn valuable points from fewer events, compared to the annual Boys and Girls’ Championships, in which larger teams win by harnessing more points.Excelsior athletes who performed well at Saturday’s Grand Prix final at G.C. Foster College were Shanice Love, who won the girls’ Under-20 discus with a record throw of 50.39 metres; Andre Garvey, who was third in the boys’ Under-20 discus; Joel Morgan, who won the boys’ Under-16 long jump; Jonathan Smith, who was third in the Under-20 long jump; and Kaliah Jones, who was second in the girls’ Under-17 high jump.”It’s a great opportunity for the schools to go out there and not use 10,000 people to win a championship. It works for teams like ours that have quality athletes, but can’t score 200 and 300 points to win Champs, but because we have six good athletes [we] can go there and compete against the six athletes that are good for the other schools.”It’s a great opportunity for schools that are small and have good-quality athletes and not have to pad their performance. It great for small teams and great for teams with quality,” he said.Edwin Allen girls and St Jago boys were named Grand Prix champion schools.Riley added that the more sponsors that track and field is able to attract, the better.”The Grand Prix is a positive thing for the sport. The sport is part of an entertainment package that we have not really been exploring a lot, and anything that makes it big is going to help the sport,” he said.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgRonaldo wins UEFA Best Player in Europe award MONACO (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA’s award as the best player in Europe last season after helping Portugal to win the European Championship and having another stellar campaign for Real Madrid. Ronaldo, a favourite for a fourth world player of the year award, beat club teammate Gareth Bale of Wales and Atletico Madrid’s France star Antoine Griezmann. The vote, by journalists from UEFA’s 55-member countries, was announced at the Champions League draw yesterday. Ronaldo also received the award in 2014. Lionel Messi (twice), Andres Iniesta and Franck Ribery previously won the award, which was first presented in 2011. UEFA created the prize after the original European Footballer of the Year honour, known as the Ballon d’Or, merged with FIFA’s world player award. Barcelona sign goalkeeper Cillessen BARCELONA, Spain (AP): Barcelona have signed Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, clearing the way for Claudio Bravo to complete his move to Manchester City. Barcelona announced the transfers of both goalkeepers yesterday, signing Cillessen before finalising the sale of Bravo. The Spanish champions says Cillessen agreed to a five-year contract after securing his transfer from Dutch club Ajax for US$14.6 million plus a possible US$2.25 million in variables. Barcelona say they will receive US$20.3 million for Bravo, plus a possible US$2.25 million in variables, from City. The 33-year-old Bravo helped Barcelona win the Spanish league in his two seasons at the club. Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been Barcelona’s ‘keeper in the Champions League and Copa del Rey. It is expected he will now be their first-choice player in La Liga. Dilshan retiring from ODIs COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP): Sri Lanka allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan will retire from one-day international cricket on Sunday, after the third match of the current series against Australia. Sri Lanka Cricket announced the decision yesterday. Cricket website espncricinfo.com says the 39-year-old Dilshan will retire from international cricket altogether after the second Twenty20 against Australia in Colombo on September 9. However, Sri Lanka Cricket’s chief executive officer Ashley de Silva said that Dilshan only informed them of retiring from one-day internationals. Dilshan, who has already retired from tests, made his ODI debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. He went on to play 329 games, scoring 10,248 runs at an average of 39.26, with 22 centuries and 47 fifties. The off-spinner also has 106 ODI wickets. Dilshan has also played in 78 Twenty20 internationals, scoring 1,884 runs. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said Sunday’s ODI in Dambulla will be dedicated to Dilshan.last_img read more

