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first_imgMUNICH (AP):Track and field’s governing body was corrupted from the inside by a “powerful rogue group” led by its president, and they conspired to extort athletes and allow doping Russians to continue competing, a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) probe reported yesterday.Other IAAF leaders were at fault, too, the WADA panel’s damning report said. They must have known of the nepotism that allowed Lamine Diack to turn the International Association of Athletics Federations into a personal fiefdom during his 16-year reign as president, it said.”It is increasingly clear that far more IAAF staff knew about the problems than has currently been acknowledged,” said the report, written by former WADA president Dick Pound and presented at a news conference in Munich.key questionA key question raised by the report is whether alleged corruption under Diack went beyond extorting doped athletes and infected other areas of IAAF business. WADA’s investigators called for a detailed follow-up probe of all world championships awarded by the ruling body for 2009-19, due to evidence they found of possible wrongdoing. That included an indication that Diack, a former IOC member, was prepared to sell his vote in the 2020 Olympic hosting contest won by Tokyo in exchange for sponsorship of IAAF events.The report made further uncomfortable reading for Sebastian Coe, the British middle-distance running great who took over from Diack in August. Coe was in the audience as Pound sifted through the grim findings and asserted that the IAAF remains an organisation in denial.”The corruption was embedded in the organisation. It cannot be ignored or dismissed as attributable to the odd renegade acting on its own,” the report said.Coe is not accused of corrupt wrongdoing. But, as an IAAF vice-president under Diack, he was part of its Council, its oversight body, that took a hammering from the investigators’ report. The Council “could not have been unaware of the extent of doping” and the breaking of anti-doping rules and “could not have been unaware of the level of nepotism” under Diack, it said.With a “close inner circle” including two of his sons, Papa Massata and Khalil, and his personal legal counsel, Habib Cisse, Diack led an “informal illegitimate” government that took over the handling of Russian doping cases, opening the door for athletes to then be blackmailed, the report said.Cisse, the lawyer, called the investigation “unfair”. Speaking to The Associated Press, he said the commission never questioned him or allowed him to contest any of its findings before publication.Lamine Diack was taken into custody by French authorities in November on corruption and money-laundering charges.A contrite Coe later thanked Pound for the hard-hitting findings.”The whole sorry saga is about cover-up,” Coe said. The WADA probe’s findings, he added, will help the IAAF with the “very complex, deeply painful process” of recovering.last_img read more


first_imgHugs, kisses, thank yous and congratulatory messages were the order of the day for the three Jamaican members of the championship winning West Indies Under-19 cricket team who returned to the country yesterday.Led by several members of the cricketing fraternity, including Jamaica’s West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president, Dave Cameron and Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) president, Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks were met at Norman Manley International Airport.”What you did, you showed all of us what is possible when we get together as a people,” stated a beaming Cameron, who led a series of tributes at a welcome ceremony held at the airport.”It is a message that if we get together and believe in what we are doing and assisting each other, then the sky is the limit.”The regional cricket boss, who expressed apologies for Minister of Sports Natalie Neita Headley, also used the occasion to give assurance that the entire team will in due course be “properly” rewarded.”We have given you some tokens, but we believe we need to find meaningful ways of rewarding you for what you have done,” he said.Organised by WICB sponsor, Digicel, the ceremony also had in attendance several family members of the players, as well as their school coaches, principals and well wishers.”To beat India in Bangladesh is a big thing,” said Heaven.”I want to say to you congratulations and all the best in your future endeavours in the field of cricket.”SELF-BELIEFHeaven, who was also accompanied by Jamaica Under-19 chairman of selectors, Wayne Lewis, JCA secretary Fritz Harris and chief executive officer, Courtney Francis, also commended the team of their self belief.”During your send-off for the World Cup, we, the JCA, said to you at a ceremony that we believed in you and I think that you took that statement seriously,” Heaven remarked.”You believed in yourself as it is only a strong belief in yourself that could have led you to that victory.”Elon Parkinson, head of public relations at Digicel, also weighed in, expressing that Frew, Smith and Crooks had made Jamaicans and West Indians proud.”Michael, Odean, Shahid, big up,” said Parkinson.”You have made your schools St Elizabeth Technical and Maggoty High, your clubs, the Westmoreland and St Elizabeth Cricket Associations and by extension Jamaica and the West Indies, extremely proud.The West Indies last week defeated India by five wickets in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which was held in Bangladesh.last_img read more


