May 12, 2020

Dr Paul Wright: Drug-free sport is attainable

first_img UKAD being investigated We now hear that this same group is being investigated by a former assistant police chief constable in Britain, Mr Andy Ward. This investigation became necessary as a British newspaper, the Sunday Times, published a report that alleges that a British doctor, Mark Bonar, had claimed that he provided numerous athletes, including Premier League footballers, England cricketers and Tour de France cyclists with banned substances such as EPO growth hormones and steroids. Amazingly, the report also indicates that UKAD was given information about the activities some two years ago by an athlete who was trying to reduce possible sanction after failing to submit to a drug test when called upon to do so. This whistle-blower even provided signed prescriptions for banned substances signed by the doctor, but alleges that UKAD refused to probe further, claiming that the accused physician was not associated with any organised sport. Yes, UKAD, the same organisation selected to lead the fight against doping in sports leading up to the Summer Olympics this year! Icons protected It appears that anti-doping organisations around the world have very little interest in finding and announcing positive drug test results for the so-called icons of sports. We now know that credentials and expertise in anti-doping could also mean very little when a nation’s credibility is at stake. Lord Coe lamented publicly his disappointment at the absence of Russia from the World Indoor Championships, as he simultaneously held out hope that Russia could still send athletes to the Rio Olympics. Kenya had dates for compliance with World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) directives repeatedly postponed seemingly in a desperate effort to have them compete in Rio. The announcement that Ethiopia, Morocco, Ukraine, and Belarus are all on a list of countries not fully compliant with WADA’s anti-doping code was quickly followed by assurances that these countries were not banned from competing in the Olympics. The obvious question is: ‘What on earth is going on?’ The call from British athlete, Paula Radcliffe, for drug testers to be allowed visa-free entry to countries where independent testing is scheduled (as the issuance of a visa will alert cheaters that the tester is coming) has not received any support from the authorities, including the new head of the medical and anti-doping commission of the IAAF, South African Harold Adams, who replaced Gabriel Dolle, who is now banned for bribing athletes to conceal positive results. The answer to clean sports will only be achieved when those previously present when corruption was rife are removed and the selection of their replacements be removed from government appointees. Drug-free sport is attainable. All that is needed is the will to make sports drug-free. Athletics remains the number one watched sport in the Olympics. This fact will be questioned as the fans of the sport watch the build-up to the Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil this year. Doping scandal after doping scandal has left some of the fans wondering ‘just who is clean’. The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has announced that the Swedish runner, Abeba Aregawi, has tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance meldonium and is provisionally banned from competition. Aregawi was the Ethiopia World indoor 1500-metre champion who switched allegiance to Sweden after the 2012 Olympics. Her ‘excuse’ for the positive test is that she was given tablets by a doctor in Ethiopia that she thought was vitamins! Thanks to whistle-blowers, we now know that doctors, coaches, drug testers and even those in charge of Anti-Doping Commissions have aided and abetted cheating in the sport of athletics. The present head of the IAAF, Lord Sebastian Coe, is facing mounting criticism as he tries to clean up a sport that now seems destined for life support as major sponsors withdraw their support. The United Kingdom Anti-Doping organisation (UKAD) was recently named as the body to oversee the anti-doping programme in Russia, and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) appointed UKAD as the secretariat for the task force that will coordinate the fight against doping in the build-up to this summer’s Olympics.last_img read more

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Calls for increase funding for home care services

