FIFA promises ‘appropriate steps’ over alleged Russian doping cover-up

first_imgFOOTBALL’S world ruling body FIFA has promised “appropriate steps” after a report on Monday said a dozen positive doping cases in Russian football were among hundreds covered up by Moscow.However, FIFA did not comment directly on allegations in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) report that Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who sits on its supervisory FIFA Council, had ordered the cover-up in the cases of the footballers.The independent WADA report, which followed an investigation led by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, concentrated on allegations of systematic doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.It said that Moscow had concealed hundreds of positive doping cases from a variety of sports, including football, in the run-up to the games.“FIFA will request from WADA all details concerning the individual cases of doping in Russian football that are referenced in the McClaren report,” FIFA said in a statement to Reuters.“Once FIFA receives this information from WADA, it will take the appropriate next steps.”The report said that Russian Deputy Sports Minister Yuri Nagornykh had decided which athletes would benefit from a cover-up, known as a SAVE order, although Mutko appeared to make the decision with regard to footballers.“The chief investigator is aware of at least one foreign footballer playing in the Russian League who had that benefit of a SAVE order,” it said.“That SAVE decision was made by Minister Mutko and not Deputy Minister Nagornykh.”Eleven Russian footballers also benefited from a cover-up after failing a doping test, the report said.“Email evidence available… shows that the SAVE decision for the football players was the final decision of ‘VL’. VL is the first name and patronymic name initials of the Minister of Sport, Vitaly Leontiyevich Mutko.”Mutko, president of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup which will be hosted by Russia, has not commented since the release of the McLaren report.However, when the same allegations were made in June by German broadcaster ARD/WDR, he described them as “silly” and said that he and Russia were being smeared as payback for winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup.Asked bout Mutko’s situation, FIFA said “the Ethics Committee is an independent body of FIFA and only it can decide what actions to take in respect to this issue.”last_img read more

Verdasco downs Dimitrov in straight sets

first_imgGrigor Dimitrov’s French Open hopes bit the dust as the fourth seed was outplayed by Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco in the third round on Friday, the Bulgarian losing 7-6(4) 6-2 6-4.Dimitrov was pushed to five sets by American Jared Donaldson in the previous round and once he failed to convert four set points in the 12th game of the opener against Verdasco and lost the ensuing tiebreak, he looked flat.The aggressive left-handed Spaniard broke twice in the second set and although he allowed Dimitrov back from 4-2 in the third, he broke again to claim his third career win against the 27-year-old.Verdasco has now reached the last 16 in Paris for the seventh time and will hope to finally break through that barrier having fallen at that stage on six occasions.In other early action on Friday, American 13th seed Madison Keys overcame a second-set wobble to beat Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-1 7-6(7) and reach the last 16 for the second time.A match between two of the biggest hitters on the WTA Tour failed to really catch fire on a cool and half-empty Suzanne Lenglen Court with Keys helped on her way to the first set by a succession of wild errors from Osaka.Keys broke for a 3-1 lead in the second set and looked to be closing in on a straightforward victory when 21st seed Osaka suddenly found her range and levelled the set.Osaka’s mini-revival looked to have fizzled out when she dropped serve with a double-fault at 4-4.Keys squandered a match point in the next game, however, and the 23-year-old US Open runner-up looked increasingly tight as the set moved into a tiebreaker.Osaka led 4-1 but Keys dragged it back to 4-4 with a searing backhand pass but faced a set point at 5-6 and needed some superb defence to fend off the fired-up Japanese.Keys saved another set point at 6-7, this time with a booming first serve. She then wrong-footed Osaka to bring up a second match point and was relieved as her opponent coughed up another double-fault to end the contest.She will face either fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu next.Keys is one of three Americans to reach the third round with Sloane Stephens, who beat her in the Flushing Meadows final last year, and three-time champion Serena Williams also in the hunt.last_img read more

