WADA, China sign anti-doping deal

first_imgMONTREAL (AP):The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Chinese officials have signed an agreement to crack down on the manufacture and supply of performance-enhancing drugs in China.WADA announced the memo-randum of understanding yesterday with the General Administration of Sport of China.WADA says the agreement “signifies a significant break-through” in clamping down on illegal production of doping products in China “which are then exported to the outside world and all too often reach the hands of athletes”.The agency says the deal follows a recent US Drug Enforcement Administration investigation that led to a large amount of doping products being seized, much of it obtained over the Internet from Chinese companies and laboratories.WADA and Interpol, the international police organisation, will provide information to Chinese law-enforcement organi-sations for targeting illegal suppliers.last_img read more

Poor Representation, Ebola Fear Cause Low Turnout in Senatorial Election

first_imgWomen from rural Montserrado, including Crozierville, Careysburg and Fendell, have attributed the poor turnout of voters to the lack of proper representation as well as fear of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.Speaking to the Daily Observer on Election Day, 47 year-old Madam Cecelia Togba, who resides in Crozierville, said the deaths from the outbreak of the Ebola virus, which affected mainly women, was a major problem for the society today and will be tomorrow.“Some women have three to four children that they need to care for and going to the polls now has no impact on some of them. There is no hope for some of these women for now and they think that this is not the time for election.  Some of us still have tears in our eyes,” said Madam Togba.She explained that during the campaign period of the special senatorial election, only one of the candidates visited the Crozierville area leaving many of them wondering whom to vote for since “we simply do not know these people—the candidates,” she said.She said many people were no longer feeling the impact of representation, stating that, “We need to start finding food for our children rather than to focus on going to the polls that would neither help our children nor ourselves.”“We only want to know when schools will be reopened for now and start finding money to send our children back to school, my   brother. We are taking responsibility for children from one year old upwards who lost either one or both parents or other close relatives to the disease.  You cannot see your brother or sister’s child and other family members and not care for them,” she told our reporter.Ms. Musu Nyankoi, another resident, explained that she was only voting due to encouragement from one of her friends but said she had not planned to “waste her time for someone else’s children’s future while she continued struggling for a  better life for herself and her children.”According to Madam Nyankoi, many people are frustrated by the impact of the Ebola virus and gong to the polls after so many families lost members, including husbands and children, brothers and sisters,  without being able to locate their burial sites was a distressing thing for the people of Liberia.She said, “The government needed to come to the people first before the election time and make them to understand why should Liberia (have) elections and what some of the people who lost relatives need to do in this election.”A youth from Careysburg, Patience Kollie, explained that she was not voting in this election because she did not think Liberia needed this election in the midst of the deadly Ebola virus, which has destroyed so many lives.Giving her view on youth participation in the special senatorial election, Ms. Kollie said some young people, especially first time voters, were exercising their rights. “I will exercise my voting right in 2017,” she declared.She called on the government to focus on working with women mainly those affected by the outbreak of the epidemic and help reduce their worries as well as their responsibilities, most especially by helping to ensure that all orphans throughout the country are provided scholarships for an extended period.“If these orphans are given at least local scholarships and the parents are empowered to find food for their children and cater to their other needs, this will help us recover from the impact of Ebola soon. Some people have three to four orphans and no husband to support them anymore,” she explained.According to her, after the 14 years of civil crisis in the country, some people benefited by going to school without paying fees and helping the children will greatly help the society as well as reduce future liabilities.The Daily Observer visited several polling centers in rural Montserrado, including the Careysburg Administrative Building, Careysburg Public School, Fendell Palava Hut, Euphemia Barclay Elementary School in Bentol City, capital of Montserrado, and several polling centers in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LIPA Mandate Undermined

