March 13, 2020

IAAF says it spends more than UCI in anti-doping fight

first_imgMONACO (AP):The International Association of Athletics Federations says it spends more money than cycling’s governing body, Union Cycliste International (UCI) in the fight against doping.A day after two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome recommended that athletics invest more to fight doping, the IAAF said it spent more than $2 million on its 2014 anti-doping programme while cycling’s governing body “spent approximately 1.1 million” Swiss francs (US$1.1 million) in 2013.Citing World Anti-Doping Agency figures, the IAAF said it performed more than 25,000 tests in 2014, compared to cycling’s 23,000.Earlier this month, two anti-doping scientists who reviewed data obtained by media outlets suggested blood doping was widespread in track and field. They compared the IAAF’s current doping problems with those faced by professional cycling 20 years ago when the use of the blood-booster EPO was common practise.last_img read more

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‘Team Bility’ Poised to Wow Global Stakeholders

first_imgAn inside source of ‘Team Bility’ for FIFA Presidency has disclosed that their man is poised to increase his chances in passing the integrity test by winning the hearts and minds of world football stakeholders in Paris. The second league forum slated for December 1st in Paris; followed the London Forum held in April 2015.Bility has accepted the invite to the League Second Forum, a joint initiative of the English Premier League, the German BUNDESLEGA, the Spanish La Liga and the French Ligue De Football Profesionel.In a letter dated November 6, and bearing the seal and signature of the four European league chieftains, stated that more than twenty leagues around the world will be in attendance to discuss issues of concern to football and the future of the game in the face of the disturbing state of affairs, saddling FIFA leadership.The League Forum has expressed concern about the outcome of the FIFA elections in the interest of improved governance and transparency systems and processes to overhaul the rot. The Second League Football forum stakeholders have indicated their interest in influencing the debate, leading to the election of the next FIFA President.It is in this regard that the endorsed candidature of Mr. Musa Bility must lend itself to scrutiny and proffering a sound reform platform to save international football.The letter of invite read in part: “We would be honored if you would accept our invitation and present to our audience of leagues your views on the future of football, on the future of FIFA, on its governance, and on the role of the Leagues in the international landscape. This would be a unique opportunity for all the leagues gathered in Paris and for you to exchange on the present challenges that football is facing and the role of professional football in this environment.”Similar invite letter has been sent to other candidates and the stakeholders have been very upfront about the neutrality in not taking sides until an impression is made based on the quality of the message of candidates’ couple with their comparative advantage in track record.Team Bility consider the courtesy accorded by the Paris forum as a strategic platform to unveil their campaign mantra as an extension of uncompromising posturing displayed over the years at the level of CAF and FIFA.Musa Bility has provided a foretaste of his speech when he said: “We are going to remind the global football forum that we are harbingers of positive change-that is long before any of our colleagues aspire to it; we were victimized because we refused to be pliant and taciturn in the face of reactionary gimmicks that have brought us the ignominy and scandal; but we know all is not lost; we can work with progressive forces to effect the radical change that will sustainability develop and restore the eroded integrity of football locally and internationally.In enhancing the fortunes of the world most popular sport, the Second League forum sees the nexus between developing local and international football. This is a fact in alignment with the expressed vision of Bility when he addressed Liberian media after receiving his nomination confirmation last month.Without pre-empting the fine details of his presentation in Paris, Bility promised to divulge radical and feasible reform agenda to impress even his contenders. Bility is also due to respond to an invite of Nordic Football Associations in Copenhagen on November 23. The Nordic block, like the Second League forum, is also eager to hear Bility’s revolutionary message in transforming the world football governing body.By all stretch of the imagination Bility has dazzled skeptics. Grapevine say ‘Team Bility’ can up its chances of garnering votes from this tours, should he put his acts together in displaying a remarkable feat of competence- befitting the office of FIFA President.Locally, as leader of the Liberia Football Association, Bility has earned a bag of laurels for bailing out an ailing football league from the doldrums to a viable engagement that has awakened national fervor. The upward thrust of the national team is a testament to his astute managerial skill and commitment to developing football.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Aurora Secondary School teachers, students in unhygienic environment