first_imgWestern BureauHead coach for the Lennon High School football team, Merron Gordon, is quietly building a legacy at the schoolHaving guided Lennon to the ISSA-FLOW Ben Francis knockout final for the first time in their history, Gordon has cemented his place in that institution’s sporting annals.Gordon, who first tasted success as the coach for Lennon’s female footballers back in 2005, says he remains humble and dedicated to bringing the best out of his players.Then fresh out of the G.C. Foster College, Gordon ended up at Lennon High School, where he took charge of the girls’ football programme, making them the most successful female high school team in the country at that time.He was then asked to take the reins of the daCosta Cup team soon after and, in between that, he featured with the national U-15s and Under-17s before taking a job coaching the national senior women’s team.”Those were good years in which I learned plenty from some real good and experienced coaches, and they have, to this day, been the significant reason I continue being as good as others say I am,” Gordon stated.He noted that coaches Christopher Dawes and Kevin Williams (formerly of Dinthill Technical) were the two who took a special interest in his development as a young coach.”I was part of a group understudying these two coaches for premier league certification and then, luckily, I was coaching the Reno FC Girls and (Wendell) Downswell was the technical director, and he also played a vital role in my development,” added Gordon.Gordon is enjoying the successes coming his way, albeit he never played competitive football at any level. Instead, it was cricket that held his attention as a young man attending Glenmuir High.In 2008, Lennon reached the semi-finals of the daCosta Cup with Gordon at the helm. They did even better in 2010, reaching the final for the first time in the school’s history, where they were defeated by Rusea’s.Last year, Gordon and his assistant, Sherlon Lennon, took the school to the semi-finals of the two premier rural-area schoolboy football competitions, the daCosta and Ben Francis Cups.-P.C.last_img read more


first_imgMore than 3,500 competitors will be in action at tomorrow’s 41st staging of the Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium.Action will get under way at 9 a.m. with the preliminary rounds of the high-school boys’ 4×400 metres. The finals of this event will close the meet at 9:20 p.m.With the annual ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships just over a month away, the spotlight at the prestigious relays will be on the high schools. This will once again be used as a measuring stick for the respective coaches going into that championships, and fierce competition is expected once again as teams seek the very important psychological advantages ahead of ‘Champs’.As usual, commemorative watches will be handed out to the winners of the championship events at the Gibson McCook Relays. The top three finishers in each final will also be awarded medals. There are13 championship events, eleven of these will be contested by high-school athletes and two by clubs and institutions.The high-school events are: 4x100m Under-19 boys and girls, 4x100m Under-17 boys and girls, 4x200m girls’ open, 4x200m boys Class One, 4x200m Class Two boys, 4x400m boys’ open, 4x400m girls’ open, 4x800m girls’ open and 4x800m boys’ open. The two championships events for clubs and institutions are the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m.There will also be incentives sponsored by Digicel. These include prizes for the top boys’ and girls’ teams and the best overall performance on the day.Several individual events, both in the field and on the track, will be contested. On the track, the events include the 100m for males and females and 400m for both sexes. In the field, the men will compete in pole vault, while both men and women will compete in high jump and long jump.The organising committee got things under way on Wednesday night with the staging of the Howard Aris Memorial Lecture inside the University of Technology auditorium, where chiropractor, and former Wolmer’s Boys’ athlete and Olympian Dr Neil Gardner spoke on burnout among athletes.last_img read more


first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ “This shows where we are right now, we’re far from Final Four contention. We lost a game against the defending champions who played without their MVP,” he added, referring to Ben Mbala, who is representing his country Cameroon in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket in Tunisia. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES La Salle’s Mbala leading Cameroon’s bid in Fiba Afrobasket A costly, catty dispute finally settled Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 FEU coach Nash Racela. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may have been a failed comeback for Far Eastern University, but Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela still saw positives out of their 95-90 loss to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.FEU faced a 37-14 deficit in the second quarter but the Tamaraws managed to make things interesting down the stretch, pulling to within five, 90-85, with a minute left.