Xamiera Kippins cops gold at Miss Earth Pageant costume segment

first_imgXamiera Kippins, Guyana’s representative to the Miss Earth Pageant that is currently ongoing in the Philippines has copped the gold medal for her National Costume during the competition on Wednesday evening.The competition was done by continent and Guyana topped for South America. Coming in with the Bronze medal was Miss Peru and Silver is Ecuador.Kippins’ costume depicted Guyanese Folklore, “Ole Higue”. The “Ole Higue” is a shape-shifting creature of folklore that appears in the form of a solitary old woman by day. During the night however, she strips herself of her wrinkled skin and puts it in a mortar.This causes her to reveal her true form, a ball of fire. As a fireball, she can fly across the dark sky in search of unsuspecting victims. “Ole Higues” can enter the homes of her victims through the use of any size of hole with direct access to the interior of the house.Miss Earth Guyana’s costume was designed by Randy Madray.last_img read more

Ecological study needed

first_imgDear Editor,Before Crab Island is offered up for industrial usage, it is imperative that an in-depth ecological study is done to better understand the impact on the environment. The creation of a catalogue of rare and endangered species on the Island will provide clarity into whether the Island should be allowed to be industrialised at all. We must remain conscious of our ‘green strategy’ and the message it sends to potential tourists. Thus keeping the environment at the forefront of our decisions continues to be important and should not be forsaken for riches in the oil industry.A clear outline of what prerequisites are required to obtain permission from the Government such as a review of the by-products that will be produced as waste materials and a thorough review of the hazardous material content of the products being used should be done. How those waste materials are to be disposed of without negatively impacting the environment is also crucial to outline especially given the poor track record of spills we have seen thus far due to the blatant disregard of the long-term impact on our environment by foreign companies.This is our land and we will always have to deal with the consequences of any further environmental damage during our expansion of the economy. The Ministries must be equipped with the training and tools that will strengthen their ability to manage and control industrial investors and how they treat our homeland. It is good to see that we are gaining foreign investor interest, but we must overcome this excitement and remain prudent and logical in our long-term decision-making. Remember investors come in all sorts, both good and bad. Let’s seek out only the good ones and ensure they can meet the high standards we must set to protect our country’s longevity and prosperity.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

CHP motorcycle officer injured

first_imgThe wreck shut down the car pool and No. 1 lanes, causing a Sig alert that lasted until 10:45 a.m. NORTH HILLS – A CHP officer crashed his motorcycle Saturday morning on the 405 Freeway, snarling traffic for hours, the California Highway Patrol reported. The unidentified officer was heading north on the San Diego Freeway when he wrecked his bike at 9:10 a.m. near Nordhoff Street, CHP Officer John Seumanutafa said. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated for unknown injuries, he said. Officers were investigating the cause of the crash, Seumanutafa said. The wreck shut down the car pool and No. 1 lanes, causing a Sig alert that lasted until 10:45 a.m. NORTH HILLS – A CHP motorcycle officer was injured this morning when he was hit by a car on the 405 Freeway, Los Angeles fire officials said. The wreck snarled traffic for hours. The unidentified officer suffered minor injuries after he was struck at 9:10 a.m. on the San Diego Freeway near Nordhoff Street, Los Angeles fire spokeswoman d’Lisa Davies said. She said the officer had been zig-zagging across lanes to slow traffic when a motorist apparently didn’t see him and hit his motorcycle. He was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, where he was listed in stable condition. “He was mostly complaining of leg, hip and shoulder pain, and possibly his clavicle,” Davies said. California Highway Patrol Officer John Seumanutafa said the cause of the crash was under investigation. – Daily News160Want 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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Dario Gradi says he ‘knew nothing’ of Barry Bennell’s crimes when at Crewe