first_imgTeachers and students of the Aurora Secondary School in Region Two are forced to use broken washrooms that pose a major threat to their lives.According to information reaching Guyana Times, students and teachers have to operate in an unhygienic environment due to a major spillage of the school’s septicSewage in the drains of the schooltanks.Information revealed that several reports were made to the Department of Education but, to date, nothing has been done to rectify the situation. Information received revealed that the teachers’ toilet septic tanks were dug out from underground, since it was filled. It is now exposed, and although the washrooms are inoperable, teachers are still forced to use them, since they have no other alternative.“The septic tanks are exposed, the waste and toilet paper (is) running in the drains. It’s unbearable! Whenever a teacher uses the toilet and flushes it, everything goes in the drain,” a staff member related to this publication.In addition to that, a pipe in the children’s toilet is broken and has caused a built up of waste. Classes that were accommodated in the western wing of the school had to be relocated elsewhere due to the high stench emanating from the toilet facilities. Teachers and students are concerned about their health, since the entire school is said to be infected with bacteria. An appeal is therefore being made to the Department of Education to remedy the situation before an outbreak of some disease starts.last_img read more

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MLB notes: Sosa steers clear of steroid talk

first_img“I don’t want to talk about whatever happened in Congress. This is not my problem. I’ve got to make the team.” Two years after being among several players who testified before Congress looking into steroid use in professional baseball, the 38-year-old is trying to make a comeback with a minor- league contract. Sosa insisted he isn’t worried about the perceptions others might have of him. “I just got here. Let me do my deal first and then I’ll worry about the rest,” he said. “I’ve got to take care of business. … I’m going to go out there and do what (the Rangers) want me to do, show them what I’ve been doing. I’m in shape. Look, I don’t have no belly.” Brazilian import: Jo Matumoto, a 36-year-old left-handed screwball specialist who pitched for Brazil’s national team, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and was invited to spring training. Matumoto, who is of Japanese background, is represented by Randy and Alan Hendricks. KO’d: Baltimore Orioles reliever Jamie Walker sustained a mild concussion when he was hit in the back of the head by a line drive off the bat of teammate Nick Markakis during batting practice. Sammy Sosa isn’t interested in answering the lingering questions about steroids. After a year out of baseball, the slugger has more pressing issues with the Texas Rangers. “I don’t have to convince nobody,” Sosa said Friday after arriving in Surprise, Ariz. “I know who I am. I have been good to this game, I will continue to be great to this game, I will continue to perform. … center_img 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

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Chris Coleman confirms star will start Wales’ Euro 2016 campaign on bench

first_imgJoe Ledley is set to begin Euro 2016 on the bench after Wales manager Chris Coleman admitted it would be “reckless” to start against Slovakia with three players who have been injured.Ledley, Joe Allen and Hal Robson-Kanu have eased Wales’ injury problems by returning to training ahead of Saturday’s Group B opener in Bordeaux.The recovery of midfielder Ledley is remarkable considering he broke his left leg on May 7 playing for Crystal Palace.But Coleman will resist the temptation to name all three first-team regulars, with Liverpool midfielder Allen the most likely to start.Robson-Kanu must continue to step up his fitness over the next few days to feature, while Ledley is set to be named among the substitutes.“We can’t start with all three, it would be reckless really,” said Coleman.“They have done really well, but we don’t have to do that.“Joe Ledley has done so well to get back to where he is, but I think it is fair to say you can’t really see him playing 90 (minutes).“But can he play a part? Yes. He is integrated with the rest of the team and done what the rest have done in training.”Robson-Kanu suffered an ankle injury during Wales’ pre-Euros training camp in Portugal two weeks ago and his fitness has been a concern to Coleman and his management staff.Allen was a late substitute in Liverpool’s Europa League final defeat to Sevilla on May 18, but has since been troubled by a knee problem.But Allen is set to hand Wales a huge boost by being declared fit to play against Slovakia.“Between now and the end of the season Joe has had more football, albeit on the training pitch,” said Coleman.“He played a small part in the final. You would have to say Joe is further down the line in terms of being ready to start a game.“And he is integral to how we want to play. He plays in that pivot role for us.”The Wales squad arrived at their Brittany base late on Sunday night following the 3-0 friendly defeat to Sweden.Dinard is a sleepy coastal resort near the port of St Malo and Coleman has allowed his players to stroll into town after training.“I don’t want them locked up,” said Coleman.“I know what our group are like and locking them up is not for them, they are not used to it.“For teams who have been in tournament football every time, it’s different for them.“But if our guys want to go out and have a walk, have a coffee to escape the hotel environment, we haven’t got a problem with that.“It’s not like a lockdown every day. It’s not like a prison camp.”But Coleman did stress that the whereabouts of the players are known at all times.“If a player leaves the hotel, we need to tell UEFA doping where they are within one hour,” said Coleman.“So you need to know where they are at all times. It’s just the way it is.” Joe Ledley has enjoyed a miraculous recovery from injury 1last_img read more