first_imgThe Director General of the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) Mr. Oblayon Nyemah has accused some government Ministries and Agencies of usurping the functions of his institution. According to Mr. Nyemah, some Ministries, Agencies and Commissions often embark on self-training and assume the role of training their own staff contrary to the national policy of LIPA.Speaking over the weekend at programs marking the close of the first training cycle in 2015 of government workers by his institution at its offices in Mamba Point, Monrovia, Mr. Nyemah pointed out that too often, donor support for training is directed in disconnected ways such that everyone is a trainer and everyone has a trainee. He intimated that this attitude is adversely affecting LIPA’s mandate and stressed the need for all national training programs to be synchronized for the greater good of the country.The LIPA boss emphasized that the potential danger that disjointed trainings pose to national development initiatives is that it undermines the integrity of LIPA’s mandate especially when the prerequisite of the nation’s Public Administration rests upon LIPA.Mr. Nyemah said, “We have emphasized over time that trainings across Ministries, Agencies and Commissions must be a collaborative effort to the extent that LIPA is left alone to perform its statutory mandate.“We must be the ones to sanction such trainings with the appropriate accreditation. When other institutions provide trainings, as good as they may appear, they fall below the scope of recognition that a LIPA certified training would otherwise provide because LIPA operates within the perimeters of a comity of Management Development Institutions and by that authority its trainings are internationally acclaimed and accepted by fellow MDIs.”LIPA Boss declared: “Let me say without apology that the more we realize this, the more we will strengthen our Management Development Institution to attract the kind of respect it deserves from our international counterparts. “Besides, it is my plea once again to call on the Government that the minimal percentage of 2 percent of the personnel cost of Ministries, Agencies and Commissions of Government be given to LIPA to conduct In-service trainings for Public/Civil Servants to enhance the quality of public service delivery.”Turning to the 54 graduates, Mr. Nyemah encouraged them to go out and proudly serve as torchbearers of the institute by exhibiting attributes that reflect the quality of training they received.He further urged them to use their certificates as tools to make their work better, adding that training will always be relevant to their work to increase productivity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Minister Lawrence greeted with protests at Port Mourant

first_imgPublic Health Minister Volda Lawrence was on Thursday greeted by protestors when she turned up to commission the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant.Residents picket Health Ministers at Port MourantLed by head of the Regional Health Committee Zamal Hussain, the protestors are calling for a proper health care system in the region.Hussain, speaking with the media, explained that they are protesting the deficiency and inefficiency which exist in the health sector, along with mismanagement, corruption and cronyism in the sector.Hussain said the people of Region Six are suffering tremendously.“Diabetic patients’ tablets are being rationed on a monthly basis. Persons who have to get thirty days’ tablets are being given ten days’ tablets,” he said.Hussain blamed both Ministers in the Public Health Ministry, saying that they have been abusing tax payers’ money on extravagant ceremonies and parading in the region.“The health sector is in serious problems as it relates to drugs and medical supplies,” he warned.He said the Ministers, who have the authority to fix the problems which exit in the health sector, have been turning a blind eye to them.With the problems spread across the Region, Hussain suggested that both Ministers do the honourable thing and resign. He also noted that both the Skeldon Hospital and the Regional Health Department are managed by political activists.Being reminded by this publication that under the previous administration the head of the regional health sector was also a political activist, Hussain replied by saying that then it was a political activist who was medically qualified.“This man is not a professional. We have to ensure that we have professional persons to manage the health system. Health is about people’s lives. You cannot give a donkey a mouth organ to blow; he will chew it up, and that is what is happening in the health system in Region Six,” he declared.The political activist said he would continue to advocate on behalf of the people of the Region. Among the issues Hussain said he will be pushing to have resolved are the lack of basic health care, the lack of an adequate supply of X-ray films, and lack of the necessary equipment to do certain tests at hospitals across the Region.Structural deficiencies are also listed along with non-performance of cataract surgeries at the National Ophthalmology Hospital. He also referred to a shortage of doctors at several hospitals and vacancies which have been in existence for more than one year.Asked whether, as head of the Regional Health Committee, he should not be applauding the health sector, since the Minister was in the Region to commission a series of projects, Hussain said he welcomes all of the developments in the region, but the extent of the inefficiency cannot be overshadowed.Projects commissionedMeanwhile, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence had some comforting words for health care providers. She said the Public Health Ministry tries to provide the best health care for all Guyana.At the Port Mourant Hospital, the administrative department and waiting area was re-commissioned; so, too, were three recovery rooms, the Department for Eye Care, the operating theatre and the VCT centre; while the upgraded laboratory was commissioned as well as an upgraded kitchen, new X-ray department, upgraded Pharmacy Department, waiting area and shed, male and female wards and a vehicle parking area.Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, has urged persons to support the public health system. In a few years, she said, there will be a total transformation of the health system.“That is why we changed our mane from the Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Public Health, with the main focus now being on the ‘public’.” She said the Ministry of Public Health is focusing on helping both people and communities.“So we are promoting health, preventing disease, and there is a renewal of primary health care,” Minister Cummings said.last_img read more