Nutrition, health and wellness centre launched

first_imgDr Moreen Bishop-Joseph during her presentationA section of the gathering at the eventThe dream of a family member, who has now departed, has become a reality in the community of Pearl, East Bank Demerara (EBD) as Saturday marked the official launching and dedication of the Dr Moreen Bishop-Joseph and Kenrick Clenford Bishop Centre for Nutrition and Diabetes Education, Health and Wellness.Being the first of its kind in the community, the centre was established with a goal to promote healthy lifestyles through innovative education programs, research and teaching initiatives, as well as collaborating with national and international institutions in order to produce measurable outcomes in reducing critical health issues in Guyana.One of the many challenges Guyanese face health wise mainly involves the non-communicable disease (NCD)— diabetes— which has since become a significant cause of morbidity and mortality globally, this is according to the centre’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Moreen Bishop-Joseph.The overseas-based Doctor, in presenting an overview for the centre, explained that the initiative was undertaken after her late uncle, Kenrick Clenford Bishop, who made it his final request to her. Additionally, she noted the role of the centre is eliminating diabetes among other NCDs.“I am here to establish a centre for nutrition and diabetes education, and this centre is not just a centre where someone would be sitting in there to listen and to help people, it’s a centre that would provide education, community outreach, teaching and research. Diabetes is a very serious disease, once you contract diabetes, it affects your kidneys, your heart, your blood pressure and it’s a certificate for a short life”.Furthermore, an elated Bishop-Joseph has expressed willingness to collaborate with various academic institutions, Governmental agencies, and local communities as well health care organizations in keeping with the goal of the centre.“I envision this centre growing and collaborating with the various ministries like Ministry of Education to provide education for every pupil…I envision a Guyana where we are a flagship country in this hemisphere when it comes to nutrition and health.”Meanwhile, Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence, who delivered brief remarks used the opportunity to extend congratulations to the CEO and members of the newly launched centre, while further indicating her readiness to work hand-in-hand with the facility.“Many of the objectives which you have here goes in tandem with the vision-2020 of the Ministry of Public Health… I’m quite certain that in those collaborative efforts, the Ministry of Public Health-Food and Nutrition Department will be looking forward to working with you…because the data which you would have gathered will work very much for the Ministry of Public Health to help us to analyse the many issues we are facing,” she stated.On that note, the Minister cited that NCDs account for over 50 per cent of deaths in Guyana, and further underscored that a large sum of the country’s budget goes towards supplying medical drugs to treat these diseases.“It is well known that Guyana’s NCDs results in about 70 per cent of our deaths; so this is a big issue for us, a large amount of our budget is spent for drugs and medical supplies for addressing NCDs…and so this is going to become part of our 2020 vision that we’re working on…I do look forward to your partnership.” Minister Lawrence explained.In addition, the centre also seeks to embark on the path of hosting lectures, workshops, open forums, and healthy cooking classes among other activates in order to promote healthy lifestyles in the community and other areas.At the conclusion of the simple but significant ceremony, the Aurora Primary School was presented with a brand new laptop computer, as the first step in contributing to the home town of the CEO. Parties present at the ceremony were entertained by musical renditions and songs from both the Pearl Nursery School and the Supply Primary School.last_img read more

Forest Fire smoke drifting into Fort Nelson

first_imgThe Wildfire Management Branch has received several reports of smoke drifting into Fort Nelson in the past few hours. There are no new fires in the Fort Nelson area. Aircraft have flown the areas surrounding Fort Nelson and no new wildfires have been detected.The smoke the public is seeing is drifting in from fires in surrounding areas. No infrastructure or property in the Fort Nelson area is currently at risk from these fires. There are currently two modified response fires burning to the west and northwest of Fort Nelson. The Dunedin River Fire is 100 kilometres west of Fort Nelson and is currently estimated at 5000 hectares and the Kechika River Fire is 300 kilometres northwest of Fort Nelson and is estimated at 2400 hectares. Both fires are currently exhibiting active fire behaviour which is resulting in high levels of smoke.The Theelandoa Creek Fire is 100 kilometres northeast of Fort Nelson and is currently 950 hectares in size. There are currently 111 firefighters and an Incident Management Team working on this fire.- Advertisement -Smoke has the ability to disperse hundreds of kilometres from its original source. A smoke forecast for your area can be obtained here: http://www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.htmlUp-to-date information on burning restrictions and current wildfire activity can be obtained online at www.bcwildfire.ca or by calling 1 888 3-FOREST. To report smoke, flames or an unattended open fire, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.last_img read more