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Rangers’ gamble to hire Pedro Caixinha has backfired, says ex-Scotland manager

first_imgFormer Scotland manager George Burley reckons Rangers’ gamble in appointing Pedro Caixinha has backfired.Burley believes the Portuguese coach was the wrong man at the wrong time for the Light Blues.And the former Hearts manager claims Tuesday’s humiliating exit at the hands of Progres Niederkorn proves his point.Gers chiefs plucked the unknown 46-year-old from his job with Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa in March and charged him with picking up the pieces after Mark Warburton’s exit.But Burley believes they should have put their faith in someone who had a better grasp on the Scottish game.He said: “It’s been a disappointing week for Scottish sides in Europe but the one that sticks out is the Rangers defeat to the team from Luxembourg, especially with them being part-timers.“Rangers should have been looking to build on what they had managed over the last few years, getting back into the Premiership and stabilising.“But they seem to have gone a step back now.“Their old manager has left, they have brought in a foreign manager and eight or nine new players. But that’s not going to be a success overnight.“For me it is a big gamble they have taken. The way they have done it wouldn’t have been my choice if I was looking to make a club stronger.“I’d be looking to get somebody who knows the club, British football and the players’ mentality. Someone who knows about the youngsters coming through so that they can build on a platform.“But Rangers have taken a different approach – bringing in a foreign manager with foreign players – and I can’t really see it taking them a step forward.“Giving him the job is a big gamble and I don’t think they needed to take such a gamble. They could have got a safe pair of hands, someone who knew the club. Derek McInnes or Alex McLeish for example.“They needed someone to stabilise things as everything was moving in the right direction. But with this appointment now everything is up in the air again.”But Burley has sympathy for Caixinha, admitting the size of the task facing him would be too much for even the world’s best coaches. “To be fair to Pedro, I think you could bring Jose Mourinho into Rangers and ask him to get instant success – but it still wouldn’t happen,” he said.“What’s required is a big change. A change in mentality, knowing which players to keep and which to let go.“I don’t think you can just blame Pedro, because he’s just started. It’s too early.“But he’s been asked to do a job overnight which is just not possible because he doesn’t know the league, he doesn’t know the mentality of the local players.“He doesn’t know the young players he needs to push on, which he will need to do, because Rangers don’t have pots of money for top-class players. They need to build.”Gers’ early exit was quickly followed by St Johnstone, who also tumbled out after losing 3-1 on aggregate to Lithuanians FK Trakai.Some pundits have suggested the only remaining solution to Scottish club’s continued failure on the continent is to embrace a summer season.But Burley reckons the fix has to go much deeper than re-jigging the calendar.He said: “The fundamental thing that needs to improve is bringing young players through. We don’t have the top quality players we used to have.“There are a lot of ingredients needed to fix that but we need to get more youngsters playing more football.“With the way our environment is, we don’t play in the parks so much these days or at school, so that’s something we need to replicate.” Pedro Caixinha 1last_img read more