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “Of course, as a coach you’ll always look at the positive, the second half was the positive thing for us,” said Racela Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “And if we played that way from the start, the result could’ve been better for us.”FEU outscored La Salle, 36-22, in the fourth quarter but fortunately for the Green Archers, they built a lead big enough to withstand the Tamaraws’ late charge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRacela, despite remaining optimistic after their opening game loss, owned up to his team’s defeat.“Maybe I didn’t prepare them well enough, this is on me,” said Racela. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Winning start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Break new ground For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more


first_imgTolerance is a very important    word, and not word only, but concept.  With it, a lot of good can happen between and amongst people or groups within a nation.  Without it,   the exact opposite can occur, a lot of bad.   Because of the importance of this word, it has many meanings that help us to understand its full import (significance).  One is  broadmindedness.  Another is open-mindedness.  These            denote a willingness of a     person or group to accept another’s belief, way of life or disposition, whether we share it or not.  Of course, it is hoped that another’s belief or way of life depicts good, not evil.Forbearance—which means patience, self control, restraint, mercy—is another synonym of tolerance. So is love—the greatest of all virtues.  It is the greatest because that is God Himself, for Scripture tells us that God is love.  The Apostle Paul says  that among the three principal virtues—faith, hope and love, “the greatest of these is love.”Our country, Liberia, is truly  blessed.  Yes, it is a land with a plethora (abundance) of differences—ethnic, religious, cultural, etc.—and yes, we have been through a brutal,  totally unnecessary civil war.  It happened only because the leaders did not LISTEN to the cries for change.  Yet, we are  blessed because we love peace.  It was only a few manipulating the many that misled us into war. Early in his administration, President W.V.S. Tubman, realized how so many ethnic animosities had in the past ripped the country apart—inter-tribal wars and the divide between the settlers from America and elsewhere and the indigenous majority.  So from the onset he envisioned the Unification Policy and did not rest until he brought constitutional parity (equality, uniformity) between all the groups, in the creation of the four new counties—Bong, Lofa, Nimba and Grand Gedeh.  From then on, these four new counties, like the original five—Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Cape Mount and Maryland—became self-governing (Superintendents, etc.), and represented in the Legislature just as the others—two Senators each and population-dictated representation in the House.    This, mark you, was only a first step up the long ladder of political, economic and social equality, but it was a distinctive and highly significant beginning, that the people NEVER forgot.  Remember, they kept Tubman in power for 27 years! But Tubman did something more: He recognized Islam as the faith to which many Liberians adhere.  He also persuaded—even demanded—that Mandingoes, many of whom embrace Islam, should send their children, including the girls, TO REGULAR SCHOOL.  The Mandingoes were reluctant, but gradually became convinced that that indeed was the way forward.Tubman frequently visited the mosques for worship.  He also,  following Secretary of State Gabriel Lafayette Dennis’ death in 1954, appointed the Mandingoes’ son Momolu Dukuly Secretary of State. So Liberia’s Christians and Muslims have for a very long time lived in peace, harmony and cooperation. When in 1958 Sekou Toure took Guinea out of the French Federation, President Charles De Gaulle stripped Guinea, the former French colony, of everything.  President Tubman came to Guinea’s rescue and sent them rice, other foodstuffs and money, in emergency relief.That brought Guineans and Liberians closer together—and we have been ever since.Remember, too, that in 1958 a Liberian delegation, of which Ambassador Lafayette Diggs is the last surviving member, was in France negotiating a border dispute with the French government.  After Guinea became independent that  October, Liberia withdrew the delegation and terminated the negotiations on the grounds that the territory in dispute had now become “African territory,” a part of the new Republic of Guinea. What are we trying to say?These are the foundations of  the religious harmony that exists among Christians and Moslems in Liberia, and we should allow NOTHING to disturb it.  The religious trouble taking place in Kenya,  Central African Republic (CAR), Mali, Nigeria and elsewhere is alien to Liberia.  But as we saw at the Paynesville Red Light in 2004 and in Voinjama later, religious conflict can quickly spark and spread.  So we all should be very careful and do everything to avoid this.All of us, Christians and Muslims alike, should resist any attempt by any foreign group to change us from this course.  Liberia, emerging from   a terrible war, is trying to recover over a half century of gains we lost.  