Team Tardi wins 2019 Canadian Junior Curling Championships

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, S.K. – Fort St. John’s Sterling Middleton along with his team, Team Tardi, have won their third consecutive Canadian Junior Curling Title.Team Tardi faced Manitoba in the Junior Men’s Championship Finals on Sunday.It was a pretty close game during each end with Tardi picking up three points in the second end and Manitoba picking up a total of four points in ends four and five.- Advertisement –Final score sheet for the B.C. Men’s Junior Curling Championships. Source Canadian Junior Curling ChampionshipsIn the end, Team Tardi managed to edge out Manitoba for a win of 7-5.Skip Tardi, along with Vice-Skip Middleton, feel unreal in the sense of winning the Championship for the third time.Advertisement “It’s unreal the fact that this has only been done twice before and how this is such a rare feat. It’s an incredible feeling and to be doing it with one of my best friends is extra special.”Team Tardi’s final standings as of January 27. Source Canadian Junior Curling ChampionshipsUp next, the team will represent Canada at the 2019 World Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool, Nova Scotia on February 16 to the 23.(Story information and quote excerpts source: Curling Canada).Advertisementlast_img read more

Wenger fined Sh5.6m and banned by the FA

first_imgThe Gunners boss was ultimately charged for what he said in the referees’ changing room after the game.And an FA statement on Friday read: “Arsene Wenger will serve a touchline ban for Arsenal’s next three matches after he was charged with misconduct.“It follows an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today at which the Arsenal manager admitted that his language and behaviour in the match officials’ changing room after the West Brom game on Sunday was abusive, improper and questioned the integrity of the match referee. He was also fined £40,000.”Wenger will miss the FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest, the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Chelsea and the league tie with Bournemouth.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000After seeing his side end a three-match winless run with a win over Newcastle, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no worries about a potential lack of staminaLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 6 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been hit with a Sh5.6m (£40,000) fine and a three-match touchline ban after being charged with misconduct by the Football Association.Wenger’s comments about the refereeing during the 1-1 draw at West Brom last weekend, where referee Mike Dean awarded the Baggies a late penalty for handball against Calum Chambers, that saw Jay Rodriguez earn a point for his side, were reviewed by the FA.last_img read more

ANGELS-RED SOX NOTEBOOK Matthews will miss series with sore knee

first_imgBy Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Gary Matthews Jr. gave up all hope of playing in the American League Division Series not long after the Angels’ off-day workout began Tuesday. Matthews, who is on a playoff team for the first time in his career, said he was still experiencing severe pain in his left knee. He aggravated an old injury when the Angels played in Texas during the final week of the regular season. At the time, Matthews was rounding back into shape after returning from a right ankle sprain in mid-September that did not end up being as severe as originally believed. “It’s disappointing,” Matthews said. “You go through a whole season and the goal is to get to the playoffs. This past year has brought a lot of firsts for me and most of them good. It looks like I will miss the first round, so hopefully the team plays well, gets through the first round and hopefully I can help them out in the next round.” A rule change with playoff rosters this postseason caused Matthews to play it safe. Players can be replaced during a series if injured, essentially putting them on a postseason disabled list, but they would have to miss the current series and the next one under that scenario. Matthews did not want to be put on the ALDS roster and have to be replaced, which would have put him out of action until the World Series, if the Angels made it that far. Even if Matthews finds the strength to return in a later round of the playoffs, he still has a long way to go before he is completely healthy again. “(Trainer) Ned (Bergert) said it will take rehabbing this whole offseason to get it right,” Matthews said. “We’ll do just that. But as far as being able to play in 10 days, which is the start of a new series, hopefully I will be ready.” How bad is the problem? Matthews’ list of things the injury is affecting includes, “Agility, exploding to a ball, stealing bases, jumping against a wall, planting, pivoting and making strong throws.” Said Manager Mike Scioscia, “We’re going to have to find a way with some of the depth we have as we have all year.” Reggie Willits will start in center field today, but his game is not nearly as polished defensively as Matthews’. Colon out, Moseley in Not long after Bartolo Colon was named to the ALDS roster, he was removed because of injury. Pitching coach Mike Butcher said that Colon felt a “pinch” in his right elbow while throwing off flat ground during Tuesday’s workout. Colon pitched an impressive shutout inning Saturday at Oakland that likely sealed his spot on the playoff roster. But that outing apparently took its toll. After first being told he would not be a part of the opening-round roster, the Angels alerted Dustin Moseley that he would indeed be added to the bullpen. “I was trying to stay upbeat with things because anything is possible,” Moseley said. “It’s crazy. It’s a blessing, man.” Odds and ends Boston left knuckleballer Tim Wakefield off the playoff roster because of his ailing back. Manager Terry Francona said the goal was to get Wakefield healthy enough for later in the playoffs, should the Red Sox advance. The Red Sox instead will carry a third catcher, Kevin Cash. … Garret Anderson’s right eye looked almost swollen shut Tuesday and it still is possible that he could miss today’s game. Anderson has been dealing with a case of conjunctivitis since the weekend. “I’ll have to wait until (today) about playing,” Anderson said. “It’s all right. It’s not getting worse.” Anderson said he had no problems seeing the ball during batting practice. … Vladimir Guerrero, who has been dealing with a sore right triceps for nearly a month, will not start in right field today. Chone Figgins will take his place in right field and Maicer Izturis is expected to start at third. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