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first_imgNaomh MhuireThe Seniors and Reserves played host to Glenfin on Monday last. The Seniors were level at half time but Glenfin proved a little too strong in the second half to run out winners. The Reserves also struggled to convert their possession and Glenfin won by nine in the end. This weekend sees both teams travel to Falcarragh to take on Cloughaneely on Sunday.The under 16 boys played Dungloe on Monday night and put in a good effort. This team is improving as the season progresses. The minors are out in the league this Friday evening. The ladies had their first game of the season against Kilcar with final score – Kilcar 5-07 Naomh Mhuire 2-03. With one of the youngest teams every to play Junior ladies for the club on Friday evening in Kilcar, we may lost this match but the girls put up a display on any other day would have won the game. Maith sibh our club has a bright future with the talented players we have coming through. Thanks to the supporters who travelled up to cheer the girls on. Training is on Tuesday and Thursday at 8.30 in the Banks.Congratulations to Naomh Mhuire Club player and Kincasslagh man Ciaran Doherty on winning the World Master’s 3000 metres in Finland.Lotto details for week 4th April. Jackpot 1460 euro. No jackpot winner. There was three match 3 winners: Johhny den – Rann Na Feirste, Aodh Beag – Rann Na Feirste agus Jimmy Doherty – Knoc-a-stolair. Numbers were 11-12-14-16.As this was the last draw for this 12 month cycle of for the 100 Club, we will be commencing a new run starting at the end of April, as always we are looking for new members. Can the 100 Club sellers check how many of their members are going into the new draw for our next cycle and let the finance committee know ASAP. This is a vital fundraiser in the running of the club for the year, so we are making a special appeal to members to join and help push the club forward. Check out our club website GAA NOTES: NAOMH MHUIRE was last modified: April 10th, 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:NAOMH MHUIRE GAA NOTESlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 7, 12, 18 and 20. There were two winners of match 3, Peter McGinley and Bayden Smith. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €4,700 and Match 3 is €60. The team selling Killotto this week is Niall Erskine, Shane Boyle, Ryan McNelis, Gerry & Bryan McCabe. Next week sellers are Gary Conaghan, Marty McGing, Martin Slua, and Dermot Slua. You can now do the Killotto online. Visit and go to the Killybegs page.There was no winner of the Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went to Margaret Cunningham, Fintra, Killybegs. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,800 on 47 calls. The ladies play Dungloe in the county quarter finals this Sunday at 12 o clock. The venue to be announced.   GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: August 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

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first_imgA Charity 5k run and 40k cycle is being held this Saturday in Maghery, with all proceeds raised going towards a Nursery School and Orphanage in Tanzania, East Africa. Registration for both events take place at Maghery Community Centre from 5pm, with both events scheduled to start at around 6pm.The entry fee is just €5 and refreshments will be served afterwards in the community centre. Local woman Maria Doherty, from Dungloe, is going out to teach in Tanzania during the summer, and organisers of the event are hoping for a large crowd to come out and support Maria, before she heads off to East Africa for the summer.With all proceeds raised going to such a worthwhile cause, it’s hoped by all involved in the event, that a large crowd comes out in support of the event.CHARITY 5K RUN & 40K CYCLE THIS SATURDAY IN MAGHERY was last modified: May 23rd, 2014 by John2Share 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:40K5k runcycleMAGHERYnewsSportlast_img read more

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first_imgFour festivals in County Donegal are receiving over €173,000 in Arts Council funding over the summer.The funding is part of the Arts Council’s provision of €2.1m in support to over 40 festivals scheduled to take place all over Ireland this summer and early autumn.The four festivals taking place in Donegal which have benefitted are: 28th July – 3rd August Earagail Arts Festival €165,0001st – 4th August Ballyshannon Folk Tradditional Music Festival €3,50030th August – 1st September Ceol na gCruach €2,250September – October Da Capo Concert Series €2,250 The funding was made available to these festivals under yearly grants, with a number also receiving funding through the Arts Council’s festivals and events scheme.The Arts Council grants allow these festivals to take place while ensuring that the arts are promoted in local communities all over Ireland. In addition to these festivals, the Arts Council also supports a wider range of small festivals across the country.Many of the festivals have now become key dates on the summer cultural calendar and provide an important economic stimulus for the location they take place in.Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council, said:“The Arts Council is delighted to be able to fund these very important upcoming festivals. Many of these festivals have become household names and this is down to the great work that is being done on the ground and in organisations around the country.” “In addition, these festivals provide an important economic stimulus for the regions where they are held. Each year, thousands of tourists travel not just from across Ireland, but from across the world, to sample the atmosphere and to take part in the excitement that these events generate. Despite the vagaries of our summer weather, these festivals give a lift to cities and towns and create many memorable moments for visitors and locals alike.”“The support that the Arts Council pledges to these festivals is substantial. In many cases, it is likely that without this funding these events might not take place. The Arts Council is committed to supporting festivals throughout Ireland not only because they play such a vital role in the local economy, particularly when it comes to job creation and driving economic activity for both local businesses and local tourism but also because they provide wonderful arts experiences for those who attend.”“Despite funding for the arts being cut by 30% in the last five years, the Arts Council remains dedicated to maintaining support for the arts and ensuring that events around the country are available for people across Ireland in the months and years ahead.”ENDS/ €175K GRANTED FOR DONEGAL FESTIVALS was last modified: August 1st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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