Let us maintain our unity and rally to the cause, FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgWith the aim of promoting the talents of young Guyanese artistes, the National Drama Company (NDC), in collaboration with the Department of Education – Unit of Allied Arts and various Private Sector entities, on Wednesday launched their annual school productions for this year.The National Drama Company will be presenting six days of spectacular stage performances titled “The Tempest”; a romantic comedy composed by the famous William Shakespeare at the National Cultural Centre. The upcoming events will feature professional artistes trained in the field of theater arts and drama.The organisation targets the promotion of quality theatrical performances in every aspect of theatre arts while entertaining their audience and engaging the general public. The plays are also part of the Drama Company’s mandate to deliver a vivid scenario to students who will be studying the various pieces of the English literature syllabus, for the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) examination.The production is slated for April 13-15 for evening shows while there will be several matinees shows from April 17-19 for students at $1000 and $500 for each show respectively.last_img read more


first_img =3. Manchester City – click the arrow to find out which team has the second toughest start – First three fixtures – West Brom: 13th, Chelsea: 1st, Everton: 11th. Average opponent position: 8.3 17. West Ham – click the yellow arrow to see which big team is next – First three fixtures – Arsenal: 3rd, Leicester: 14th, Bournemouth: 21st. Average opponent position: 12.7 Southampton have the easiest first three games – click the yellow arrow to find out which team has the toughest start – First three fixtures – Newcastle: 15th, Everton: 11th, Watford: 22nd. Average opponent position: 16. 20 20 =13. Aston Villa – click the arrow to see which team is next – First three fixtures – Bournemouth: 21st, Manchester United: 4th, Crystal Palace: 10th. Average opponent position: 11.7 20 20 20 20 =7. Watford – click the arrow to find out which team is next – First three fixtures – Everton: 11th, West Brom: 13th, Southampton: 7th. Average opponent position: 10.3 20 =10. Liverpool – click the arrow to see which team is next – First three fixtures – Stoke: 9th, Bournemouth: 21st, Arsenal: 3rd. Average opponent position: 11 =7. Everton – click the arrow to find out which title contender is next – First three fixtures – Watford: 22nd, Southampton: 7th, Manchester City: 2nd. Average opponent position: 10.3 16. Manchester United – click the yellow arrow to see which team is next – First three fixtures – Tottenham: 5th, Aston Villa: 17th, Newcastle: 15th. Average opponent position: 12.3 20 18. Crystal Palace – click the yellow arrow to see which team is next – First three fixtures – Norwich: 23rd, Arsenal: 3rd, Aston Villa: 17th. Average opponent position: 14.3 20 =13. Norwich – click the arrow to see which team is next – First three fixtures – Crystal Palace: 10th, Sunderland: 16th, Stoke City: 9th. Average opponent position: 11.7 20 20 20 =10. Leicester City – Click the arrow to see which team has the tenth toughest start – First three fixtures – Sunderland: 16th, West Ham: 12th, Tottenham: 5th. Average opponent position: 11 20 9. Swansea – click the arrow to find out which team is next – First three fixtures – Chelsea: 1st, Newcastle: 15th, Sunderland: 16th. Average opponent position: 10.7 20 =3. West Brom – click the arrow to find out which team has the joint third toughest start – First three fixtures – Manchester City: 2nd, Watford: 22nd, Chelsea: 1st. Average opponent position: 8.3 20 20 1. Newcastle United – First three fixtures – Southampton: 7th, Swansea: 8th, Manchester United: 4th. Average opponent position: 6.3 6. Arsenal – click the arrow to find out which team is next – First three fixtures – West Ham: 12th, Crystal Palace: 10th, Liverpool: 6th. Average opponent position: 9.3 =13. Bournemouth – click the arrow to see which team is next – First three fixtures – Aston Villa: 17th, Liverpool: 6th, West Ham: 12th. Average opponent position: 11.7 5. Tottenham – click the arrow to find out which team is next – First three fixtures – Manchester United: 4th, Stoke: 9th, Leicester: 14th. Average opponent position: 9 20 2. Chelsea – click the arrow to find out which team has the toughest start to the season – First three fixtures – Swansea: 8th, Manchester City: 2nd, West Brom: 13th. Average opponent position: 7.7 It’s almost here, the new Premier League season is just around the corner.With every team hoping to get off to a flying start, Sky Sports have taken a look to see who, on paper at least, has the toughest opening to the new campaign.By taking the first three fixtures of each Premier League team, alongside their final league position from the season before*, Sky Sports have worked out which team has the trickiest start, mathematically at least.Take a look to see who is in for a more comfortable start, and which teams have been delivered a fixture list nightmare.The new season kicks off on Saturday, with Chelsea v Swansea live on talkSPORT from 5pm on 8 August.*Bournemouth=21st, Watford= 22nd, Norwich= 23rd. 12. Stoke City – click the arrow to see which team is next – First three fixtures – Liverpool: 6th, Tottenham: 5th, Norwich: 23rd. Average opponent position: 11.3 19. Sunderland – click the yellow arrow to see which team is next – First three fixtures – Leicester: 14th, Norwich: 23rd, Swansea: 8th. Average opponent position: 15. 20 20 20last_img read more