first_imgCrewe director of football Dario Gradi has released a statement saying he knew nothing about Barry Bennell’s abuse of young footballers until the junior scout was arrested in 1994.Bennell worked with Crewe, Manchester City, Stoke and several junior clubs in the area prior to his conviction for raping a British boy at a football camp in Florida 22 years ago.Three former footballers – Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and David White – have all come forward to report they were sexually abused by Bennell during their time in junior football, while a fourth player, ex-Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Paul Stewart, says he was abused as a boy by a different coach.Gradi, whose first spell as manager of Crewe ran from 1983 to 2007, said in a statement: “I would like to express sympathy to the victims of Barry Bennell not only at Crewe Alexandra, but at other clubs in the north west.“The first I knew of Barry Bennell’s crimes was when he was arrested in the United States in 1994. I knew nothing of his crimes before this time when he was employed by us. No one at the football club knew of Bennell’s crimes until his arrest in 1994 and his subsequent prosecution in the United Kingdom.“The football club also co-operated fully with the authorities in 2003.“The club are in the process of a review and I won’t be making any further comment until this is finalised.”After the conviction in the US, Bennell was found guilty at Chester Crown Court in 1998 of 23 offences against six boys, aged from nine to 15, and was sentenced to nine years in jail.The court heard that one of the assaults took place in Gradi’s house, though the court was also told there was no suggestion Gradi knew anything about it.Bennell was given a further sentence in 2015 when he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing another boy at a camp in Macclesfield in 1980.Woodward waived his anonymity from the Chester trial to tell the Guardian about his abuse by Bennell in the 1980s while he was at Crewe.Woodward’s harrowing account prompted another former Crewe player, Walters, to tell The Guardian about his alleged abuse by Bennell on Tuesday, before Stewart told the Daily Mirror about his treatment by a different youth coach in the 1970s.White also alleges it was Bennell who abused him as a youngster.”In light of recent press stories, I wish to confirm that I was sexually abused by my former football coach, Barry Bennell, in the late 1970s and early 1980s,” said White in a written statement.”This abuse took place while I was attached to Whitehill FC, a junior team based in Manchester.”Football sex abuse claims: ‘There is a lot more to come, it could blow the game apart’, claims Danny Murphy 1 Dario Gradi last_img read more

Residents sue for use of route

first_imgSome residents have sued Rancho Agua Dulce LLC, the owner of the Soledad Canyon property, arguing that they should be allowed to use the same route they had used for years. “I have a couple of horses, a couple of dogs – I just want to be out away from the city,” said resident Charles Gillingham, 51, who works as a construction inspector and is lead plaintiff in the lawsuit. Residents say their community was settled about 1930, when a family received a land grant in the area under the Homestead Act. The 1862 act was a federal initiative to populate the West by giving away land in open country. To this day, the area still looks like something out of a Western movie. A giant rock formation called the “Three Sisters” looms on the horizon, surrounded by miles of canyons and jutting rocks. Residents live in modest homes on plots of land anywhere from 4acres to more than 100 acres, with telephone and electricity but no gas service. A 1970s dome-roofed home sits on one property, a split-rail fence shields another, horses stand in pens, and water tanks dot the hills. Residents worry that they might be cut off from help in an emergency. And they say they may be forced to sell their homes at rock-bottom prices if they lose access along the 31/2-mile dirt road. “All of a sudden, you can’t go home to your house and you can’t get into your house,” Gillingham said. “What do you do?” Retired commercial fisherman Les Jundy, 62, and his wife, Diane, have lived in their 5-acre home for 33 years. “I’m in this to preserve my house,” Jundy said. At different points, the land along that back route belongs to the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority and Nominn LLC. Residents worry that either of those property owners could cut off access. Previously, however, residents could just drive over the Metrolink tracks and through the Oasis mobile home park to Soledad Canyon Road. In August 2004, new owner Rancho LLC cut off access, but the county Fire Department ordered it reopened. Since December 2004, however, when a flood washed out the bridge over the Santa Clara River – corrugated metal pipes topped with dirt – residents again have not been allowed to pass. Rancho LLC has filed a countercomplaint to the residents’ suit, saying some Briggs Road residents have trespassed. The company also has cleared out the Oasis mobile home park and plans to turn it into an upscale recreational site, with RV hook-ups, a cafe and a pool. “Our view is we’d like to make that a nice area instead of just continue where people do things hodgepodge,” said Joseph Cobert, attorney for Rancho LLC. “And eventually, we’d like to see that area improved.” Rancho LLC’s principal owners are Manny Fernandez, Careylee Moisan and Dennis Tomlinson. The three face felony grand theft charges for allegedly stealing water from SPV Water Co. as board members of the Canyon Country entity. Their attorney in that criminal case could not be reached for comment. Rancho LLC has told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Metrolink that it’s dangerous for residents to cross the tracks with only a stop sign in their path. So the MTA could require a tunnel under the tracks to be built – with residents chipping in at least part of the cost. Rancho LLC also wants a good bridge to be built over the Santa Clara River if residents are going to cross there. “How about that: We’d like to have it done properly and not just the easiest way,” Cobert said. “They (the residents) don’t like that.” Residents fear they could collectively be on the hook for millions of dollars if the MTA requires them to underwrite the cost of a tunnel, and aides to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich say they’re sensitive to those concerns. “It’s in the best interest for everybody to find a way to finance this, to actively engineer a solution that’s good for the community and any future development that would take place out there,” said Norm Hickling, Antelope Valley field deputy for Antonovich. Cobert said he hopes a meeting with interested parties could happen within weeks. Another court hearing in the civil lawsuit between Rancho LLC and residents is scheduled for December. (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AGUA DULCE – All they want is an easy way out. But for 14 households strung along Briggs Road, a remote dirt road through picturesque canyons a few miles south of Vasquez Rocks, accessing civilization has become a daily challenge. For years, residents of this close-knit community could drive over the Metrolink tracks and across a makeshift bridge over the Santa Clara River to get to Soledad Canyon Road. They used the same half-mile route to come home after work. But the new owner of the property along Soledad Canyon Road has blocked access to the Briggs Road residents. Instead, residents now have to use a 31/2-mile back route that also cuts through private land, twisting and turning over rocky terrain. last_img read more