first_imgAn Irish charity has called on the government to increase funding and improvements in the provision of home care services across Ireland.ALONE, the charity which supports older people to age at home, is advocating for funding for this vital service to be linked to demand to ensure that any older person in need of home care can access the support they need.The charity believes that the current state of home care provision is contributing to increased vulnerability and challenges for older people, their families and home care workers. Seán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said: “The CHO waiting lists for the end of September 2018 indicated that 6,423 people were waiting for home support funding, and it is likely that many more people were not recorded. We are urging the government to take levels of demand into consideration in Budget 2020.While it is not news to us that new packages are not being made available at the moment, the government, along with the public, must understand that these issues are hugely affecting older people on an individual level.“Currently even those people who are receiving home care are experiencing gaps in service provision as currently the service only covers personal and medical care.“Reports from our staff and volunteers indicate that the provision of additional home care packages can support quicker discharge from hospital and reduce the pressure on A&E departments. “Recently we worked with a woman who remained in the hospital for three weeks longer than necessary because of the difficulty of getting home care in place.”Moynihan also emphasised the need for the government to consider the ways home care provision is of benefit to the health system.“This vital service is strategically important to enable people to live at home, and without sufficient funding for it, the aims of Sláintecare will not be achieved,” he said.“In our work with other agencies and government departments, we have been told that the funding for home care isn’t there due to a lack of evidence supporting the cost-benefit of home care,” Moynihan added.“The benefit of home care to the health system is not to save money in hospitals, but to ease the pressure on overstretched A&E departments by enabling speedier discharge and keeping people well at home for longer. “Without funding for community care, we will increase dependency on hospitals and nursing homes, where staff and resources are already under huge pressure.”He concluded: “We were concerned by reports made last week suggesting a reduction in home care packages made available to older people in need. Under Sláinte care, a statutory home care scheme is due to be introduced by 2021.“While we are hopeful that the statutory scheme will resolve some of the issues with home care provision, we are still several years away from its implementation and we need to work to improve services for people who are in need of home care today – not in two years’ time,” he added.“We urgently need to improve our system to ensure that those who need home care support receive the hours they require, not just the hours that there is a budget for.” Calls for increase funding for home care services was last modified: June 23rd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

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A’s Matt Chapman, Matt Olson win AL Gold Glove awards

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.OAKLAND — The two young A’s infielders considered cornerstones of the franchise also happen to play at the corners, and both will now add a nice piece of hardware to their mantle.Third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson, both coming off their first full big league seasons, were named winners of the AL Gold Glove at their positions Sunday night. The infield duo marked just the third time the A’s have had …last_img read more

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As Dodgers make their presence felt, Giants circle back on Madison Bumgarner

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The moment that news of Gerrit Cole’s record-setting, nine-year, $324 million contract arrived at the Winter Meetings, jaws hit the floor in the lobby of the Manchester Grand Hyatt.The words “Madison Bumgarner” and “Los Angeles Dodgers” kept them there for quite some time.Immediately after Cole and the New York Yankees agreed to the biggest contract any pitcher has ever signed, word trickled out the Dodgers would be shifting their focus from the former Houston Astros ace to the …last_img read more

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Punjab farmers defy ban on stubble burning

first_imgAs the issue of stubble burning continues to plague the region, farmers in Punjab have expressed reluctance to shun the practice unless they are provided financial incentive. Prepared to take the State machinery head on, the farmers have formed groups in villages to confront government officials from taking any legal action against them for burning residue of paddy crop.“We are prepared to take them [officials] on if they visit our village or our farms to penalise us for burning the residue. We don’t have any other option,” farmer leader Avtar Singh Korjiwala of Bhartiya Kisan Union Ekta (Dhakonda) told The Hindu.“We have formed groups of 12-15 farmers and whenever any of us has to burn the residue we all get together at that field to ensure that no government official enters the farm to stop us,” he said.Admitting that there have been cases of farmers confronting teams of government officials during stubble burning, senior PPCB official G.S. Gill told The Hindu that so far Punjab has recorded as many as 295 cases of stubble-burning in the ongoing harvesting season.₹8 lakh fine collected“We have acted against erring farmers is many cases and imposed penalty, collecting a fine of ₹8.42 lakh till now,” he said on Monday.Satnam Singh, president of the Bharatiya Kisan Manch of Behru village in Patiala, has asked the government to refrain from taking stringent action against the farmers. “If paddy residue has to be disposed of through machines it means an additional financial burden of at least ₹5,000 per acre. How will a farmer, who is reeling under debt, bear the cost ,” he asked.Meanwhile, the Punjab government on Monday said it would bring in a comprehensive agricultural policy in the next session of the State Assembly. The announcement was made during a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh with various farmer unions in Chandigarh.last_img read more

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Djokovic advances to 3rd round at Wimbledon

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NCAA Season 93 Preview: Altas move on from Akhuetie’s departure Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ It was the second match for Djokovic with Andre Agassi and Mario Ancic as his coaches — both of whom were in the coaches’ box at No. 1 Court.Pavlasek, a 22-year-old Czech making his first appearance at the All England Club, grew up idolizing Djokovic. Ranked No. 136, he turned pro in 2012 and was making his third appearance in a Grand Slam.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Serbia’s Novak Djokovic plays against Czech Republic’s Adam Pavlasek during their Men’s Singles Match on day four at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Thursday, July 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON – Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round at Wimbledon for the ninth consecutive year, beating Adam Pavlasek 6-2, 6-2, 6-1.The match was longer than Djokovic’s first-round victory against Martin Klizan, who retired early in the second set.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

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