first_imgWithout a competitive wage agreement, no partner will join Chrysler, and that could make Cerberus look for other options to get a return on its investment, such as selling off the company in pieces. “I don’t think the membership at Chrysler really quite understands the gravity of the situation,” Cole said. Chrysler, he said, is likely to cut models, so it can’t guarantee next-generation products for individual plants as GM did, he said. Workers know the risk – Cerberus could sell off the company – and they’re aware of global competition, said Chris Ryan, a worker at a transmission plant in Kokomo, Ind. But Ryan, a third-generation Chrysler worker, is reluctant to give up benefits, such as pensions, that his grandfather helped win with a long strike. “It is a very tense situation,” Ryan said. “Do you want to just go along willingly or do you want to put up some resistance?” The chief opponent of the contract is Bill Parker, the UAW’s national Chrysler negotiating chairman and president of Local 1700 at suburban Detroit’s Sterling Heights assembly plant. Top UAW leaders were to meet with Parker and officers of his local Monday afternoon in advance of the local’s vote Wednesday. Locals representing about 7,000 workers in Kokomo vote today, and locals in Sterling Heights and Warren, with about 9,000 members, vote Wednesday. A negative vote by Chrysler members wouldn’t damage UAW President Ron Gettelfinger’s credibility, said David Weil, an associate professor of economics at Boston University. “If you think about what they’re negotiating and what a major change this agreement really is … it’s not surprising that this thing has not sort of just sailed through,” Weil said. Melvin Thompson, president of a local in Warren, said he’s been lobbying in favor of the pact because it saves jobs at several operations and preserves communities. If Chrysler is more competitive, that would bring job security to workers, he said. “We know that our security lies in producing a high-quality product that customers love at a low production cost,” he said. “Simply promising you a product doesn’t promise anything.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.UAW workers haven’t rejected a national contract since Chrysler employees did in 1982, said Mike Smith, director of the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University. Opponents mainly object to a lower-tier wage scale for many new hires of around $14 per hour and new vehicle guarantees for factories that mainly run for the life of the contract but are less than what General Motors Corp. guaranteed workers in its contract settlement. If the contract is voted down, the UAW likely would return to the bargaining table to try to address members’ concerns, said Canadian Auto Workers President Buzz Hargrove. “If you’re a bargainer, then you’ll know if it’s been rejected you’ll have to go back and try to get a better deal in those areas,” Hargrove said. Chrysler sells most of its vehicles in North America and has little global presence. Its new owner, private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP, needs a partner to give it the global economy of scale that GM, its main competitor, already is using, Cole said. DETROIT – The tentative deal between the United Auto Workers and Chrysler LLC was hailed as a historic step forward for the company just a couple of weeks ago. Many rank-and-file members, however, have rejected that message. In early voting, six local unions representing more than 11,000 workers have turned down the pact, while four locals representing about 5,500 workers have said “yes.” It’s nearly impossible to keep a running total of the votes because local union officials give out only percentages and not the number of people who voted. Yet with large chunk of the 45,000 workers covered by the contract still voting, UAW leaders in Detroit have started a heavy lobbying campaign for passage. Several big locals in Indiana and Michigan are scheduled to vote today and Wednesday. “It’s going to be close. They’re going to work very hard here at the end to pull this together,” David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, said Monday. last_img read more


first_imgSAN FERNANDO – An Stevenson Ranch man is facing murder and attempted charges for allegedly of stabbing two people, and running over one of them with a vehicle during a parking lot confrontation. Michael Dean Stephens, 18, is accused of killing Joshua Pipho, 20, of Canyon Country, early Saturday at a condomimum complex parking lot near Steinbeck Avenue and Stevenson Ranch Parkway, authorities said. According to the criminal complaint, Stephens was involved in an altercation with Pipho and another man. Stephens then drove a car into Pipho, and got out and stabbed him multiple times before running him over with the car. Pipho died of his injuries. The other victim, Chad White, 20, was stabbed 17 times but survived, authorities said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Stephens surrendered Wednesday to sheriff’s deupties. Prosecutors are calling for bail to be set at more than $2 million. 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