The amazing Villa, Forest and Liverpool stat Spain’s big three are aiming for

first_img1 Spain will be celebrating three successive Champions League final wins when Madrid rivals Real and Atletico go head-to-head on 28 May.It will be the first time in 34 years a country has claimed the trophy three seasons in a row, dating back to when Aston Villa completed a record sequence of six successive victories for English clubs.Villa’s 1982 win followed back-to-back wins for Liverpool in 1977 and 1978, with Forest repeating that feat in 1979 and 1980, before the Reds added another victory in 1981.ENGLAND’S DOMINATION1976/77: Liverpool beat Borussia Monchengladbach1977/78: Liverpool beat Bruges1978/79: Forest beat Malmo1979/80: Forest beat Hamburg1980/81: Liverpool beat Real Madrid1981/82: Aston Villa beat Bayern MunichSPAIN GOING FOR HAT-TRICK2013/14: Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid2014/15: Barcelona beat Juventus2015/16: Real Madrid play Atletico Madrid on 28 MayOTHER WINNING STREAKS (AT LEAST THREE SUCCESSIVE YEARS)Netherlands: Four in a row – Feyenoord (1970) and Ajax (1971-1973)Italy: Three in a row – Milan (1963) and Inter (1964-1965)Spain: Five in a row – All won by Real Madrid (1955-1960)Which captain will get his hands on the trophy this year? Aston Villa won the 1982 European Cup final, which came off the back of five years of English domination in the competition last_img read more