Where are they now: Local athletes making mark on college level

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterA number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ collegiate exploits.Johnson spreads the wealth for UW-River Falls hockeyJohnsonPaige Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Spencer High School and former player for the Marshfield co-op girls hockey team, is a junior on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls women’s hockey team.Johnson has played in all 19 games this season for the Falcons, scoring three goals and assisting on 10 others. Her 10 assists tie her for third on the team.River Falls sits at 15-2-2 after splitting a series at UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 22-23 — winning 4-3 last Friday and losing 2-1 the next day — and beating St. Thomas (Minn.) on Wednesday 3-0. Johnson had three assists in the 4-3 victory.UW-River Falls will play UW-Superior at home on Saturday in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.Fleischmann plays key role for ViterboJared Fleischmann, who graduated from Columbus Catholic High School in 2014, has started all 21 games this season for the Viterbo University (La Crosse) men’s basketball team.Fleischmann is averaging 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.9 steals per game for the V-Hawks, who are 8-13 overall and 3-4 in the North Star Athletic Association.Fleischmann had eight points, six rebounds, and 10 assists in an 86-55 win over Martin Luther (Minn.) on Wednesday.Viterbo will play on Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Northwest Classic. The V-Hawks play Rochester College on Friday and IU-Northwest on Saturday.Gilbert competes for Washington and Lee soccerA 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, Austin Gilbert completed his sophomore season in November as a member of the Washington and Lee University men’s soccer team in Lexington, Va.Gilbert started 17 games and played in 22 for the Generals, who finished the season with a 16-4-2 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs before losing to Haverford College (Pa.) 2-1 on Nov. 15. Gilbert played in both playoff games, taking two shots in a first-round win over Methodist University (N.C.). He had three goals and two assists during the season.Washington and Lee won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 10-0-1 record.last_img read more