State’s environmental fate rests in governor’s hands

first_img“He has great command of the subjects in a speech-making kind of way. Environmentalists see him, unlike with (former Gov.) Pete Wilson, as `there’s always a chance with Arnold that you might get a bill signed.’ He is a centrist.” Last year, Scwharzenegger won worldwide attention for signing AB32, a law requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020. An end run around the Bush administration, that measure was opposed by the state’s oil industry, utilities and other business groups. Yet he also disappointed environmentalists by vetoing a bill that would have set a $30 fee on shipping containers coming into Los Angeles and Long Beach to fund programs to clean up diesel smog. The trucks and ships in the ports make them the largest stationary source of diesel pollution in California, linked to severe respiratory problems in thousands of people. This year, there are roughly 15 bills on environmental issues that have reached the governor’s desk. “We hope that the governor is going to want to reinforce his environmental reputation by signing some of these key bills,” said Bill Magavern, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club. The bills include: AB 1108, by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, which would ban chemicals called phthalates in toys and child care products designed for children under 3 years old. The chemicals, which are used to soften plastic, have been linked in some studies to early onset of puberty, testicular cancer and liver problems. Opponents of the bill, including the American Chemistry Council, say that without phthalates, toys would become brittle and could pose a choking hazard. They also argue the studies showing health risks were done by giving rats massive doses – far more than children would receive through pacifiers, baby bottles and other products. AB 821, by Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, which would ban lead bullets for hunters in the range of the California condor, which extends roughly from the Bay Area to Los Angeles. Recent studies by toxicologists at UC Santa Cruz have shown that condors, a highly endangered species, have suffered lead poisoning after eating bullet fragments left in deer and wild pigs killed by hunters. Many hunting groups oppose the bill, saying that copper bullets cost more and don’t fly as true. AB 1470, by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, which would create a $250 million annual subsidy for solar hot water heaters with the goal of installing 200,000 by 2017. The money would come from a surcharge on monthly utility bills that would be set by the California Public Utilities Commission. The bill is modeled after Schwarzenegger’s “Million Solar Roofs” program, and is designed to cut natural gas use by encouraging people to install solar devices that heat the water for their homes. One area of controversy is green buildings. There are three bills that would require green building standards. They are: AB 888, by Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo, which would require that starting in 2013, new commercial buildings over 50,000 square feet would have to meet the “gold” standard of the United States Green Building Council. The rule would affect everything from office buildings to supermarkets. AB 1058, by Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, which would require the state Building Standards Commission to set green building standards for new homes by 2010. AB 35, by Assemblyman Ira Ruskin, D-Los Altos, which would require the state EPA to set sustainable building standards by 2009 for the construction and renovation of state buildings so that they meet the `silver’ standard of the US Green Building Council. Supporters include most of the major environmental groups in Californis who argue that better insulation, more efficient lighting and other measures reduces energy use. Opponents include the California Chamber of Commerce and the other business groups. “We’re very supportive of green building,” said Bob Raymer of the California Building Industry Association. “The problem here is that all three of these bills reference national guidelines, and each of them are put together by private sector groups. They don’t go through any public scrutiny or comment process.” Raymer said that California is unique – with lots of earthquakes, landslides and fires – and should design its own standards. This year, many of the top environmental measures stalled or died in the Legislature, particularly in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. They include measures to require 33 percent of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources, the $30 fee on shipping containers to reduce ports smog, and AB493, by Ruskin, which have would set fees of up to $2,500 on the sale of new vehicles that guzzle gas and emit high levels of carbon dioxide. The money would have funded rebates of up to $2,500 for people who purchase low-emission, fuel-efficient cars. The bill was defeated in the Legislature after intense lobbying from car dealers. “Last year was clearly a better year,” said Magavern of the Sierra Club. “It helps us when it’s an election year.” progers@mercurynews.com (408) 920-5045 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Environmentalists and industry officials alike are holding their breath, waiting for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to act on a stack of environmental bills in the next few days that would do everything from require green building standards on new homes and commercial buildings to banning a controversial type of chemicals in children’s toys. Schwarzenegger has until Sunday to sign or veto all the bills that the state Legislature sent him this year. And as in years past, Schwarzenegger is keeping both supporters and opponents of many of the top environmental issues guessing right until the end. His actions are harder to predict than previous governors, they say. “Arnold is a celebrity. He loves some of these environmental issues,” said John White, executive director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, an environmental group in Sacramento. last_img

Barcelona and Spain legend still tops transfer target list for New York City

first_img1 Xavi in action for Barcelona Barcelona legend Xavi is still a top transfer target for New York City.The newly formed side, who are owned by Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, are set to join the MLS this March.And in anticipation of their debut season, the club are determined to attract big names to increase their growing fan base .Former Barcelona striker David Villa has already joined, while Frank Lampard is set to make the switch to New York in July.And now the MLS side’s sporting director Claudio Reyna has revealed the club are still chasing Barcelona legend Xavi – who they tried to sign last summer.“We have not closed the door on Xavi,” Reyna told TV3.“We will try to convince him to accept our offer as we are already looking to buy new players for next season.”last_img read more

THE DRY ARCH COMPLEX GRAND OPENING – PICTURE SPECIAL!

first_imgHundreds of people called to the Dry Arch Complex in Bonagee yesterday for its official grand opening.Sam Maguire was there with some of the Donegal team as guests of honour and all were treated to a buffet and music throughout the day. Owners Ciaran and Brian Brogan looked very proud men as they embarked on the latest challenge in their business careers.The brothers were surrounded by family and friends and their new employees as they looked forward to many years ahead at the famous service station.With many thanks to Joe Langan for the pictures. THE DRY ARCH COMPLEX GRAND OPENING – PICTURE SPECIAL! was last modified: October 21st, 2012 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:Brian BroganCiaran BroganDonegal playersDry Arch Complexgrand openingSam Maguireservice stationlast_img read more