It takes a Village to raise results

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The program known as The Village is one of the success stories in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Targeting the 300 black students among the 3,700 teens attending Cleveland, the monthly workshops seek to understand the connections between culture and academics. During the monthly meetings, held during school hours, students are free to discuss any topic – from test-taking skills to the use of the “n-word.” But the common denominator is race – whether it’s the 43 percent dropout rate among black students in Los Angeles Unified, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., or the Supreme Court ruling that desegregated schools nationwide. And that has been the key, reaching beyond academic studies and speaking to students in a language they don’t often hear in the classroom. “It’s not that these students are dumb or they can’t achieve, it’s that sometimes they don’t see the significance of these tests,” said Andre Chevalier, Cleveland’s dean of students and co-founder of The Village. “Our initial idea was to affect their academic achievement score, but these students tend to respect us more (if we talk about anything) than if we just talk about grades.” Chevalier, life-skills coach Fluke Fluker and nearly a dozen African-American teachers work hard with the students without sugar-coating the information. The straight talk presented by guest speakers to The Village – named for the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” – reached Brown and others in a way only a family member could. RESEDA – Like too many other African-American students at Cleveland High, Brae Brown was a slacker – ignoring teachers, cutting class, failing subjects. Then came the day a dedicated group of educators pulled Brown and his friends into the auditorium classroom for a reality check – dismal test scores, high dropout rates and a bleak future as adults. That first session two years ago shocked Brown and moved others to tears. It also spurred them to action. “I got more serious when I saw the dropout rates and talked about how we were doing,” said Brown, now 16 and earning average grades as a junior. “I said, I don’t want to be one of those people. I didn’t want to be a statistic.” Since the program began, standardized test scores among African-American students at Cleveland have shot up 100 points. Cleveland’s success has prompted other schools to consider addressing academic performance in a culturally specific way, instead confronting the problem among all students as they usually do. El Camino Real, Chatsworth and Crenshaw High schools are looking to replicate The Village. Other school officials hope to create a Latino version of the program. “It is probably one of the most impressive stories regarding student achievement in the country,” said Bob Collins, LAUSD’s chief instructional officer of secondary education and recent architect of the district’s anti-dropout program. “It represents some breakthrough work on the part of teachers and administrators in changing the achievement level of African-American students. The teachers, it is their commitment, their willingness to take ownership for those students. The results have been dramatic.” Fluker and the educators say there is no big secret to their success, no fancy academic formula or costly book that makes the program – rather it’s honest people who care. And for many of the students, it rings true. “The teachers in this room demand a certain respect,” said Travis Wallace, a 17-year-old senior. “We need somebody to tell us to get our grades together, to get ourselves together. And when you get out of here, you are energized.” John Rogers, associate director of the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access at University of California, Los Angeles, said it does not necessarily take a black teacher to reach black students, but it helps to provide a role model that is easily accessible in a student’s mind. “One of the things it’s addressing is that young people are often seeking to create identities that are powerful. Too often in our public schools we don’t create space to have an identity that is culturally attuned and that embraces deep appreciation of academic work.” This program does, said Cleveland Principal Robert Marks. As importantly, the idea builds on a larger trend in education to build small intimate “communities” in which teachers and students know each other well and feel connected to their school. “Any time you can bring young people together to believe in themselves, you will have a better attitude, and it translates in the classroom,” Marks said. On a recent weekday meeting, one college counselor talked about growing up in the projects and struggling to get into college while a master’s student spoke about the draw and pain of the motherland – Africa. Fellow students came up to read poetry about Black History Month and the voice of a new generation of blacks. And even though it’s never stated, they all talk about taking responsibility for their own actions. Chris Cheronke read his own poem, and the auditorium fell silent. “Our history’s a beautiful thing. But while ya’ll watching the past I’m making black history now. Cause this time won’t last. So whether past, present or future, their time, my time, our time, it’s deeper than 28 days, black history lifetime.” Applause erupted. And at least one student said under her breath, “That’s right.” Rachel Uranga, (818) 713-3741 rachel.uranga@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man who boasted he lost Gardai at 179kph is jailed for 20 months

first_imgA man who drove at speeds of up to 179kph and then boasted to Garda that they could not catch him has been jailed for 20 months and banned from driving for 10 years.Shane Gibson appeared before Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with more than 30 offences over a two year period. When arrested by Gardai in September last, there were more than 20 bench warrants out for Gibson’s arrest.Gibson, 29, a father of two of Carra Bay, Culdaff with a previous address in Creeslough, faced charges including dangerous driving, no insurance, no tax, no driving license and no NCT certificate.The court heard how Gibson had tried to escape from Gardai during several pursuits on different dates.On a number of occasions he overtook cars on continuous white lines, went the wrong way around roundabouts and drove erratically around blind bends.Garda Marcus O’Dowd gave evidence of one pursuit in which Gibson was spotted driving dangerously on six different occasions during a pursuit from Letterkenny and across the border into Derry on September 15th last.The court was told how Gibson drove his black Vauxhall Astra car at horrific speeds out of sight of Gardai as they tried to keep up with him.Garda O’Dowd said that when Gibson was arrested a week later, he bragged about how he was able to get away from Gardai.Evidence of other serious pursuits were also given to the court.Gibson’s solicitor Donagh Cleary told the court that the death of a baby two years ago had undoubtedly been a catalyst for his client’s behaviour.He said Gibson admitted to having a problem with alcohol and his behaviour was almost designed to get himself caught.Gibson, who had 12 previous convictions for a range of offences including burglary, theft, trespassing, no insurance and public order, had inherited a farm of 40 acres from his late grandfather.Judge Paul Kelly went through all the charges and took some into consideration and dismissed others.He sentenced Gibson to a total of 20 months and backdated to September 26th last, the date in which he went into custody.He also banned him from driving for ten years.Man who boasted he lost Gardai at 179kph is jailed for 20 months was last modified: November 15th, 2016 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:courtdangerous drivingdonegalGarda Marcus O’DowdGardaiJUDGEShane Gibsonlast_img read more