Jobsnote Highlights: Macbook Air, iTunes Movie Rentals, Apple TV Redux

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Probably the most anticipated announcement that Apple CEO Steve Jobs made at the annual Macworld expo this morning was that of the MacBook Air: a 13.3″, LED backlit notebook computer that pushes the concept of “thin” to its boundaries. But the one that Jobs spent the most time on, and seemed the most excited about, was the announcement of the iTunes Movie Rentals store in conjunction with the revamp of his maybe-no-longer-a-hobby-project Apple TV.iTunes Rentals and Apple TV 2We all knew iTunes Movie Rentals were coming, all that was left for Jobs to announce were the details.The iTunes Movie Rental store launches today in the US (later this year for the rest of the world), with rentals costing $3.99 for new releases, and $2.99 for library titles. Renters have 30 days to begin watching a movie, and then 24 hours to finish watching it once they do. Every major studio is on board, and Apple’s rental store launches with over 100 titles (1000 promised by the end of February), with new releases appearing 30 days following DVD release (which perhaps indicates some hesitation on the part of studios to embrace a new format — no surprise there).At first glance, Netflix would appear to have a leg up on Apple. Unlimited streaming for a little as $8.99 per month is probably a better deal for most consumers than $4 per movie strapped to a 24 hour viewing window. But where Apple’s system shines is in its convergence with other devices. Whereas Netflix can only stream to Windows PCs, Apple can stream or download rented movies to both the Mac and PC, as well as to any current generation iPod, the iPhone, and the Apple TV.Jobs said in his keynote that many companies have tried to figure out how to stream movies from the PC to the TV — Apple tried, Microsoft tried, TiVo tried, VuDu tried. All of them failed, according to Jobs. In fact, even though Jobs touted the 125 million TV shows and 7 million movies sold so far via iTunes as miles ahead of competitors, he still said they missed their sales goals. That is one of the reasons, according to Jobs, that Apple embraced the idea of rentals, and one of the reasons they revamped the Apple TV so that it could rent and stream video directly from iTunes.Image via TechCrunch.Jobs demonstrated the ability to browse iTunes and rent movies with a single button click directly through the Apple TV. The device can also download and stream podcasts through iTunes, sync with computer content (as before), connect to YouTube, and grab photos from Flickr and .Mac.The Apple TV updates will be pushed to current owners as a free software update. To entice new buyers, Apple lowered the price of the device by $70.MacBook AirThe other major announcement we all knew was coming: the Macbook Air. Speculation that Apple would release an ultrathin notebook has been flying all weekend, and Apple delivered today with one that redefines the meaning of “thin.” Clocking in at just 0.16″ (at its thinnest end, 0.76″ at the thickest), the 3 lbs. Macbook Air sports a 13.3″ LED backlit screen, 1.6-1.8 GHz Intel Core2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 80 GB HD (64 GB SSD option), 802.11n + Bluetooth 2.1/EDR, a reported battery life of 5 hours, and no optical drive.Drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd, the Macbook Air also has a multitouch track pad that allows for a lot of new gestures — like rotating photos by pivoting your thumb and forefinger.While Jobs was clearly tickled by just how thin the Air is (he introduced it by sliding it out of an envelope and then showed a TV commercial playing off that quality), he was also clearly proud of the steps that Apple has made to make the production of the machine more environmentally friendly. It is the first Apple product with a fully mercury and lead free display, BFR-free circuitry, and due to its form factor, it can ship with 56% less packaging.Image via TechCrunch.All that’s remaining is to find out of the MacBook Air can help my vertical leap… (sneaker joke… anyone?).iPhone/iPod Apps and Time CapsuleJobs made two other major, albeit less buzzworthy, announcements at Macworld. After briefly mentioning his excitement over the iPhone SDK coming next month, he announced a handful of new apps for the device. These include an improved mapping application (with location finder), webclips (like bookmarks for your phone’s home screen), and multi-SMS. The new apps are all available as a free software update for iPhone users.The iPod Touch also got some love with the announcement of five new applications: Mail, Maps, Stocks, Weather, and Notes. Inexplicably, while the iPhone gets a free update, the iPod apps (which already exist on the iPhone) will cost users $19.99. That prompted engadget’s Ryan Block to chide Apple for being, “SO weak.” Agreed.The first new product Apple announced at Macworld 08 was a wireless external hard drive. Time Capsule, as it is called, comes in 500GB and 1TB flavors and syncs wirelessly with OS X Leopard via its 802.11n base station to back up your files. The device will ship in February. Tags:#Apple#news#Product Reviews#web center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… josh catone 1 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more